Rakes of Mallow

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Rakes of Mallow

Progressive Sicilian, a man with 2 ladies on his right facing 2 ladies and a man on their left. Thus:-
L-L-M
 M-L-L
A1 Advance and RetireAdvance and Retire Each line of three join hands and take 4 steps forward then 4 steps back.
Advance and retire again 
A2 Spin Opposite Men spin with the end lady from the opposite line
A3 Spin Centre Men spin with the lady next to them in their own line.
B1 Right Hands AroundLeft Hands Around, Ladies Change Men join left hands at shoulder height and walk around once in the centre of the set.
Men turn to join right hands and walk around once. During this the ladies change places within their lines, left lady passing in front.
B2 Circles of ThreeWhip out Each line joins hands in a circle and circles to the left (clockwise) while also moving to the right and around the other line. This is the progression.
The man lets go of the lady on his left side and “whips” his line of 2 ladies out straight to face a new line of 3.
40 bar Reels AAABB A rake is a dandy, Mallow is a town in Cork, Ireland. A very strenuous dance for the men.

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