Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Candy Floss

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Candy Floss
An 8 x 32 bar strathspey for three couples in a longwise four couple set.

1 - 8 The first and second couples dance four hands across with the right hand and back with the left hand.
9-16 The first couple dance down the middle for three steps, turn and dance back up the middle for three steps and cast off into second place, second couple move up on 7 and 8 of the 8 bar phrase.
17-24 The first couple, from second place, turn their first corners by the right hand, partner in the middle by the left to face second corners. They turn their second corners by the right hand and give left hand to partner to turn and face their first corners again.
Reels of Three
25-32 The first couple, giving Left Shoulder to first corner, dance Reels of Three on the opposite sides of the dance with their corners for six steps, finishing in second place on the opposite side of the dance. On 7 and 8 of that 8 bar phrase the first couple cross over to their own side of the dance in second place ready to start again, while the corners stand still.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 1998)

Dance Notes

This dance was originally composed as a simple strathspey to teach Corners followed by Left Shoulder Reels of Three for 6 bars danced to the music of Sugar Candie.

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