Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

O! For An Eagle

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

O! for an Eagle
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
8x32 bar Strathspey
3-couple dance in 4-couple set

  1-8   1ST COUPLE SOLO: 1st couple set, cross with right hands, then promenade between 2nd and 3rd couples, cross and cast up to 2nd place on own side (2nd couple step up on bars 7-8);

  9-16 INTERLINKED CHAIN: 2nd and 1st couples set (2 bars), then 1st man and 2nd woman turn ¾ with right hands AS 2nd man and 1st woman link by casting up and down respectively (2 bars), set again (2 bars), then 1st man and 2nd woman link by casting up and down respectively AS 2nd man and 1st woman turn ¾ with right hands (end with 1st woman and 2nd man facing out);

17-24 PARALLEL REELS OF 3 ON SIDE: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance a right shoulder reel of 3 on own side (start with 2nd and 1st women and 2nd and 1st men passing right shoulders; then on bar 24, 1st and 2nd couples dance a little farther in the reel to end in a line of 4 across the dance 2nd woman and 1st man back-to-back facing own side);

25-32 REEL OF 4: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 4 across the set (on bars 31-32, 1st woman and 2nd man cast down and up respectively AS 1st man and 2nd woman dance straight across the set to end on own side, 2nd couple in top place, 1st couple in 2nd place.

REPEAT FROM 2ND PLACE.

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


Bald Eagle Image
Bald Eagle


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