GORDON OF STRALOCH
A 32-bar Strathspey for three couples in a four couple set
1 - 8 1st and 2nd couples dance the first six bars of Poussette Right Round. On the last two bars, they turn with both hands once round and face down improper, left hands joined with partner.
9 -12 2nd couple followed by 1st couple dance down between 3rd couple, cross to own sides and cast up to progressed places.
13-16 1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple dance right hands across once round. 1st couple finish in the center of the dance, right shoulder to right shoulder, facing 2nd corners.
17-24 Corners Pass & Turn:
17-20 1st couple dance out and loop right around 2nd corner positions, dance in and pass right shoulders in the middle to face 3rd corners. Meanwhile 2nd corners dance in (1 bar), turn with right hands half round (1 bar), dance out (1 bar) and loop right about into place (1 bar).
21-24 1st couple dance out and loop right around 3rd corner positions and, from the ends of the set, cross to 2nd place improper and face out. Meanwhile 1st corners dance in (1 bar), turn with right hands half round (1 bar), dance out (1 bar) and loop right about into place (1 bar).
25-32 Reels of three on the sides.
To begin: 1st man dances out and down, passing 3rd woman by the right.
1st woman dances out and up, passing 2nd man by the right.
2nd couple dance in and down.
3rd couple dance in and up.
At the end: 1st couple, from the ends of their reels, cross to 2nd place proper.
Repeat having passed a couple.
Tunes: "Rorate Coeli" and "I long for thy virginitie," the last from the Straloch Lute Book, 1627.
Recommended recorded music: Set of Strathspey Airs (track 5) on Waverley Station's CD First Stop.
Devised by Peter Price (peter.price1672 [at] gmail.com)