Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Déanabh Seasamh

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Déanabh Seasamh
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 2: Six And Half A Dozen
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   DALRADIAN FOR 1ST AND 3RD COUPLES: 1st and 3rd couples turn partners ¾ around with both hands, dance ½ reel of 4 passing partner right shoulder to start, and turn partner ¾ with both hands;

  9-16 3-COUPLE KNOT: 3rd, 2nd and 1st couples dance the knot finishing with an extra ½ turn to end on opposite side of dance;

17-24 SET AND LA BARATTE: All set and dance La Baratte;

25-32 1ST COUPLE SOLO: 1st couple set, cast off one place (2nd couple step up), turn with both hands, and cast off another place (3rd couple step up).


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

Dance Information

"Déanabh seasamh" in Gaelic means "Standing up"; it should be pronounced as "Je~n~v shayss~v" in English with stress on the first syllable of each word and where:
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "sh" is as in "shot";
  "ay" is as in "bay"; and
  "ss" is as in "less".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

Dance information by Reuben Freemantle.

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