Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mountains Of The Moon

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Mountains of the Moon
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
7x32 bar Strathspey
7-couple dance in a 7-couple longways set (may be danced in a 5-couple set)

  1-8   ACTIVE COUPLES CROSS AND CAST TWICE: 1st, 3rd and 5th couples cross with right hands, cast off one place (2nd, 4th and 6th couples step up), cross with left hands and cast to the left around partner's 2nd corner, pass partner by the left shoulder to end facing 2nd corners;

  9-16 TURN 2ND CORNER, PARTNER, 1ST CORNER, PARTNER: active couples (1st, 3rd, and 5th) turn 2nd corners by the right, then partner by the left, 1st corner by the right and partner by the left ending in the middle facing man's 2nd corner, nearer hands joined, man on left of partner;

17-24 SET 2ND CORNERS AND 1ST CORNERS: 1st, 3rd and 5th set to man's 2nd corner active couples turning towards each other to end facing woman's 2nd corner nearer hands joined, set rotating ¼ anticlockwise to end facing man's 1st corner, set active couples turning towards each other to face woman's 1st corner, set ending facing the top of the set;

25-32 CAST AND TURN; 1st, 3rd and 5th couples dance up and cast around the couple above them (1st around 2nd, 3rd around 4th, 5th around 6th), then begin to dance between couple below offering them the outer hand and turn them 1½ times to end on own side (the order now is: 2nd, 4th, 1st, 6th, 3rd, 7th, 5th)

REPEAT 6 TIMES (or 7 times if using recorded music).

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

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