Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Four Leaf Clover

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Four Leaf Clover
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 1: The Sixpenny Reel
Strathspey   n x 32 bars   2 Triple Repeat   2 Triple Set   Progressive Round the Room Set
Line of 3 facing line of 3 as in The Dashing White Sergeant.

  1-8   CIRCLE: 6-hands round and back;

  9-24 FOUR-LEAF CLOVER:
CENTRE PEOPLE cross right hand, cast around the person on the right, cross with right hands from side to side, cast around the person on the right, repeat crossing and casting twice more to end in original place;
MEANWHILE, CORNERS CROSS AND SET AROUND A SQUARE. The corner people set and cross right hand with the opposite person, set on the right foot to the person you crossed with and on the left foot to the person on the next corner, the corner people cross right hands to the next corner and set, repeat twice more to end in original places;

25-32 ALL SET WITH A HIGHLAND STEP AND PASS THROUGH. In lines of 3, nearer hands joined, set with Highland Schottische setting (4 bars), then set with Common Schottische step (2 bars), and pass the opposite person by the right shoulder to face next line of three.

Repeat with next line of 3.

(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.
The three partners are not specifically men or women.
The dance may also be performed as a reel or as a medley (strathspey and reel).

25-32 In the reel version, with nearer hands joined, set, spring points and set (6 bars) and, with skip change, pass the opposite person by the right shoulder to face next line of three.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)



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