May 19, 2014

Lagavulin 5x32 S

LAGAVULIN
32-bar Strathspey for 5 couples in a 5-couple set

1-8    1s & 2s and 3s & 4s espagnole:
    1s+2s (& 3s+4s) cross (Women lead across RH passing between Men) with Women changing places RH
    1s+2s (& 3s+4s) cross back (Men lead across RH between Women) with Men changing places RH
    2s & 4s turn RH once round while 1s & 3s turn LH once round
1s and 3s end facing 1st corners

9-16     1s & 3s turn 1st corners RH, partner LH, 2nd corners RH, partners LH; 1s & 3s end facing 1st corners

17- 24     Diagonal reels of 4 with 1st corners,1s & 3s giving R shoulder to 1st corners to start, 1s & 3s take LH at end of reel ready for ...

25-32     1s turn LH and cast to 3rd place opposite side, dance ½ figure of 8 up through 4s
while 3s turn LH and cast to 5th place opposite side, dance ½ figure of 8 up through 5s,
(4s and 5s step up on bar 27/28 so that they get lots of time to remember how to dance the espagnole) ending 24153

Suggested Music: "Roy's Threescore and Ten" as on Colin Dewar's Special Requests Vol 5 : Hamilton Welcome.

Devised by Gordon Scott (gordon.scott [at] btinternet.com). The name of Lagavulin is an anglicization of the Gaelic "lag a'mhuilin", meaning "hollow by the mill", and is also the name of a well-known single malt whisky.

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May 10, 2014

Janice 3x32 S

JANICE

32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 3-couple set

1-8    All 3 couples dance the petronella figure (petronella turn and set, repeat) to partner's side.

9-16    1C dance in slightly and cast to 2nd place, cross down between 3C, giving LH briefly, and cast up to 2nd place on own sides. 2C step up on bars 3-4 of the phrase.

17-20    1C and dancers in 1st corner positions advance one step and retire on the diagonal; repeat with 2nd corners

21-24    All 3 couples dance back-to-back

25-32    Diagonal rights and lefts (i.e. half R & L with 1st corners, then half R & L with 2nd corners)

Music: No designated tune as of yet. Any good Strathspey in the traditional style (i.e. not an air).

Devised in June 2013 by Lara Friedman-Shedlov (lfriedmanshedlov [at] gmail.com) for Janice Lacock, now of Madison, Wisconsin. However, the dance did not actually debut until May 2014, when it was taught to members of the Oslo Scottish Country Dance Group, with whom Janice used to dance.


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October 24, 2013

Turn, Turn, Turn 3x32 S

TURN, TURN, TURN

A 32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 3-couple set


1-4     1st man cast off one place and turn 2nd lady once around with both hands, 2nd man stepping up on bars 1 and 2.

5-8     1st lady turn 2nd man once around with both hands and cast off one place, 2nd lady stepping up on bars 7 and 8

9-16     1st and 2nd couples set to and turn partner once around with both hands in 2 bars, opening to dance four hand around to the left.

17-20     1st couple set advancing to first corners and turn first corner with both hands finishing with 1st man between 3rd couple facing up and 1st lady between 2nd couple facing down.

21-24     1st couple set advancing to second corners, passing partner by the left shoulder, and turn second corner with both hands finishing with 1st man in 2nd lady's place facing down and 1st lady in 2nd man's place facing up.

25-32     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance 6 bar left shoulder reel of three with 1st couple crossing to the bottom on their own side giving left hand, 3rd couple finishing in 2nd place.

Devised October 2012, by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

NOTES: I will leave the choice of music up to you, but I like the Music Makars "Beauty of the North" from their CD "Jig for Joy".

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February 4, 2013

Minister on the Mississippi 8x32 S

THE MINISTER ON THE MISSISSIPPI
or THE REVEREND ALAN GRANT

32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

1-4     1C lead down for 4 bars. 2C step up on bars 3-4.

5-8     1C lead up for 2 bars to just above 3C, and turn RH once around to finish in promenade hold facing up.

9-16     1C in promenade hold dance a reel of 3 across with 3C, passing 3M by LS to begin. 1C end in 2nd place, still in the middle of the dance and 3C finish by curving in behind 1C to take promenade hold. 2C dance in on bar 16 to take promenade hold.

17-24     2C, 1C and 3C allemande. On the last 2 bars, instead of retiring, 1C petronella turn to finish woman between 3C (at the top) facing down, man between 2C (at the bottom) facing up.

25-30     3C with 1W and 2C with 1M take hands and set in lines of 3 across. All advance (1 bar) and retire (1 bar), and change places RH with opposite person.

31-32     1C petronella turn to 2nd place on own sides.

Tune: "Glengrant" by J. S. Skinner

Devised December 2012 by Lara Friedman~Shedlov (lfriedmanshedlov [at] gmail.com) in memory of RSCDS Twin Cities Branch member Alan Grant, who passed away on October 29. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Alan spent most of his adult life in Minneapolis and many years living along the shores of the Mississippi.

UPDATE 6 Feb 2013: Moved instructions for bars 31-32 to a separate line to make it more clear that only 1C are dancing the last 2 bars. Slight wording change to bars 25-30 to help clarify that crossing on bars 29-30 is up and down the set.

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April 12, 2012

Heathery Breeze 4x32 S

HEATHERY BREEZE
32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1s dance Mirror Crossover Reel of Three finishing in partner's original place

9-10     1s cross down to second position own sides facing out while 2s continue reeling to finish in top position

11-12     1s turn 3s halfway on the sidelines, men by LH, ladies by RH

13-16     1M dances down between 4s and casts up and around 4L to finish in the center facing up while 1L dance up between 3s and casts down and around 3M to finish in the center facing down. 1s are back to back

17-24     1s circle three hands round to the left, 1M with 3s, 1L with 4s, cross up/down to circle three hands round to the right, 1L with 3s, 1M with 4s, 1s finishing in third position opposite sidelines, 1M facing up, 1L facing down

25-30     Reels of three on opposite sides in six bars, begin passing facing person by right shoulder, 1s finish back in third position facing down

31-32     1s cross down to fourth position own sides while 4s continue reeling to finish in third position

Devised by Bob Davidson (piobbeag [at] aol.com) after listening to a tune by the same name performed by Matt Molloy.

Suggested recorded music: "The Double Diamond Strathspey" from the Muriel Johnstone/Keith Smith album, Vintage Goldring.

