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The Byron Strathspey

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THE BYRON STRATHSPEY (S3x32) 3C set John Drewry Deeside Book 2

1- 8 All petronella turn into the centre and set to partner, turn 2H 1¼ times back to places
9-16 1s+2L and 3s+2M dance RH across, 2s pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple
17-24 2s in prom hold dance reel of 3 with 1s passing 1L RSh, end 2s in centre at top
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance Allemande. 312

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

The Byron Strathspey
John Drewry   Deeside Book
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   All petronella turn to finish facing partners up and down on the centre line;

  3-4   all set to partners;

  5-8   all turn both hands 1¼ times to places;

  9-12 1s2L 2M3s right hands across, 2s passing right shoulder to finish;

13-16 1s2M 2L3s left hands across, 1s finishing facing out, 2s in promenade hold facing up on the centre line;

17-22 2s (with promenade hold) reel of 3 with 1s, 2s giving right shoulder to 1L to start, all finishing as at bar 16;

23-24 2s (retaining promenade hold) lead up the centre line to 1st position WHILE 1s cast to 2nd position on the centre line, facing up, WHILE 3s advance to the centre line, facing up, all finishing by taking allemande hold;

25-32 2s1s3s allemande, finishing 3s1s2s.

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

Dance Notes

  1-32 2s are the dancing couple; this dance flows smoothly from figure to figure, throughout.

  5-8   Cover in these turns.

17-22 2s with promenade hold dance as one person; the reel must be completed in 6 bars.

23-24 All finish ready for 3-couple allemande.

25-32 Allemande for 3 couples can be untidy but no excuse here.

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