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James Gray

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

JAMES GRAY (J4x32) 4C set Ronella Burrows RSCDS Book 42
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s and 4s cross RH, cast 1 place, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s while 4s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 3s
9-16 1s+4s dance R&L and end 1s facing up and 4s down
17-24 All dance RSh reel of 4 on sides and end 1s+4s in line across (Men in centre RSh to RSh and 1M LSh to 4L and 4M LSh to 1L)
25-28 1M+4M ¾ turn RH while Ladies dance anticlockwise ¼ way round, Men ½ turn other partner LH to bring Ladies into centre
29-32 1L+4L ¾ turn RH while Men dance anticlockwise ¼ way round, Ladies ¾ turn Men LH to end 1s in 3rd place opposite sides and 4s in 2nd place. 24(1)(3)

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


James Gray
Ronella Burrows   RSCDS Book 42
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
3s and 4s cross on second chord.

  1-4   1s cross and cast WHILE 4s cross and cast up;

  5-8   1s half figures of 8 around 2s WHILE 4s half figures of 8 around 3s;

  9-16 1s4s rights and lefts, finishing 1s facing up, 4s down;

17-24 2M1M4L3L 2L1L4M3M reels of 4 on the sides, 2s 3s finishing normally, 4L1M4M1L in line across, 1s facing up, 4s down;

25-26 1M4M turn ¾ by the right WHILE 4L 1L chase ¼ anticlockwise, finishing 1L4M1M4L in line up and down on the centre line, 1s facing the Mn's side, 4s the Ls';

27-28 1L4M 1M4L turn by the left halfway, finishing 4M1L4L1M in line up and down on the centre line, 1s facing the Ls' side, 4s the Mn's;

29-30 1L4L turn ¾ by the right WHILE 4M 1M chase ¼ anticlockwise, finishing 4M1L4L1M in line across, 1s facing up, 4s down;

31-32 4M1L 4L1M turn ¾ by the left, finishing 2s4s1s3s in the side lines, 1s 3s on opposite sides.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


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This Scottish country dance was devised by Ronella Burrows from Rosehill in South Africa and is named after James Gray, the musician who often played at St Andrews RSCDS Summer School.

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