Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Gallovidian

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Gallovidian
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   CROSS OVER REELS OF 3: 1st couple cross over through 2nd place on the opposite side to dance a reel of 3 with 2nd and 3rd couples all giving nearer hands to partners where possible;

  9-12 TEAPOTS: dance three hands across in a wheel, 1st woman with 2nd and 3rd men using right hands, 1st man with 2nd and 3rd women using left hands;

13-16 DOWN MIDDLE: 1st couple followed by 2nd and 3rd couples dance down the middle nearer hands joined, at the end of bar 16 1st couple turn under arms to face up with nearer hands joined; and 2nd and 3rd couples begin to separate;

17-20 TEAPOTS: dance three hands across in a wheel, 1st woman with 2nd and 3rd men using left hands, 1st man with 2nd and 3rd women using right hands;

21-24 UP MIDDLE: 1st couple lead up left hands joined followed by 2nd and 3rd couples lead up the middle right hands joined, on bar 24 3rd couple dance into place AS 1st couple turn towards each other to face 2nd couple, and both couples lift right hands into allemande hold;

25-32 KEPPOCH:
Bars 25-28: 1st and 2nd couples dance forward on right, hop, backward on left, hop (as in the 1st bar of the Glasgow Highlanders setting step), then travel forward diagonally to the right (bars 1-2), forward on left, hop, backward on right, hop (as in the 3rd bar of the Glasgow Highlanders setting step), then travel forward diagonally to the left (bars 3-4): couples have now changed places, men passing left shoulders, and are now back-to-back;
Bars 29-32: dropping front hands, turn once to end on own side.

Repeat having passed a couple.

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


Dance Notes

As with many dances having this format, 3-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, this dance can be performed as a 3-Couple Strathspey, i.e., in the 3-Couple Repeat in a 3-Couple Set format, provided 1st couple adjust the final turn to finish in 3rd place on bar 32.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)



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