Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Birthday Present (Ayland)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Birthday Present
Sue Ayland
Strathspey   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   Taking promenade hold with Ls on Mn's left, 1s 3s face down and to the right to start reels of 3 across, 1s with 2s, 3s with 4s, finishing 1s between 2s, 3s between 4s, 1s 3s facing down and releasing hold;

  9-12 1M2M 3M4M turn by the right WHILE 1L2L 3L4L turn by the left, 1s 3s finishing as at bar 8;

13-16 3s followed by 1s dance down and cast up around 4s on own sides, finishing 3s2s1s4s, 3s 1s facing in and down, 2s 4s out and up;

17-24 mirror reels of 4 on the sides;

25-28 taking hands on the sides, all set and cross;

29-32 all chase clockwise halfway around the set to finish 4s1s2s3s on own sides.

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

Dance Notes

    -12 2s 4s finish in original places.

17-24 In the reverse reels of 4 (also known as left shoulder reels of 4) on the Ls' side, the dancers pass by the left at the ends; take hands with partner appropriately to improve the covering in the mirror reels.

Dance Information

This dance was dedicated to Eileen Williams to celebrate her 80th birthday in 2015. Bars 1-12 are intended to represent the bow on the parcel.

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