Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The New Plymouth Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE NEW PLYMOUTH STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C Set Ruary Laidlaw Locheil Collection

1- 8 All set twice, turn partners 2H. 1s face down
9-16 1s lead down, cross below 4s, cast up to top place opposite sides
17-24 All Adv+Ret twice, turn partners 2H (1s turn 1½ times to own side and face out)
25-32 1s cast to 4th place, 2s+3s+4s take hands on sides and step up bars 3-4. 1s turn 2H (4 bars)

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


The New Plymouth Strathspey
A 4 x 32 bar strathspey for four couples in a longwise set.

1 - 8 All four couples set for four bars and then turn partner for four steps with two hands to finish back in original places, first couple facing down in the centre.
9-16 The first couple lead down the middle with inside hands joined to the bottom of the set and cast back up on their own sides to finish in their own places.
17-24 All four couples advance and retire for 4 bars and turn their partners with two hands back to their own sides of the dance, first couple facing out.
25-32 The first couple cast off to the bottom of the set, 2s, 3s and 4s join hands and move up on three and four. The first couple turn with two hands for four to finish on their own side of the dance in fourth place
Repeat with a new couple in top place.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw.)


Dance Notes

The dance was composed to teach advance and retire in strathspey time.

Dance Information

This dance was composed for the Beginners' Intermediate Class at the New Plymouth Easter Weekend School in 1993.

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