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March 9, 2012

Groundhog Day 8x32 S

GROUNDHOG DAY
32-bar Strathspey for 2 couples in a 4-couple set

1-4    1s+2s Set & Cross RH
5-8     Set & 3/4 Turn Both Hands to face each other in the middle (Man facing down, ladies facing up).
9-16    1s+2s dance reel of 4 in the middle
17-20     1s+2s Set to each other in the middle & turn RH to the own Side.
21-24     1s+2s Set & 3/4 Turn Both Hands in the middle (facing up), ready for...
25-32    1s+2s dance Allemande.

Devised by Sergey Kargapoltsev (robroyway [at] gmail.com).

Suggested recorded music: "Cuillins of Skye" by Alastair Hunter & the Lorne Scottish Dance Band - http://my.strathspey.org/dd/recording/5142/

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September 21, 2011

Corners' Hello 8x32 S

CORNERS' HELLO

32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1st and 2nd couples Set and Rotate. 2nd couple finish in first place and 1st couple in 2nd place, all facing in.

9-12     1st couple, passing left shoulder, set advancing to first corner and turn that corner in two bars finishing woman between 2nd couple and man between 3rd couple, both facing their own side of the dance (fourth corner position).


13-16     1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple, half reel of three across the dance passing the person they are facing by the left shoulder to begin. Finish with 1st couple facing each other up and down the set.

17-20     1st couple passing left shoulder, set advancing to 2nd corner person (third corner position) and turn that corner in two bars to finish man between 2nd couple and woman between 3rd couple, both facing the opposite side (second corner position).


21-24     1st man with 2nd couple and 1st woman with 3rd couple, half reel of three across passing that corner position by the left shoulder to begin. Finish in lines of three across, 1st man between 2nd couple all facing down and 1st woman between 3rd couple all facing up.


25-28     1st man with 2nd couple and 1st woman with 3rd couple, Set and Link finishing in order 2, 1, 3 on opposite side of the dance.

29-32     All set and, giving right hand to partners, cross to own side.

NOTES:

If you feel adventurous, try this dance in Jig or Reel Time.

Bars 11-12 and 23-24 Turning corners will be standard 2-hand turns in strathspey time or right hand turns in jig or reel time.

Bars 17-18 Setting to corners in Jig or Reel Time - 1s can pass their partner by the right shoulder directly toward the corner to their left.

Devised by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

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August 3, 2011

The Red Squirrel 4x32 S

THE RED SQUIRREL

32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

1 - 4    1st couple set, turn with both hands finish in the middle facing down.
5 - 8    1st couple dance down 1 place and turn with both hands to 1st corner, 2nd couple step up on bars 5 & 6
9 - 12    Highland Schottische Setting with 1st corners
13 - 16    1st couple turn their 1st corner with right hand, partner with left hand to finish facing 2nd corner
17 - 20    Highland Schottische Setting with 2nd corners
21 - 24    1st couple turn their 2nd corner with right hand, partner with left to finish in the middle facing up
25- 28    1st couple cast off 2 places, 3rd and 4th couple step up on bars 27 & 28
29- 32    1st couple turn with both hands 1 ½ times

Finish in the order 2341

Recommended recorded music: "The Fair Maid of Perth" by Jim Cameron and his Scottish Dance Band from the album The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh.

Devised by Sybille Spägele (macrudi [at] t-online.de), June 2011. Dedicated to Jim Rae of Lockerbie

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August 2, 2011

Redfoot's Ramble 4x32 S

REDFOOT'S RAMBLE

32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1C lead down the middle and up, the other three couples creating arches (virtual).

9-12     1C turn by the RH 1 ½ times moving down between the 2C so 1W faces 2M and 1M faces 2W

13-16     1C and 2C dance a half reel of four, 2C dancing up into first place at the end and 1C turning down by the RH to between 3C

17-20     1C & 3C repeat 13-16, 3C finishing on opp. side in 2nd place, 1C moving down to between 4C

21-24     1C & 4C repeat 13-16, 4C dancing up to 3rd place opposite side, 1C turning RH to finish on opposite side.

25-32     All four couples on opposite sides, join nearer hands on the side and advance and retire (one step each) twice, then turn partner w/both hands once and a half t finish on own side progressed.

Note: Bars 9 through 24 are the figure known as the "spurtle".

Tune: "Morlan Fancy" by Linda Lieberman

Devised by Linda Lieberman (lindasuzan [at] aol.com) assisted by the Monday night Scottish dancers at St. Luke's church, Des Moines, Iowa.This dance is dedicated to Paige Morlan and Jonathan Rothfus on the occasion of their marriage, Saturday, July 23, 2011. We wish them all the best as they start their new life together.

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July 2, 2010

Ke Nako - It is Time 3x32 S

KE NAKO - IT IS TIME

In honour of the 2010 Soccer World Cup - proudly hosted by South Africa.

32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 3-couple set


1 - 2     1st, 2nd and 3rd couples turn partners once round with two hands and stay in the middle facing their partners.

3 - 4     1st, 2nd and 3rd couples set to their partners and pass left shoulders on the second setting step to finish back to back with their partners facing opposite sides.

5-8     1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance out to opposite sides and chase half way round the set to finish in the order 3, 2, 1 with 2nd couple facing 1st corners.

9 - 16      2nd couple dance set to corners and partners with their corners. On the last two bars 2nd couple set advancing and pass left shoulder on the second setting step to finish with 2nd woman facing 3rd couple at the top and 2nd man facing 1st couple at the bottom.

17 - 20     2nd woman and 3rd couple dance right hands across once round. 2nd man and 1st couple dance likewise.

21 - 24     2nd woman, followed by 3rd woman and 3rd man and at the same time 2nd man, followed by 1st man and 1st woman, dance the snake pass to finish on own sides in the order 1, 2, 3:

2nd woman, followed by 3rd woman and 3rd man, cross down and chase anticlockwise through 3rd man and 3rd woman's place to 2nd woman's place while 2nd man, followed by 1st man and 1st woman, cross up and chase anticlockwise through 1st woman and 1st man's place to 2nd man's place. 2nd couple pass left shoulder to start.

25 - 28     1st and 2nd couples set, 1st couple cast off into 2nd place while 2nd couple, joining nearer hands with partners, dance up and curve the long way round into 1st place.


29 - 32     1st and 3rd couples set, 1st couple, joining nearer hands with partners, dance down and curve the long way round into 3rd place while 3rd couple cast up into 2nd place.


The order is now 2, 3, 1.

Repeat twice more.

Devised by Wouter Joubert (WouterJ [at] tshwane.gov.za), Pretoria, South Africa, June 2010.

