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The Rimini Set

Also known as: The Gus Goose Set.

From county Non-Ireland. First sides is on the left.

4 Figures

Figure No Bars Figure name Style Avg time
1 120 None Polka 01:47
2 144 None Reel 02:26
3 112 None Jig 01:51
4 152 None Hornpipe 02:56

Usual dancing time (no breaks): 09:00.


Composed by the Italian Set Dancers in Rimini, a beautiful town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It has been given the honorary title of the “Gus Goose Set” to acknowledge the contribution of one of their favourite dancers. Thanks to Michele, Christina, Ida and their friends.

This dance features the “Giga Romagnola”: holding inside hands, all couples dance forward anticlockwise and turn in to face back (2 bars), then dance back clockwise holding the other inside hand (gents LH, ladies RH) (2 bars). Holding these hands, turn in to face partner and the lady turns clockwise to finish with her partner on her left, placing her left hand on her right shoulder. The gent places his right arm over her shoulder taking her left hand with his right. They continue to turn clockwise side by side with the gent going clockwise around the outside to his own place as he releases the lady’s right hand while still holding her left. She spins (or unwinds) a full turn clockwise to face the centre beside him (4 bars). This movement is shared from a popular Italian dance of the same name from this region.

The fourth figure can be done to hornpipes or barn dances.

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Author Title Ref Last Updated
Pat Murphy Last Night's Fun p98


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