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The Lavender Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE LAVENDER STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Sue McKinnell suedan.com/dances

1- 8 1s set and dance down between 3s, 1s cast up behind 3s and pass LSh to face 1st corners (2s step up 3-4)
9-12 1s dance a Gypsy Poussette with 1st corners:-
' 9 All set to the right, pull back RSh so 1L+2M also 1M+3L are BtoB
' 10 All set to the left and pull back RSh so 1L+2M also 1M+3L are facing having changed places
' 11 All set to the right, pull back RSh so 1L+2M also 1M+3L are BtoB
' 12 All set to the left, pull back RSh so 1s and 1st corners have returned to positions at start of figure
' 13-16 1s dance round to the right (2 bars) flowing into 2H turn ¾ round (2 bars), 1M pulls back RSh to end with 1s facing 2nd corners
17-24 Repeat bars 9-16 with 2nd corners. 1s end in middle BtoB (1M facing up, 1L down)
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 across passing 2nd corners RSh and 1s ending 2nd place own sides

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


The Lavender Strathspey by Sue McKinnell 8X32 Strathspey for 3C

1-8 1C set, dance down the center, cast up behind 3C, and pass left shoulders to face 1st corners. 2C step up on bars 3-4.
9-16 1C dance a gypsy poussette with 1st corners:
9-12 Box Setting
Bar 9 All set to the right, ending with a 90° pivot, pulling right shoulders back so 1W and 2M, 1M and 3W are back-to-back.
Bar 10 All set to the left, ending with a 90° pivot, pulling right shoulders back so 1W and 2M, 1M and 3W are facing, having changed places.
Bar 11 All set to the right, ending with a 90° pivot, pulling right shoulders back so 1W and 2M, 1M and 3W are back-to-back.
Bar 12 All set to the left, ending with a 90° pivot, pulling right shoulders back so 1C and 1st corners are where they started the figure.
13-16 1C start dancing to their own right, then "melt" into a two-hand turn (2 more bars), progressing ¾ of the way around. On the last bar, 1C turn away from partners, pulling right shoulders back to face 2nd corners.
17-24 1C repeat bars 9-16 with 2nd corners. At the end of the turn, 1C pull right shoulders back to end back-to-back in the center, 1W facing down and 1M facing up.
25-32 Eight-bar reels of three across the dance, 1C passing 2nd corners right shoulder to start. 1C end in 2nd place on own sides.
Repeat.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Jan 2011)


Dance Notes

Suggested music is BJ Youngman written by Mara Shea.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance was written for Barbara Youngman, leader of the Durham, North Carolina class.

Note that the gypsy poussette in this dance is a slight variant of the figure invented by Terry Glasspool in his dance Gypsy Dreams.

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