Recommended tune: "Of Meetings and Partings" by Wouter Joubert

The Tswana expression "Ke nako" which can be translated with "It is time" was widely used during the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

[UPDATED to correct wording of bars 29-32 on 5 July 2010]

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November 11, 2009

Miss McBurnie's Wedding 3x32 S

MISS McBURNIE'S WEDDING

32-bar strathspey for three couples in a three-couple longways set

1 - 8     2nd couple followed by 1st couple lead down and back to place.

9 - 16     1st and 2nd couples Set and Link. 1st couple set advancing and turn with both hands.

17 - 24     1st and 3rd couples dance the knot.

25 - 32     1st couple dance up for two bars, turn twice with both hands, dance back to 3rd place.

Recommended recorded music: "The Partnership" from "Vintage Goldring" by Muriel Johnstone & Keith Smith

Devised by Andrew Hodgson (andrew [at] hodgson.za.net), in celebration of his marriage to Miss Heather McBurnie on 10th October 2009 in Cape Town.

May be reproduced for dance instruction and use.

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November 5, 2009

Gordon of Straloch 8x32 S

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)

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October 28, 2009

The Physicist's Folly 1x128 S

THE PHYSICIST'S FOLLY
(aka A-A prime-BC transpose)

128-bar strathspey for 4 couples in a square set

1-8     1C & 3C dance ladies' chain ending in promenade hold.

9-16     1C & 3C promenade CCW halfway around the inside of the set to change places and face in, then set advancing and turn BH halfway with the person opposite to end facing the side couples. (1W facing 2W, 1M facing 4M, 3W facing 4W, and 3M facing 2M)

17-24     Parallel reels of 4 across the set, ending with 1W facing 3W with their partners behind them.

25-32     1C & 3C dance a reel of 4 up and down the dance, 1W & 3W passing right shoulder to start. 1C & 3C end in original places.

33-64     2C & 4C repeat bars 1-32.

65-72     All set, then all women dance RH across and dance around partners passing them left shoulder, ending in original places.

73-80     All set, then all men dance LH across and turn partners RH to end with men facing in and women facing out.

81-96     All dance Schiehallion reels, ending with all women facing out.

97-104     All women dance one position CW, turn the man they meet once round RH, dance one position CW, and turn the man they meet once round RH to end facing.

105-112     All dance a grand chain around the set, taking 1 bar per pass, ending with men facing CCW.

113-120     All men dance one position CCW, turn the woman they meet once round LH, dance one position CCW, and turn partners LH into allemande hold facing CCW.

121-128     All dance halfway around the set in allemande hold to original places, turn in on bar 5, then turn the women to face (as in allemande) so the women are back-to-back in the center. All turn partners once round RH, women ending back-to-back in the center, and honor partners.

Devised by Sue McKinnell (luvscd [at] suedan.com)

Suggested Music: "Fill the Fetters" from Celebrate 50 Years with the Boston Branch.

UPDATE 9 November 2009: Wording for bars 9-16 and 73-80 slightly tweaked

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August 17, 2009

Mally's Meek, Mally's Sweet 8x32 S

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.

Notes:
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


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November 18, 2008

Lairds' Chain 8x32 S

THE LAIRDS' CHAIN

32 bar Strathspey for two couples

1-4     First and second couples dance right hands across once around; finish in place, first couple facing down and second couple facing up

5-8     First and second women set and turn with right hands, a three-quarter turn, and finish facing each other; first and second men do the same, to make a line of four across the dance

9-16     Reel of four across the dance

17-20     First and second women, also first and second men, set, and turn with both hands, a three-quarter turn; open out, retaining near hands, and flow into

21-24     second and first couples circle, four hands round to the left; finish on the sidelines

25-32     Second and first couples dance rights and lefts

Repeat, having passed a couple

Tune: Mountain Mist, by A. M. Laird

Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc [at] cc.umanitoba.ca), Winnipeg, March 2003, for Rena and Adam Laird . This dance can be used to introduce relatively new dancers to the reel of four. It is a variation of "The Lairds' Diamond," the reel of four is central to Scottish country dancing, just as Rena and Adam Laird have been central to the local Scottish cultural community for as long as we have known them.

The dance could also be done as a jig; in that case, we suggest skip-change-of-step for the two hand turns at bars 19-20. That may not be according to current RSCDS convention, but it will make the flow into the circle more pleasant. Finally, it could be done as a medley, 32 bars strathspey followed by 32 bars jig for each couple in a three couple set.


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Lairds' Diamond 8x32 S

THE LAIRDS' DIAMOND

32 bar Strathspey for two couples

1-4     First couple turn with right hands once around; finish in place, facing down (first man curves round by the right to face down), and second couple face up

5-8     First and second women set and turn with right hands, a three-quarter turn, and finish facing each other; first and second men do the same, to make a line of four across the dance

9-16     Reel of four across the dance

17-20     First and second women, also first and second men, set, and turn with both hands, a three-quarter turn, opening out, retaining near hands, to flow into

21-24     Second and first couples circle, four hands round to the left; finish on the sidelines

25-32     Second and first couples dance a Diamond Poussette (like an all round poussette, except that partners take equal steps in to meet in the centre on the first bar, and couples are covered up and down at the end of the first and fourth bars)

Repeat, having passed a couple

Tune: Mountain Mist, by A. M. Laird

Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc [at] cc.umanitoba.ca), for Rena and Adam Laird, on the occasion of their Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary, 10 April 2003. Rena and Adam were married in Glasgow in 1943, and emigrated to Winnipeg a few years later. A devoted couple - symbolised by the solo turn for the first couple - they have also been very active in their community, both Rena's hospitality and Adam's music being appreciated by many people, including visitors to Winnipeg from faraway parts of the world. The reel of four is central to Scottish country dancing, as they have been central in their community, and the Diamond Poussette salutes their Diamond Anniversary.

Peter McClure, Winnipeg, March 2003

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November 3, 2008

Audrey & Peter's Jubilee 3x48 S

AUDREY & PETER'S JUBILEE

48-bar strathspey for 3 couples in a 3-couple set

1 - 4     1st couple turn once round with the right hand and cast off to second place on own sides. 2nd couple step up on bars 3 and 4.

5 - 8     1st man dances a half figure of eight round 3rd couple, passing 3rd lady by the left shoulder to begin. 1st lady dances a half figure of eight round 2nd couple, passing 2nd man by the left shoulder to begin. 1st couple finish in second place on opposite sides. At the same time, 2nd and 3rd couple set to partners and cross over giving right hands.

