Scottish Country Dance Instruction
by Sue McKinnell 4X32 Reel or Strathspey 4 couple set dance
1-8 1W and 2M, 3W and 4M cross RH and cast behind partners and across the set to original places. 1C and 2C, 3C and 4C right hands across.
9-16 1M and 2W, 3M and 4W cross LH and cast behind partners and across the set to original places. 1C and 2C, 3C and 4C left hands across.
17-24 Interlocking double figures of eight: 1C and 3C, 2C and 4C dance double figures of eight, 1C and 2C crossing down as 3C and 4C cast up to begin. Each couple dance as if dancing a regular figure of eight.
25-28 1C, 2C, 3C, and 4C dance a ½ reel of four on the sides, ending in the order 4, 3, 2, 1.
29-32 Top three people on the women's side (4W, 3W, 2W) and bottom three people on the men's side (3M, 2M, 1M) dance a ½ reel of three. End 2, 3, 4, 1 on the women's side and 4, 1, 2, 3 on the men's side. All now have new partners.
Repeat 4 times.
(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Aug 2005)
Suggested music for a strathspey version is Fill the Fetters from Celebrate 50 Years with the Boston Branch; suggested music for a reel version is A Reel for Jennie from Book 40 or The Highlandman's Umbrella from The March Hare.
(Dance Notes by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)
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My original goal was to create a dance named Chaos Reigns that seemed to be complicated, but from which order formed at bar 32 with everyone changing partners, ala Caddam Wood.
When this dance occurred to me, the ending figure seemed so much like a computer bubble sort that I renamed the dance. It isn't clear to me whether the figure in bars 17-24 can be danced in reel time; if it can, this dance is actually a better reel than a strathspey. If the figure doesn't work in reel time, then Fill the Fetters is strong strathspey music that easily carries the dance.
Dance Information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell.
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