Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gaelic Sixsome

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Gaelic Sixsome
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.

  1-24 DANCE TO EACH CORNER AND SET: this formation consists of four 6-bar phrases in which the centres, 1st corners and 2nd corners dance to each of the four corner positions (anticlockwise) and set on each corner:
Bars 1-2: centres dance to 1st corner position passing 1st corners by the right shoulder MEANWHILE 1st corners dance into the centre to pass each other by the right shoulder AS 2nd corners set;
Bars 3-4: 1st corners dance to 2nd corner position passing 2nd corners by the right shoulder;
AS 2nd corners dance into the centre to pass each other by the right shoulder AS centres set;
Bars 5-6: 2nd corners dance to 1st corner position passing centres by the right shoulder MEANWHILE centres dance into the centre to pass each other by the right shoulder
AS 1st corners set;
REPEAT bars 1-6 three more times to end in original places;

25-32 SET AND PASS THRO: nearer hands joined, all set with a Highland step, then set with Common Schottische and pass the opposite person by the right shoulder to end facing next line of 3.

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.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)



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