9 - 12     1st couple turn once and three quarters with the left hand to finish facing partner’s second corner position (1st lady facing 2nd man and 1st man facing 3rd lady).

13 - 16     1st lady with 2nd man and 1st man with 3rd lady dance a half turn giving right hand. 2nd man and 3rd lady turn once and a quarter with the left hand to face their partners (who are in first corner positions).

17 - 20     2nd and 3rd couples dance a half turn giving right hands to their partners. 2nd lady and 3rd man turn once and a quarter with the left hand to face 1st couple (who are in second corner positions).

21 - 24     3rd man with 1st lady and 2nd lady with 1st man dance a half turn giving right hand. 1st couple turn with the left hand to finish with 1st lady between 2nd and 3rd men (in first place), all facing down and 1st man between 2nd and 3rd ladies (in third place), all facing up.

25 - 32     Joining hands, all set in lines of three then dance 6 bar reels of three across the dance, 1st couple giving right shoulder to the dancer on their right to begin the reel. 2nd and 3rd couples should end this reel by dancing loops on the corners.

33 – 40     All dance 6 bar reels of three on the sides of the dance, 1st lady giving left shoulder to 2nd lady and 1st man giving left shoulder to 3rd man to begin the reels. Finish in lines of three across the dance as at the end of bar 24 and joining hands, all set.

41 – 4     8 All dance six hands round to the left to finish with 2nd and 3rd couples on own sides and 1st couple in second place on opposite sides. 1st couple turn once and a half with the right hand.

Finish in the order 312.

Suitable Music: CD Dancers’ Choice 2, Robert Whitehead & the Danelaw Dance Band, Track 6 ‘One for the Millenium’.

Devised by John Brenchley (jbrenchley [at] hatch.com.au) and presented to Audrey and Peter Saunders on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

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September 24, 2008

Ladebraes 4x32 S

LADEBRAES

32 bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

2 Chords – on the second chord 3rd and 4th couples cross over with partner

1- 4    Taking hands on the sides, all set and turn partner both hands once round, to melt into:

5- 6     1st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple four hands round to the left halfway, finishing out on the sidelines.

7- 8     2nd and 3rd couples cross over with partners giving right hands, while 1st and 4th couples ½ turn partner right hands to finish in promenade hold (men have partners on their right) 1st couple facing 2nd woman and 4th couple facing 3rd woman.

9-12     1st and 4th couples ½ diagonal reel of four with 2nd and 3rd women. 1st and 4th couples pass each other right shoulder at the end to finish 1st couple facing 2nd man and 4th couple pacing 3rd man.

13-16     1st and 4th couples ½ diagonal reel of four with the 2nd and 3rd men. At the end, 1st and fourth couple approach the other couple dropping hands with partner at the end of bar 16 to finish in promenade hold 1st and with 4th woman facing out the women's side and 1st woman with 4th man facing out the men's side.

17-20     ½ reels of three on the sidelines. To begin, 1st man & 4th woman give right shoulder to 2nd man and 1st woman & 4th man give right shoulder to 3rd man to begin. At the end of bar 20, 1st and 4th couples drop hands finish in promenade hold with own partners, 1st couple facing out the men's side and 4th couple facing out the women's side.

21-24     ½ reels of three across the dance. To begin, 1st couple pass 3rd man left shoulder and 4th couple pass 2nd man left shoulder. At the end of bar 24, 1st and 4th couples approach each other again.

25-28     1st and 4th couple dance right hands across once round, finishing by retaining hold of partner's right hand ready for:

29-32     1st couple lead down, crossing below 3rd couple and cast up into 3rd place opposite sides, while 4th couple lead up crossing above 2nd couple and cast off in to 2nd place own sides.

Finish in the order 2 4 1 3.

Devised by Duncan Brown, Chudleigh, Devon, UK (duncanqlnbrown [at] tiscali.co.uk).

Tune: "Compliments to Ian Powrie" (Angus Fitchet), The Music of Angus Fitchet, Volume 1, published by National Association of Accordian and Fiddle Clubs. Suitable recorded music is any good 4 x 32 strathspey (trad type ones).

Notes: Ladebraes in St Andrews, Scotland is a short cut between South Street and the Boys Brigade Hall used by dancers 'in the know' on the long walk to the hall. Ladebraes was one of the possible titles of The Chequered Court when I wrote it in 2001. However, I decided that Ladebraes sounded like a strathspey rather than a quick time dance, so here is the dance to go with the title!


UPDATE: Tune information was updated on 20 October 2008

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September 2, 2008

Twinkle in His Eye 4x32 S

A TWINKLE IN HIS EYE
32- bar strathspey for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

1 - 4    1st and 4th couple cross giving right hands, 1st couple cast off one place while 4th couple cast up one place. 2nd and 3rd couples step up or down on bars 3-4

5 - 8    1st and 4th couples dance right hands across once round, 1st and 4th couples keep hold of their partners right hand and finish 1st couple facing up and 4th couple facing down.

9 - 12    1st couple lead up, crossing over and cast off one place while 2nd couple cast off one place and cross up left hand to curve into first place.At the same time, 4th couple lead down, crossing over and cast up one place while 3rd couple cast up one place and cross down right hand to curve
into 4th place.

13 - 16     1st and 4th couples dance half rights and lefts.

17 - 24     4 couple set and link:
    17 - 18     All 4 couples, joining hands, set on the sidelines
    19 - 20     4th man, followed by 2nd man and 1st women followed by 3rd woman pulling the right shoulder back, cast and curve round to the right while 1st man followed by 3rd man and 4th woman followed by 2nd woman dance through the middle of the set, men passing left shoulders with the women and curve to the right to end in lines of four across the dance as shown in figure 1.
    21 - 22     All set in lines of 4 across the dance.
    23 - 24    4 4th man followed by 2nd man and 1st woman followed by 3rd woman, pulling the right shoulder back, cast and curve round to the right while 3rd man followed by 1st man and 2nd woman followed by 4th woman dance through the middle of the set and curve to the right to end in the sidelines in the order 3, 1, 4, 2, everyone on their own side of the dance.

25 - 32     Eight hands round and back.

Repeat from new positions.

figure: bars 21-22

Note:
In the 4 couple set and link, the same people are on the right hand ends of the lines in bars 17 -18 and 21 - 22 i.e. 2nd man and 3rd woman however on the left hand end of the line, the people change, so in bars 17 - 18 3rd man and 2nd woman are on the end, whereas in bars 21 - 22 1st man and 4th woman are on the end.

