Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lands Of Haddo

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Lands of Haddo
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 10: Gordon Reels
3x32 bar Strathspey
3-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   DOWN MIDDLE AND UP: 3rd couple followed by 2nd and 1st couples lead down middle right hands joined, and on starting back women turn under arms into Gordon Hold (as in Gay Gordons) and dance up, 1st couple followed by 2nd and 3rd couples: on Bar 8 1st couple pull right shoulder back as in the Gay Gordons to face down and out towards women's side of the dance;

  9-16 GORDON REEL OF 3: all dance a right shoulder Gordon Reel of 3 (all couples turn as in the Gay Gordons at each end of the reel, retaining Gordon Hold at the end with 1st couple facing 2nd couple and 3rd couple staying in the middle;

17-24 1ST AND 2ND COUPLES 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 1ST AND 3RD COUPLES KEPPOCH:
Bars 25-28: 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 29-32: dropping front hands, turn once to end on own side.

REPEAT WITH NEW TOP COUPLE.

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



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