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Anna Holden's Strathspey

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ANNA HOLDEN'S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 2C (4C set) John Drewry RSCDS Book 42

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across, 1s cross down to 2nd place as 2 cast up then 1M+2L turn LH as 1L+2M turn RH into a line across (1s between 2s) facing down
9-16 1s+2s dance down in line, 1s turn and face up as 2s turn in behind, dance up, 1s casting to 2nd place opposite sides as 2s dance to 1st place own sides
17-24 2M+1L also 2L+1M set and Petronella turn-in-tandem into middle, set and Petronella turn-in-tandem to sides
25-32 1s+2s set, circle 4H round ½ way; 1s turn 2H 1½ times to 2nd place own side. 21

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Anna Holden's Strathspey
John Drewry   RSCDS Book 42
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s2s right hands across, 2s finishing facing out;

  5-6   1s cross down to 2nd place on opposite sides, finishing facing out WHILE 2s cast up;

  7-8   2M1L turn ¾ by the right WHILE 2L1M turn ¾ by the left, 2M 2L making a polite turn to finish 2M1L1M2L in line across, all facing down, nearer hands joined;

  9-11 all lead down and release hands;

12-12 1s turn about WHILE 2s cast to meet below them, finishing all facing up, nearer hands joined;

13-14 1s followed by 2s lead up;

15-16 1s cast to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 2s lead up to 1st place;

17-18 2M1L 2L1M take hands on the sides and set facing across the set;

19-20 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing 2L1M just above 1st position facing down, 2M1L just below 2nd position facing up;

21-22 2L1M 2M1L set facing up and down;

23-24 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing in original places, 2s on opposite sides;

25-26 1s2s set;

27-28 1s2s 4 hands round halfway;

29-32 1s turn both hands 1½ times, finishing 2s1s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  9-11 The set needs to be wide enough to accommodate four dancers when leading down between standing couples. In a crowded ballroom, the standing couples should step back.

12-12 As they turn inwards, 1s retain hold with 2s and so guide 2s to meet below 1s.


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Dance Information

This dance was devised as a tribute to Anna Holden's directorship of the 60th Summer School at St Andrews.

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