Devised by Chris Godwin, 8th September 2007. Dedicated to Roy Goldring, who devised so many of my favourite dances.

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September 1, 2008

Miss Dow's Strathspey 8x32 S

MISS DOW'S STRATHSPEY

32-bar Strathspey for 3-couples in a 4-couple set

1 - 4     1st and 2nd couples set and cross with partners giving right hand, and face out.

5 - 8     2nd couple followed by 1st couple dance down the sides, and in and up around 3rd couple. 2nd couple lead to the top, cross and face out in 1st position. 1st couple lead to centre of the set in 2nd position facing up.

9 - 16     1st, 2nd, and 3rd couples dance Reels of Three on the sides; 1st man with 2nd and 3rd ladies, and 1st lady with 2nd and 3rd men. To begin the 1st couple dance up and out, the 2nd couple out and down, and the 3rd couple out and up. 2nd and 3rd couples finish in 1st and 3rd places respectively, on their own sides by looping into place, while 1st couple finish in 2nd place on their opposite sides.

17 - 20     1st man with 3rd couple, and 1st lady with 2nd couple, dance Three Hands Round to the left. On bar 20 1st couple pass by their right to change circles. ( 2nd and 3rd couples retain their partner's hand, and the shape of the formation while 1st couple change circles.)

21 - 24     1st man with 2nd couple, and 1st lady with 3rd couple, dance Three Hands Round to the right. On bar 24 1st couple pull back left shoulders to face one another in the centre of the set; man facing down lady facing up.

25 - 28     1st couple set to one another and dance a petronella turn to 2nd place on their own sides

29 - 32     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples turn with both hands to places.

Repeat from new positions.

Music: "Miss Dow's Fancy? by John Reid ( arranged by Nan Main)

Devised by Alan Macpherson (amdmac [at] blueyonder.co.uk).
"Miss Dow was a very influential figure in promoting and developing SCD in the Dundee area and some have described her as the "Miss Milligan" of the East. Alistair Macfadyen was of the opinion that Miss Dow deserved more recognition from the Society than was accorded to her, and Alistair suggested that a dance in her honour would be a fitting tribute and that I should write such a dance for publication by the Society. The strathspey, "Miss Dow's Strathspey", was devised by me and submitted to the Society in the mid 90s, but unfortunately it was rejected."

"The composer of the tune 'Miss Dow's Fancy' was John Reid (1869-1942), a famous Angus "Dancie" from Newtyle. He taught step dancing at the early Summer Schools and his Newtyle Orchestra provided the music for the Younger Hall dances. 'Miss Dow's Fancy' was first played by John Reid's orchestra at a Dundee Branch dance in the Training College Hall on the 14th December, 1934"

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June 24, 2008

Molly MacLay of Kilfinnan 3x32 S

MOLLY MacLAY OF KILFINNAN

32-bar strathspey for three couples in a three-couple longways set

1 - 8     1st and 2nd couples Set and Link; 1st and 3rd couples Set and Link (finishing in order 2, 3, 1).

9 - 16    All set. In four bars, 1st couple cast to 1st place while 2nd couple dance down the middle and cast into 3rd place. All set again (finishing in order 1, 3, 2).

17-24    1st, 3rd and 2nd couples turn once round with right hands in four bars, finishing the turn facing up in Allemande hold. 1st, 3rd and 2nd couples set with Highland Schottische setting step (women are slightly in front of their partners; men’s working feet are behind their partners’).

25-32    1st, 3rd and 2nd couples Allemande.


Music: Strathspeys suitable for Highland Schottische.
Recommended recorded music: “The Highland Minstrel Boy,? track 13 from “For Old Tymes Sake? by Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent.

Devised by Donald L. Fuell, Jr. (fuell [at] mindspring.com), 2008. May be reproduced for dance instruction and use.

Molly MacLay of Kilfinnan is the full name of the devisor’s black Labrador retriever, who while in her sixties in human years personifies Miss Milligan’s philosophy of controlled abandon – well, almost controlled…You can see pictures of Molly and her adopted pack mate Jasmine at http://picasaweb.google.com/Lee.Fuell/Dogs.

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June 8, 2008

Blethering Ghillie 8x32 S

THE BLETHERING GHILLIE

32-bar strathspey for three couples in a four-couple longwise set

1-8     1st and 2nd couples set, turn partners with both hands, and circle four hands round to the left.

9-16     1st and 2nd couples dance the knot; 1st couple finish facing first corners.

17-24     1st couple dance corners pass and turn with first corners, pass right shoulders in the center of the set, dance corners pass and turn with second corners, and pass right shoulders across the set to finish in second place on own sides, facing out. (Corners turn with both hands.)

25-32     1st couple dance figures of eight on their own sides in six bars, beginning by giving right shoulder to the person on their right, finishing with 1st woman between 2nd couple facing down and 1st man between 3rd couple facing up. On bars 31 and 32, 1st couple turn with left hands ¾ to finish in 2nd place on own sides, ready to begin again.

The Blethering Ghillie is the deviser’s pub, located in the basement of his home in Beavercreek, Ohio, USA. Much blethering has transpired there over the years, especially at afters parties following dance events.

Devised by Donald L. Fuell, Jr. (fuell [at] mindspring.com), 2008. May be reproduced for dance instruction and use.

UPDATE 9 June 2008: Corrected the last sentence of the instruction for bars 25-32.

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January 16, 2008

Mentor, The 96 S

THE MENTOR

A 96 bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a square set.

First Figure.

1 - 8    All four men dance right hands across 1-1/4 round; they dance out and cast to the right, behind the lady opposite their partner, and curve round by the right to face her.

9 -16    All four couples dance a double reel of four.

17 - 24     The men dance four hands round to the right in the centre finishing by pulling back their left shoulders to face the opposite lady; all set and, giving right hands, change places.

25 - 32    All dance a double targe:

The ladies dance left hands across 3/4 round while the men dance on one place clockwise. The men turn the ladies with the right hand; these four bars are repeated, but on bars 31-32 all turn 3/4 to finish facing into the centre with the ladies on the left of the men.

Second Figure.

1 - 8    All four ladies dance right hands across 1¼ round; they dance out and cast to the right, behind their (original) partner, and curve round by the right to face him.

9 -16     All four couples dance a double reel of four.

17 - 24    The ladies dance four hands round to the right in the centre finishing by pulling back their left shoulders to face their partner; all set and, giving right hands, change places.

