Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

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

  1-8   SET TWICE, AND TURN: nearer hands joined with partner, set to opposite couple, set to partner women changing hands, and turn once round ending with women turning under arms into Gordon Hold (as in Gay Gordons) facing opposite couple;

  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 pulling left shoulder back (as in the Gay Gordons) reel back to place, turning right at the end (as in the Gay Gordons) to end facing opposite couple;

17-24 KEPPOCH: advance and retire using modified Pas de Basque (2 bars)(BAR 1: Beat 1: advance onto right foot in 4th intermediate position, Beat 2: beat left foot in rear 3rd position, Beat 3: step onto right foot in 3rd position, Beat 4: extend left foot into 4th intermediate rear aerial position; Bar 2: retire with regular Pas de Basque), pass opposite couple by the left using Skip Change of Step ending back-to-back with them (2 bars), and dropping front hands turn partner 1¼ around: retain hands with partner and women join nearer hands in the middle to form a line;

25-32 BALANCE AND TURN TWICE: balance in line, turn men into middle who join nearer hands, balance in line, and turn ¼ round to face next couple round the room.


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

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