Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Like Snow On The River

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Like Snow on the River
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
5x32 bar strathspey
5-couple dance in longways set

  1-8   1ST CROSS, CAST AND TURN: 1st couple cross by the right hand, cast off two places (2nd and 3rd couples step up on Bars 3-4), 1st couple turn 1½ times by the left hand to end facing 2nd double corners (1st man faces 2nd and 3rd women, 1st woman faces 4th and 5th men);

  9-16 REEL OF 4 WITH 2nd DOUBLE CORNERS HAND-IN-HAND: 1st couple dance a reel of 4 with 2nd double corners who dance Hand-in-Hand (2nd and 3rd women, and 4th and 5th men join nearer hands to dance the reel: on reaching the opposite corner they drop hands pulling right shoulder back individually and join other nearer hands to reel back, again dropping hands as they turn into the same place they started the reel)(end with 1st couple passing left shoulders to face 1st double corners: 1st man faces 4th and 5th women, 1st woman faces 2nd and 3rd men);

17-24 REEL OF 4 WITH 1ST DOUBLE CORNERS HAND-IN-HAND: 1st couple dance a reel of 4 with 1st double corners who dance Hand-in-Hand (2nd and 3rd men, and 4th and 5th women join nearer hands to dance the reel: on reaching the opposite corner they drop hands pulling right shoulder back individually and join other nearer hands to come back, again dropping hands as they turn into the same place they started the reel (on Bar 24, 1st couple turn left hand halfway);

25-33 1ST CONTINUE TURN, CAST UP, AND DANCE DOWN MIDDLE: 1st couple continue turning left hand another half turn; cast up two places on own side, and dance down the middle nearer hands joined casting into the bottom place (4th and 5th couples step up on Bars 29-30).

REPEAT WITH NEW TOP COUPLE.

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


Dance Information

The title of this dance comes from a line from the poem Tam O'Shanter by Robert Burns.
"Or like snow falls on the river, A moment white then gone forever"
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