25 - 32    All dance a double targe:

The men dance left hands across 3/4 round while the ladies dance on one place clockwise. The ladies turn their partner with the right hand; these four bars are repeated, but on bars 31-32 all turn partner 3/4 to finish facing into the centre opposite original places.

Third Figure.

1 - 8    All set to their partners turn 3/4 with the right hand to promenade hold and dance two places clockwise to original places.

9 - 16    First and third couples, set and, pulling their right shoulders back, cast into the set to face across the dance. They dance four hands round for two bars and the men lead their partners out to original places.

17 - 24    Second and fourth couples repeat bars 9 - 16.

25 - 32    Eight hands round and back

Music: suitable recorded music is "Singing Sands" on Reflections of Dalriada.

Devised by Brian Charlton (briangcharlton [at] gmail.com), October, 2007. This dance was written to honour Margaret Sim on the occasion of her being presented with a well-deserved RSCDS Branch Award at the Branch Closing Social on 8th December 2007. Margaret has been a mentor for dancers, teachers, clubs and the Branch over many years.

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January 14, 2008

Miss Ilona Brown 5x32 S

MISS ILONA BROWN

32-bar strathspey for 5 couples in a longwise set

1 - 4     1s & 3s lead down two places, cross over below 4s & 5s, and cast up one place (2s & 4s step up on 1 & 2)

5 - 8     All 5 couples turn partners with both hands(2s, 4s and 5s turn once finishing in sidelines; 1s & 3s turn 1-1/2 and finish in middle, facing up, nearer hands joined)

9 - 12     1s & 3s dance up for 2, set to partners,

13 - 16     1s & 3s dance down for 2, turn partners with both hands and finish facing first corners (lady pulls back R Sh, as in Sugar Candie)

17 - 24     1s & 3s set to first corners, dance round each other (R Sh back) to face second corners, 1s & 3s set to second corners, dance round each other to finish 1L between 2s facing 2L, 3M between 5s facing 5M, 1M 3L between 4s, 1M facing 4M, 3L facing 4L (1M & 3L pass L Sh)

25 - 32     1s & 3s dance the LOOP and cross down to third & fifth places, i.e.

     [3] half reels of three / four across (R Sh to start) – on bar 3 1s & 3s change to other reel

     [3] half reels of three / four across (R Sh)

     [2] 2s 4s 5s loop round / dance up to finish 2s at top, 4s in 2nd place, 5s in 4th place, while 1s & 3s cross down to 3rd & 5th place, passing partners L Sh

NOTE: in bars 25 – 32, although the reels are continuous, the priority changes in the reels of three, so they are actually two half reels

Devised by Malcolm Brown (mlamontbrown [at] btopenworld.com). Miss Ilona Brown is one of his grand-daughters. This dance was the result of having five couples in the class when wanting to teach a three couple dance (in a four couple set).

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November 2, 2007

Dancing on Water 4x32 S

DANCING ON WATER
32-bar Strathspey for a 4 couple longwise set

2 chords – couples 3 and 4 start from opposite sides

1-4     1st couple cross right hand and cast off one place
while 4th couple cross right hand and cast up one place.
2nd and 3rd couples step up/down on bars 3-4.

5-8     2nd + 3rd couples set + cross over right hands to opposite sides (and face in)
while 1st and 4th couples (in the middle places) set + link to change places (keep facing the direction they are coming).
All 4 couples may give hands on the sidelines while setting.

9-12     4th and 1st couples (= middle couples) dance a full right hands across.
At the end 4th couple face up to 2nd couple (which is in top place), and 1st couple faces down to 3rd couple (in bottom place).

13-16     All turn left hands once round (2nd man + 4th lady; 2nd lady + 4th man; 1st man + 3rd lady; 1st lady + 3rd man).

17-24     4th and 1st couple (still middle couples) dance a full “Men’s Chain?.

25-28     2nd couple dance a ½ figure of eight down around 4th couple,
while 3rd couple dance a ½ figure of eight up around 1st couple. (Start by crossing up or down.)

29-32     All four couples turn partner both hands one round.

New order is now: 2 4 1 3

Repeat 3 more times from new places

Devised by Martina Mueller-Franz (mcmuellerfranz [at] aol.com), 31. May 2007. This dance was first tried out during a small occasion in Beelen (near Muenster, Germany) in June 2007. We used a small room adjacent to the organiser's house. I subsequently learned that the wooden floor covers their former small indoor swimming pool. This inspired me to call this dance: “Dancing on Water?.

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October 29, 2007

Irish Bride 8x32 S

THE IRISH BRIDE
8x32 Strathspey for three couples in a 4-couple longwise set

1-2     1st couple turn by the right
3-4     Cast behind own lines into second place (2’s step up)
5-6     1’s, 2’s, and 3’s take hands along sides and set.
7-8     All turn partner by the right finishing in Allemande hold 1’s and 3’s facing up the set, 2’s facing down the set in a line ready to reel. (2's need only turn half way to face down the set.)
9-16     Left shoulder reel of three (in 6 bars) on bars 7 and 8 each couple retires from Allemande hold and back to proper side.
17-24     1st woman dances down the set while 2nd couple casts from first place behind own lines and meet 1st woman at the bottom of the set (4 bars), (1st man step up on bars 3 and 4) ; the 1st woman and 2nd couple “triumph? back to the top of the set. 2’s present 1st woman to 1st man (4 bars).
25-32     1st couple turns both hands twice around in four bars. (2nd couple retires to place). Then, 1st and 2nd couples take waltz hold and dance a strathspey pousette (4 bars).

1st couple repeats having progressed a place.

Devised 2007 by James Mungall (jeb_mungall [at] yahoo.com) for his fiancee Emily Murphy (despite the fact she doesn't Scottish Country Dance.)

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April 5, 2007

Timbit for Janis 4x32 S

A TIMBIT FOR JANIS

32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples, in a longwise set;

1-8     1s 2s and 3s dance mirror reels of three on the sides, 1s dancing
in and down and 2s dancing out and up to start; at the end, 2s stay facing out

9-16     2s, 3s and 4s dance mirror reels of three on the sides, 4s
dancing out and up, and 3s dancing in and down to start; at the end, 2s and 4s stay facing out

17-24     "covalent" mirror reels of four on the sides: begin mirror reels of four on the sides, a right shoulder reel on the men's side and a left shoulder reel on the women's side; on the second step, 4s cross up to second place on the opposite side as all others take the second step of the reel; continue in this way, on the fourth step 3s cross up, on the sixth step, 1s cross up, and on the last step, 2s cross up; once having crossed, dancers complete the reel on the opposite side; at the end, dancers are in the original order, all on opposite sides; 4s stay facing out

25-28     1s dance down the centre below 3s, divide and cast up to third place, while 4s dance up behind the lines to above 2s, then meet and dance down to second place, where they face out; on bars 27-28, 2s step up, while 3s step down and face out

29-32     2s with 4s, also 1s with 3s, dance half a double figure of eight (2s and 1s cross down to start).

