Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gaelic College Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Gaelic College Strathspey
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 2: Six And Half A Dozen
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   SET AND TURN: 1st couple set advancing to end back-to-back, then turn 2nd couple with nearer hands halfway round (1st man right hand with 2nd woman; 1st woman left hand with 2nd man): couple have changed places;

  5-8   SET AND TURN: 1st couple set advancing to end back-to-back, then turn 2nd couple with nearer hands halfway round (1st man right hand with 2nd man, 1st woman left hand with 2nd woman): couples have changed places again ending in original places;

  9-16 SET AND PETRONELLA: 1st and 2nd couples set and petronella into the middle, set and petronella onto the opposite side of the set;

17-24 SET AND LA BARATTE: 1st and 2nd couple set and dance La Baratte;

25-32 1ST COUPLE SOLO: 1st couple cast off one place, dance a half figure of 8 around 2nd couple (2nd couple step up on bars 29-30), and cross over passing right hands to own side in 2nd place.

Repeat having passed a couple.

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


Dance Notes

As with all dances having the format, 2-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, if dancer numbers so dictate it can be performed in a 3-Couple or 5-Couple Set and with the number of repeats adjusted appropriately.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)



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