Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Coire

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Coire
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 12: Corrie Dances
Reel or Jig   n x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   2 Couple Set   Progressive Round the Room Set
Couple facing couple; WALKING STEPS THROUGHOUT

  1-8   DO-SI-DO: with opposite, then with partner using walking steps, ending nearer hands joined with partner facing opposite couple;

  9-12 THRO' TWO ARCHES: couples going clockwise make 1st arch as other couple goes under, then couples going anticlockwise make 2nd arch and other couple goes under (all couples are moving throughout): end facing 3rd couple round the circle;

12-16 MEN WALK CLOCKWISE AROUND PARTNER (WHO STANDS STILL) INTO SKYE HOLD: end with man's right arm around partner's back at waist level, woman's left arm passes in front of her to right hip where it is joined with man's right hand; woman's right arm is akimbo, hand on hip;

17-24 WEE CORRIE: couples unwind changing places with partner (women pull right shoulder back and dance to partner's place AS men dance forward to partner's place (2 bars), chase clockwise with next couple halfway round, women leading (2 bars), turn partner halfway with right hands (2 bars), and set to partner (2 bars);

25-32 SET, ½ RIGHTS AND LEFTS, AND SET TO NEXT COUPLE ROUND THE CIRCLE: set to opposite (i.e. opposite person in the 3rd couple with whom you danced the Corrie), dance rights and lefts halfway ending facing 3rd couple round the circle (no polite turn), and set to opposite.

Repeat with next couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Notes

As with all dances having this format, the number of repeats is not fixed.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Information

The Gaelic word, "Coire", is the origin of the Scots word, "Corrie", meaning a bowl-shaped depression of glacial origin in a mountain valley; it should be pronounced as "Ko~r~" in English, with the stress on the first syllable where "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound. "Coire" also has the alternative domestic meanings of "A kettle" or "A cauldron".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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