Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Moment Of Coalescence

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Moment Of Coalescence by Sue McKinnell and Mady Newfield 8x32 Strathspey for 3C

1-8 1C set, then cross down to 2nd places as 2C steps up; 1C end back-to-back in the center facing opposite sides. 1C dance 3 hands once round with corners; on bar 8, 1C pass LS in the middle and curve into 2nd place on own sides.
9-16 1W with 2C and 1M with 3C dance RH across once round. On bar 12, 1C pass RS in the middle into 1W with 3C and 1M with 2C dance LH across once round, 1C ending in 2nd place on own sides.
17-24 1C dance reels of three across the dance, beginning by giving LS to 1st corners (1W to 2M and 1M to 3W).
25-32 2C and 1C dance poussette right round.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Oct 2000)

Dance Notes

Suggested music is Lady Lucy Ramsay from Gang on the Same Gate by Green Ginger.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

In class, Doug often mentions the "moment of coalescence" when the figures end and all couples are neatly in places on the sides of the dance, just before entering the next figure. I decided to write a dance that flowed, but where each figure ended exactly on the sides, rather than in other positions as often happens. When I first wrote the dance, it had no reels, and when I showed it to Mady, she said the moment of coalescence requires reels, so we replaced bars 17-24 with reels.

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell.

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