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Taught/practised on: 2015 January 4 th July 12 th
MONTPARNASSE  (S4x32)  Ann Dix  Reel Friends 3  1- 8 1s & 4s set & cross RH, cast in 1 place & dance LH across ½ way  9-16 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides & end facing up/down 17-24 All set to facing person on sides & turn 2H, 2s+4s also 1s+3s circle 4H round to left 25-32 2s+4s also 1s+3s dance Diamond Poussette
This dance was devised for Danielle and Jerry Reinstein whose Parisian home is in Montparnasse, which is on the left bank of the river Seine, centred at the crossroads of the Boulevard du Montparnasse and the Rue de Rennes, between the Rue de Rennes and Boulevard Raspail. Students in the 17 th C who came to recite poetry in the hilly neighbourhood nicknamed it after "Mount Parnassus", home to the nine Muses of arts and sciences in Greek mythology. Montparnasse was absorbed into the capital's 14 th  arrondissement in 1669 and in the 18 th C the hill was levelled to construct the Boulevard Montparnasse. Montparnasse is now easily identified by the modern black tower which dwarfs the Eiffel Tower. The area is also known for cafes and bars, such as the Breton restaurants specialising in crêpes (thin pancakes) located a few blocks from the Gare Montparnasse. The Gare Montparnasse, now one of the Eurostar connecting stations, was the scene of a spectacular rail accident on 22 nd   October 1895.