Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Ian And Joan McKenzie's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

IAN AND JOAN MCKENZIE'S STRATHSPEY (S3x40) 3C set Sue Petyt Lochmaben Collection

1- 8 2s cross passing RSh and cast round 1st corner and dance ½ LSh reels of 3 across (Lady with 1s and Man with 3s)
9-16 2s dance ½ reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 2nd corner (pstn) and end turning LH 1¼ times to face 3rd corner (pstn)
17-28 2s Dance to Each Corner and Set:-
' 17-18 2s change places with 3rd corner (pstn) passing RSh and corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right in centre to face 4th corner (pstn) (as 4th corners set),
' 19-20 Original 3rd corners change places with 4th corners passing RSh and 4th corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 2s in 1st corner (pstn) as 2s set
' 21-22 Original 4th corners change places with 2s passing RSh and 2s pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 4th corner (pstn) as original 3rd corners set
' 23-28 Repeat this Fig once more until 2s meet again in centre
29-32 2s dance up and cast to 2nd place own sides. 123
33-40 All circle left ½ way, 3s+2s dance RH across ½ way while 1s cross RH and all set. 231

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


Ian And Joan McKenzie's Strathspey (S3x40) 3C set Sue Petyt Lochmaben Collection

1-4 Second Couple cross over passing right shoulder. Second lady dances up behind first man and finishes between first couple, facing first lady, WHILE second man dances down behind third lady and finishes between third couple facing third man
5-8 Half reels of three across the dance, second lady giving left shoulder to first lady to begin, second man giving left shoulder to third man to begin
9-12 Second couple dance half reels of three on opposite sides of the dance second lady giving left shoulder to third lady (in third man's place) and second man giving left shoulder to first man (in first lady's place)
13-16 Second couple dance towards each other and turn left hands one and a quarter times to finish facing their partner's first corner position (second lady facing first man who is in third lady's place, second man facing third lady, who is in first man's place)
17-28 Dance to corners and set
17-18 First man and second lady change places passing by the right, WHILE second man and third lady change places passing by the right WHILE first lady and third man set to each other. On meeting in the middle, first man and third lady pass each other by the right, to finish first man facing third man, and third lady facing first lady
19-20 Second couple set WHILE first man and third man change places passing by the right, WHILE third lady and first lady change places passing by the right. On meeting in the middle first lady and third man pass each other by the right, to finish first lady facing second lady and third man facing second man
21-22 First man and third lady set, WHILE third man and second man change places passing by the right, WHILE first lady and second lady change places passing by the right. On meeting in the middle second couple pass each other by the right to finish second lady facing first man and second man facing third lady
23-28 repeat 17-22 from new positions
29-32 Second couple lead up and cast to second place on own sides
33-36 First, second and third couples circle to the left half way
37-40 First couple (in third place) cross over giving right hands WHILE third and second couples dance right hand across half way. All join hands on the side and set. (2,3,1)
Repeat from new positions

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2002)


Dance Notes

'Dance to each Corner and Set' is also known as Courage Reels.

Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

The music for this dance is available on the CD We Twa recorded by Kenny Thomson and the Wardlaw Band.

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue Petyt.
Additional search terms: McKenzies.

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