Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gordon Of Methlic

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Gordon Of Methlic
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 10: Gordon Reels
32 bar Strathspey
2-couple dance Round The Room, women in outer circle, men in inner circle

  1-8   SET, ½ CIRCLE, TURN AND ½ CHASE: Nearer hands joined with partner, set to opposite couple, 4 hands round to the left halfway (2 bars), turn partner with both hands (2 bars), and chase clockwise halfway round (2 bars) ending in Gordon Hold facing opposite couple (women raise appropriate hand above shoulder to join hands with men - i.e. do not join hands in front and raise them over the women's head);

  9-16 GORDON REEL OF 3: dance a Gordon Reel of 3 passing opposite by the right shoulder, then the next couple by the left shoulder and pull left shoulder back (as in the Gay Gordons) and reel back to place, turning right at the end (as in the Gay Gordons) to end facing opposite couple;

17-24 KEPPOCH:
Bars 17-20: 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 (1 bar), 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 (1 bar): couples have now changed places, men passing left shoulders, and are now back-to-back;
Bars 21-24: dropping front hands, turn once to end on own side;

25-32 DOUBLE FIGURE OF 8: both couples dance a Figure of 8, starting with women crossing through the centre AS men cast, and ending facing next couple round the room.


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

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