The final order is 2-4-1-3; repeat from new places.

Notes: 1. In case any non-Canadian ever reads this, "timbit" is the name given to doughnut centres at Canada's best known coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Horton's. The reels in bars 17-24 are the "covalent" mirror reels of four in Tim Conrow's dance Covalence; this is the timbit.

2. At the time of writing, Janis Platts, one of our most faithful and enthusiastic dancers, is battling a severe illness In the midst of it all, she is still keen on coffee and a doughnut from Tim's.

3. All need impeccable phrasing in the reels of four.

4. 1s and 4s anticipate, and use long steps during bars 25-26, so that 1s are below 3s and dancing out, while 4s are above 2s and dancing in, by the end of bar 26

5. Except for the last repetition of the dance, 4s should stay facing out in second place at the end, ready for the new repetition.

Tune: Strathaven Way, by A. M. Laird
Suitable recording: George Washington Bridge set on Bobby Brown's Celtic Fire discs

Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc [at] cc.umanitoba.ca), Winnipeg, MB, March 2007, for Janis Platts of Winnipeg.

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Timbit for George OR After a Hangover 4x32 S

A TIMBIT FOR GEORGE or AFTER A HANGOVER

32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a longwise set

1-8     1s 2s and 3s dance parallel reels of three on the sides, 1st and 2nd women, also 1st and 2nd men passing right shoulders to start; at the end, 2nd man and 3rd woman stay facing out

9-16     2s, 3s and 4s dance parallel reels of three on the sides, 3rd and 4th women, also 3rd and 4th men passing right shoulders to start; at the end, 2nd and 4th men, and 3rd woman stay facing out

17-24     connected reels of four on the sides: all begin a reel of four on the sides; on the second step, as all others continue the reel, 1st woman and 4th man change sides, passing left shoulders, 1st woman going into second place on the men's side, ready to dance up, while 4th man goes to third place on the women's side, ready to dance down; continue in this way, on each even numbered step, a pair of
dancers "connect" the reels by changing sides; 2nd woman and 3rd man cross on the fourth step, 4th woman and 1st man on the sixth step, and 3rd woman and 2nd man on the eighth step; once having crossed, dancers complete the reel on the opposite side; at the end, all are on opposite sides, in order 4-3-2-1; 4th man (at top) and 1st woman stay facing out

25-28     4s and 1s dance clockwise halfway round, while 3s and 2s set and cross to own sides, giving right hands in passing

29-32     middles facing ends on each side (i.e., 1st man with 3rd woman, etc), set and change places giving right hands in passing.

The final order is 3-1-4-2; repeat from new places.

Notes: 1. The first half of this dance is the same as that of George Ogilvie's dance Hangover, which I've admired ever since I found it. George's dance is a reel, and this one could be danced in quick time (I think I would prefer jig) or as a medley (e.g., 2x32S + 2x32J - the Dewar set for Johnnie Walker would do), once the pattern
is well known.

2. In case any non-Canadian ever reads this, "timbit" is the name given to doughnut centres at Canada's best known coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Horton's. Bars 17-24 are a slight variation of one of the "covalent" reels of four in Tim Conrow's dance Covalence; this is the timbit.

3. All need impeccable phrasing in the reels of four; third woman and second man will need a long step at the end, to finish facing partners.

Tune: Strathaven Way, by A. M. Laird
Suitable recording: George Washington Bridge set on Bobby Brown's Celtic Fire discs

Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc [at] cc.umanitoba.ca), Winnipeg, MB, March 2007, for George Ogilvie of
Regina.

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March 28, 2007

Miss Anne Aldred's Strathspey 3x32 S

MISS ANNE ALDRED'S STRATHSPEY

A 3x 32 bar dance for three couples in a triangular set

Note: The working ‘couple’ are the man in 2nd posn and the lady in 3rd posn.
It is important that the reels are danced along the lines of the triangle and don’t degenerate into reels of three in a longwise set.

1 – 4     Second man and third lady set advancing and half turn with right hand, retain hands and then:

5 – 8     Second man and third lady dance up between first couple cross and cast ready to enter reels of three, second man with second lady and first man, third lady with third man and first lady.

9 – 14     All dance six bar reels of three (second man start by giving left shoulder to second lady; third lady giving right shoulder to third man. (Third lady/second man end between supporters facing partner).

15-16     First couple, having completed the six bar reel, stand for two bars while 2s/3s half turn ptnr (2s left hand and 3s right hand).

17 – 20     First and second couples set to each other dance half right hands across to end with first couple (in second place) facing threes.

21 - 24     First and third couples set to each other and dance half right hands across (to end with 1s in 3rd place and 3s in 2nd place).

25 – 32     All dance six hands round and back.

Repeat from new places.

Music: McMarley’s Cross

Devised by Andy Stone, July 2006 (petros103 [at] tesco.net)

This dance was devised by Andy Stone of Glen Mor Scottish Country Dance Group of Worthing, West Sussex (with advice from the Group’s teacher – Mrs Natalie Coviello) in memory of his late wife Anne Patou Stone (nee Aldred). Anne’s middle name – Patou – was given her in the Scottish tradition, being her mother’s maiden name. Her maternal grandfather (Frederick Patou) served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. As a young woman both before and during her marriage, Anne loved dancing and was both a proficient ballroom and Scottish Country dancer.

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December 11, 2006

Barbara's Strathspey 8x32 S

BARBARA'S STRATHSPEY

8x32 strathspey for 3 couples

1-8     1C set, cast one place as 2C step up, and dance a half figure of eight, 1W down between 3C and 1M up between 2C, to end in 2nd place on opposite sides.

9-16     2C, 1C, and 3C take hands on the sides and set, then 1C cross to own sides passing RS. 1W and 3W, 1M and 2M, turn RH 1 1/2 times to change places. Ending order is 1, 2, 3 on the men's side and 2, 3, 1 on the women's side.

17-24     1C, 2C, and 3C dance a three-couple bourrel:
   1M and 3W, similarly 2M and 1W, set advancing to each other and turn BH halfway then away from each other to end back to back in the center of the set, woman facing up and man facing down.
   Meanwhile, 2W and 3M chase a little more than halfway CCW around the set to end facing their partners.
   All set to partners and turn them BH to their own sides, W facing down and M facing up. The ending order is 3, 1, 2.

