Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Medley For Three

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Medley for Three
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
32 bar Jig/32 bar Strathspey/32 bar Reel
3-person dance in a line facing audience
JIG

  1-8   TURN: centre turns right hand partner with right hand, then left hand partner with left hand;

  9-16 FIGURE OF 8: centre person closely followed by left hand partner pass right hand partner by the right shoulder who leads the three dancers through a figure of 8 pattern;

17-24 TEAPOTS: all dance right hands across at the right hand end of the line, then a left hand wheel at the left hand end (right hand partner dances two steps halfway round the right hand wheel and then breaks for the left hand end for the left hand across (i.e. figure of 8 pattern with hands at each end) left hand partner dances a larger loop at end of the second wheel);

25-32 REEL OF 3: dance a reel of 3 starting with centre and right hand partner passing right shoulders (end in a line of 3 facing audience and join hands: centre extends arms sideways and joins left hand with left hand partner's left hand, right hand with right hand partner's right hand AS end people join nearer hands above other arms and in front of centre person);

STRATHSPEY

  1-8   GLASGOW HIGHLANDERS SETTING;

  9-12 TURN UNDER AND ½ CIRCLE: end people drop hands in front of centre person and turn towards centre and dance under retained hands AS centre person advances and retires (1 step each way), then ½ circle to the left ending with the centre person's back to the audience;

13-16 THRO' ARCH HOME: centre person goes under arch made by end people who follow under their arms (2 bars), drop hands, then centre pulls right shoulder back and dances back to original place AS end people cross home passing left shoulders;

17-20 SHEPHERDS CROOK: right hand person dances forward and through arch made by the other two who dance through the arch on bars 19-20 as right hand partner dances back to place;

21-24 SHEPHERDS CROOK: left hand person dances forward and through arch made by the other two who dance through the arch on bars 23-24 as left hand partner dances back to place;

25-28 ENDS TURN: end people turn each other once round with both hands and make an arch;

29-32 THRO' ARCH, SET AND RETIRE or CAST: centre person dances through the arch with 1 travelling step, then sets with a stationary highland setting step, e.g. a Highland Fling step OR ½ STEP KICK (starting with left foot in 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 1: step onto left foot in 3rd position as right foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 2: hop on left foot kicking right foot into 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 3: step onto right foot as left foot is raised into 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 4: hop on right foot kicking left foot into 4th intermediate aerial position,
BEAT 5: step onto left foot in 3rd position as right foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 6: step onto right foot in 3rd position as left foot is raised to 3rd aerial position,
BEAT 7: step onto left foot in 3rd position as right foot is raised to 3rd rear aerial position,
BEAT 8: hop on left foot as right foot is kicked into 4th intermediate aerial position), and finally retires with 1 travelling step AS end people turn towards the audience and cast back to original places on bars 31-32;

REEL

  1-8   HIGHLAND SETTING: with Pas de Basque-coupe-Pas de Basque-Coupe twice;

  9-24 4-LEAF CLOVER: each person dances a 4-leaf clover pattern starting diagonally forwards to the right (this figure is similar to the ½ reel of 4 pattern danced by the active couple in Mairi's Wedding): join nearer hands when dancing towards and away from audience;

25-32 CHASE INTO CIRCLE AND BACK: right hand partner leads a chase clockwise followed by centre and left hand people into a circle to the left (4 bars), then circle back dancing into the middle for the chord at the end.

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



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