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The Death Star

Stormtrooper in the Cairngorms, Photographer Darryl Jones

Revenge of the Sith Day

May 5

Other Scottish Country Dances for this Day

Today's Musings, History & Folklore

“The force is strong with this one ..."

~ Darth Vader, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977

Search your feelings, dancers ... use the force and channel your inner Skywalker or Princess Leia to interpret those Pillings diagrams easily for the next dance party. Or if you're in a darker mood, break on through to the Dark Side with this reel named for the Death Star, a space station as vast as a natural moon, and equipped with the "ultimate weapon": a planet-obliterating laser! Darth Vader himself would be impressed with the swirling and chasing figures of this namesake dance, best danced to the ominous tune of "Ferla Mor". While the set assembles, why not add a few bars of introduction to the famous "Imperial March", otherwise known as "Darth Vader's theme" by composer John Williams! ⚫ ✴️ ✴️ ✴️ 🍿 🎬

The Death Star

Apocryphally, the fourth of May became Star Wars Day as a result of an indirect Star Wars movie reference first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster stated that her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."  Not to be outdone, the Sith Order (the supernaturally gifted Force-wielders driven by a Machiavellian agenda of galactic domination and revenge against their arch-rivals, the Jedi) have their revenge the following day with "Revenge of the Fifth." 

The Death Star is a fictional mobile space station and galactic superweapon featured in the Star Wars space-opera franchise. The first Death Star, introduced in the original Star Wars film, is stated to be more than 120 kilometers (75 mi) in diameter, and is crewed by an estimated 1.7 million military personnel and 400,000 droids.

The second Death Star, which appears in Return of the Jedi, is significantly larger at between 160 kilometres (99 mi) to 900 kilometres (560 mi) in diameter, and technologically more powerful than its predecessor.

In 1981, following the Voyager spacecraft's flight past Saturn, scientists noticed a resemblance between one of the planet's moons, Mimas, and the Death Star.  

For a list of Star Wars themed cocktails from the Dark Side (including Obi-Rum, Wookie Fuzzball and Dark Vader), using Dark Matter Spiced Rum from Aberdeen, click the Death Star's Doppelgänger moon of Saturn, Mimas!

The Death Star

Click the dance cribs or description below to link to a printable version of the dance!

The Death Star

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