25-32     3C, 1C, and 2C chase CW halfway around the set. All turn partners RH to face in the center, then turn away from partners over their right shoulders and dance out to own sides. Order is now 2, 1, 3.

Repeat.

Suggested music: "Lady Lucy Ramsay" from Gang on the Same Gate by Green Ginger.

Devised by Susan McKinnell (luvscd [at] suedan.com; http://suedan.com )
This dance was written for Barbara Cool, the leader of our Branch demo team.

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November 30, 2006

Saunter in Savoy 3x32 S

SAUNTER IN SAVOY

3x32 strathspey 3-couple set

1-4:     1st & 2nd cps dance half R&Ls.

5-8:     1st cp dance half diag R&Ls with 2nd & 3rd ladies.

9-12:      All set. 1st cp cross RH, while crns turn person opposite 2H.

13-16:     6 hands round to left 2 steps. 1st cp drop left hands, to form 2
small circles for 3 hands round halfway (1st lady with 2nd lady & 3rd man).
1st lady face down at top, 1st man face up at bottom, while the other cps
are back to back in the centre.

17-20:      All set, then set advancing up/down, passing Lsh to progress, 1st
cp to meet in centre, the others dancing towards top/bottom.

21-24:     All turn LH, 2 steps, 1st cp with pt, 2nd lady with 3rd man, 3rd lady with 2nd man, and then set in side lines.

25-28:      1st cp dance half diagonal R&Ls with 2nd & 3rd men.

29-32:      1st cp dance half diagonal R&Ls with 2nd & 3rd men.

Devised by Martin Sheffield, 2006 (mj.sheffield [at] wanadoo.fr)

UPDATE: A few clarifications added on 30 November 2006

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September 7, 2006

Dance for Marjorie 8x32 S

A DANCE FOR MARJORIE

32 bar strathspey for three couples in a three couple set.

Bars
1 - 4     1st and 2nd couples set and link;

5 - 8    2nd and 1st couples circle four hands once round to the left.

9 -12    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples, joining hands on the sides, set, and,
giving right hands to partners, cross over to the opposite side and flow into:-

13-14     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples circle six hands round to the left half
way (two steps only) - finish on the side lines in the order 3, 1, 2 - all proper.

15-16     3rd and 2nd couples, giving right hand to partners, cross over
to the opposite side, while 1st couple turn with right hands once round to face their first corner dancers.
(1st man is facing 3rd woman who is in top place on the men's side and 1st woman is facing 2nd man who is in third place on the ladies' side).

17-20    1st couple and first corners dance half a diagonal right shoulder reel of four, at the end 1st couple meet one another in the middle of the dance, right shoulder to right shoulder, and face their 2nd corner dancers.

21-24     1st couple and second corners dance half a diagonal right shoulder reel of four. 1st couple finish in second place, proper.

25-32    1st and 3rd couples circle four hands once round to the left and finish in a diagonal line; 1st and 3rd couples dance half diamond poussette to change places.

Finish in the order 2, 3, 1.
Repeat from new positions.

For Marj Potter

Dance devised by Peter M. Price, 13 January 2006 (peter.price1672 [at] gmail.com)

Tune: S'ann an Ile
Music: Set of Strathspeys, track #9, on First Stop by
Waverley Station

Copyright (c) 2006, Peter M. Price. All rights reserved. Permission
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November 26, 2005

The Founder 8x32 S

THE FOUNDER

32 bar strathspey for 3 couples

1-8    1st couple dance a full figure of eight down through and around 2nd couple.

9-16   1st and 2nd couples dance the targe progression:
9-10: partners turn 3/4 to form a momentary line up and down the center of
the dance.
11-12: 1M2W turn 3/4 in the center while 1W & 2M dance clockwise around them
to form a momentary line of four across the dance.
13-14: partners turn 3/4 to finish on the sides of the dance, 1C on the
women's side facing down, 2C on the men's side facing up.
15-16: all four chase one place clockwise to progressed places.

17-24   The corners face in on the diagonal and set for eight bars, except when being turned by 1C. (1cor will set, turn, and set twice while 2cor will set for six bars before they turn.)
Meanwhile:
1C set, advancing toward 1st corners.
1C turn 1cor with both hands, 1W finishing between 2C, 1M finishing between
3C, 1cor return to facing diagonally.
1C, facing each other up and down, set, advancing toward 2nd corners.
1C turn 2cor with both hands, finishing on the sides facing toward 1cor.

25-32   All dance reels of three on the sides of the dance, 1C giving LS to 1cor to begin the reel. 1C cross to own sides on 31-32.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

This dance is for Gini Grover of Binghamton, NY.

Music: any good strathspey. I like to use the version of The Royal Wedding
by George Meikle, on Highlander Socttish Dances Vol 10. In addition to being
another Royal Wedding reference, it has a different feel than other versions
of this dance.

Devised by Terry Glasspool (tglasspool [at] stny.rr.com)

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August 26, 2005

Two's Company -- Three's A Crowd 3x32 S

TWOS COMPANY -THREES A CROWD

3x32 Strathspey

Bars 1-8    1C, 2C, 3C Set and dance La Barratte* (End on opposite sides)

Bars 9-16    1C, 2C, 3C Set and Link for 3 couples twice. End on proper sides in the order 3C 2C 1C

Bars 17-20    3C and 2C Set and Link for 2 couples.
End progressed (2C, 3C, 1C).

Bars 21-32    Rights and Lefts for 3 couples, ending ready for 2C to start a new round.


*Directions for LaBarratte:
La Barratte takes only 6 Bars so it usually starts with set.

Bars 1-2    Set
Bars 3-4    Cross RH until arms are almost fully extended
Bar 5    Dance back the path you just traveled.
But woman pull back RS slightly & raise R arm so you can dance
under own R arm - Both couples are now facing down the dance.
Woman has back to partner.
Bar 6    Man hold out LH palm UP.
Woman bring LH up UNDER mans LH & wrap fingers over top of his palm. Let go RHs.
As man raises L arm slightly Woman dances UNDER his L arm.
LHs are now in proper SD grip.
Bars 7-8    Dance out to opposite sides.

Note: Bars 5-6 are crucial bars with a lot to do quickly. I would suggest practicing them until you can dance quickly, smoothly and automatically.


Devised by Holly V. Sherman (hollyvalentine530 [at] yahoo.com)

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