MALLY'S MEEK, MALLY'S SWEET
32-bar strathspey for 3 couples in a 4-couple set
1-4 1st couple cast into second place (4-bar cast), 2nd couple step up on bars 3 & 4. (1st couple take near hands briefly at end of bar 1)
5-8 1st couple dance between 3rd couple and cast up into second place on own sides.
9-12 1st couple set advancing to first corners (who set back)2 and turn ¾ with two hands to finish in line across the dance, 1st woman between 2nd couple and 1st man between 3rd couple.
12-16 1st couple set advancing to second corners (who set back)3 and turn ¾ with two hands to finish between their corners (i.e., 2nd place on opposite sides).
17-20 With hands joined on the sides, all set then all turn partners with two hands once round.
21-24 1st couple dance half figures of eight across, 1st woman around 2nd couple and 1st man around 3rd couple,4 passing through second place on own sides to finish left shoulder to left shoulder in the center.
25-28 1st couple dance right hands across, 1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple.
29-32 1st couple dance left hands across, 1st woman with 3rd couple and 1st man with 2nd couple (1st couple pass right shoulders in the center to begin), finishing in second place on own sides.
At the end of bar 10, 1st couple should be back to back in the center facing their first corners.
At the end of bar 14, 1st couple should be back to back in the center facing their second corners.
Bars 21-24 are colloquially known as "fishhooks" - 1st woman dances around 2nd woman passing right shoulders and 1st man around 3rd man, also passing right shoulders.
Devised by 2009 by Lee Fuell (fuell [at] mindspring.com)
Mally's meek, Mally's sweet,
Mally's modest and discreet;
Mally's rare, Mally's fair,
Mally's every way complete.
--- Robert Burns, 1795
Posted by ldfs at August 17, 2009 3:59 PM