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Strip the Willow (longways) Also known as Orcadian Strip the Willow, Drops of BrandyFormation:
Longways, whole setDifficulty:
|Top couple turns or spins for a bit, then each works down the opposite line (ie of the people of the opposite sex) turning side person LH, partner RH, next side person LH, ...
|When 1st couple reach the bottom, they spin to the end of the phrase, then join the side lines.
|Next top couple starts when there's enough room to do so.
The rule is: right arm to partner, left to everyone else; if someone offers you the wrong arm, take it and don't fuss.
With a very long line this version is a bit tedious, because nothing much happens on the side lines. Better to break the set up.
Callers note: this dance isn't phrased. Start them off and hope.
Anything brisk. Slips jigs such as Drops of Brandy
are often used, but ordinary jigs and reels work just as well.Thumbnail
: Strip the willow both sides at once.