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Miss Milligan's Strathspey

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MISS MILLIGAN'S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Golden Jubilee Dances

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round to left, 1s turn to face 2s and set, 1s cast while 2s dance up
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides 1s dancing in between 3s to start
17-24 2s+1s+3s set, 2s+1s ½ turn LH, 1s followed by 2s lead down between 3s, cross and cast up on own sides
25-32 1s+2s dance the Knot

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


Miss Milligan's Strathspey
RSCDS   Golden Jubilee Dances
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4       1s2s 4 hands round to the left, finishing 1s facing down, 2s up;

  5-6       1s 2s set;

  7-8       1s cast WHILE 2s dance up;

  9-16     2s1s3s mirror reels of 3 on own sides, 1s leading down between 3s to start;

17-18     2s1s3s set;

19-20     2s 1s turn by the left halfway, finishing facing down;

21-24     1s followed by 2s lead down between 3s, cross and cast up on own sides, finishing in original places;

25-32     1s2s dance the knot for 2 couples:

    25-26 1s 2s turn partners halfway by the right, finishing facing down in allemande hold;

    27-27 2s turn ¼ and dance out to the Ls' side finishing facing out WHILE 1s dance down one place;

    28-28 2s turn ¼ and dance up on the Ls' side WHILE 1s turn ¼ and dance out to the Ls' side finishing facing out;

    29-29 2s 1s release right hands and 2s lead up and turn ¼ by the left WHILE 1s turn ½ by the left, finishing 2L2M1L1M on the Ls' sideline, 2M in 1L's place, 1M in 2L's, all facing in;

    30-30 retaining left hand hold, 2s 1s dance in toward the centre line, Mn turning their partners ¼ by the left;

    31-32 retaining left hand hold, 2s 1s turn by the left, finishing on own sides, 2s in 1st place, 1s in 2nd.

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


Dance Notes

25-28     This is not the same movement as bars 1-4 of allemande "upside down".

    -29     At the end of this bar, 2s1s should be in the Ls' sideline facing in (cf the 5th bar of allemande).

29-32     For the first half of this slow turn, the Mn are almost turning on the spot, gracefully wafting their partners to the Mn's side of the centre line.


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