Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Glenys Pearce's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

GLENYS PEARCE'S STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set Ruary Laidlaw Lochiel Collection

1- 8 1s+3s turn partner 2H (4 bars), open out to 1s+2s also 3s+4s circle 4H once round. All retain partner's hands, 1s face 2s, 3s face 4s
9-16 All set twice, turn facing person Men with RH, Ladies LH
17-24 1s+3s cross down RH and dance Fig 8 round 2s/4s
25-32 1s+2s change places (Men RH, Ladies LH), 1s+3s change places other hand, 1s+4s change places other hand. 1M pulls back RSh, 1L LSh to face and turn RH to place

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Glenys Pearce's Strathspey
A 4 x 32 bar strathspey for four couples in a longwise set.

1 - 4 The first and third couples turn their partner once round slowly with two hands finishing in their own places.
5 - 8 They retain their partner's hand and open out to dance four hands round with the second and fourth couples respectively. All finish in their own place, but facing up and down ie. first couple facing second couple, and third couple facing fourth couple. All retain their partner's hand.
9-12 All four couples set twice.
13-16 Each person turns the person opposite once round with one hand for four steps ie. first couple begin the turn by dancing in towards each other and down while the second couple begin by dancing out and up. Similarly with the third and fourth couples.
All finish in their own places.
17-24 The first and third couples dance a figure of eight round the second and fourth couples respectively, below them. They begin the figure of eight by giving right hand to each other as they cross down.
They finish in their own places.
25-26 The first couple only change places with the second couple with one hand by dancing in and down while the second couple dance out and up.
27-28 The first couple change places with the third couple with one hand by dancing out and down while the third couple dance in and up.
29-30 The first couple change places with the fourth couple with one hand by dancing in and down while the fourth couple dance out and up.
On bar 30 the first couple dance round into fourth place, man turning by his right and the lady by her left, and face each other.
31-32 The first couple then use bars 31 and 32 to turn each other with the right hand once round for two steps to finish in fourth place.
Repeat with a new couple in top place.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 2001)


Dance Notes

This dance was composed to introduce Elementary dancers to Figures of Eight in strathspey time.

Dance Information

Glenys Pearce is a keen, experienced and competent Scottish Country Dancer, especially of strathspeys, who has been a long time member and supporter of the Lochiel Scottish Country Dance club.

Glenys has also served as club president and secretary at various times in its history.



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