Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Corrie Gorm

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Corrie Gorm
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 12: Corrie Dances
Jig   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-16 MIDDLES SET AND ¾ TURN, AS ENDS CROSS AND SET AROUND SQUARE: 2nd couple set and ¾ turn by the right hand four times AS 1st and 3rd couples cross by right hands with partner (2 bars), set to partner and on the side (2 bars), change places with right hands along the side (2 bars), set on side and to partner (2 bars), cross with partner and right hands (2 bars), set to partner and along the side (2 bars), and change places with right hands along side to end in original positions (2 bars), and set on side and to partner (2 bars);

17-24 DOWN MIDDLE, CROSS INTO SKYE HOLD AND DANCE UP: 3rd couple followed by 2nd and 1st couples dance down the middle nearer hands joined, ON Bar 20 retain same hands and cross to opposite side the man dancing below the woman as the woman dances across to the man's side pulling right shoulder back and faces up in SKYE HOLD: man's left hand around the woman's back at waist level, the woman's right hand passes in front of her to her left hip where it is joined with man's left hand (woman places her left arm akimbo), then both couples dance up in Skye hold, and ON Bar 24 begin to unwind;

25-32 CORRIE MOR: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples continue to unwind crossing to own side: women swivel anticlockwise (1 bar), all three couples chase anticlockwise halfway round (3 bars), 1st couple cross with left hands AS 3rd and 2nd couple dance left hands across in a wheel halfway (2 bars), and set on own side.


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

Dance Information

"Coire Gorm" is Gaelic for "Green Corrie"; it is the name of the long valley to the east of "Beinn Dearg Mhòr" (literally "Big Red Mountain" but commonly known as the "Red Cuillin") near Broadford (the literal translation of the Gaelic name, "An t-Àth Leathann") on the Isle of Skye.
"Coire Gorm" should be pronounced as "Ko~r~ Gor~m" in English, "Beinn Dearg Mhòr" as "Bay~n Jer~k Voer" and "An t-Àth Leathann" as "~n tah Llay~n", with stress always on the first syllable, and where:
  "o" is as in "not", not as in "gore";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ay" is as in "bay";
  "e" is as in "bet", not as in "jerk";
  "oe" is as in "toe";
  "ah" is as in "shah"; and
  "ll" is as in "million".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
Corrie Gorm Image
Coire Gorm.
Screes Fall To A Grassy Corrie Under Beinn Dearg Mhòr

Image Copyright Richard Webb under this Creative Commons Licence.

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