Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Pearces' Gold

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Pearces' Gold A 32 bar Strathspey for 3 couples in longwise set.

1 - 4 First and second couples set and link; second lady finish facing out.
5 - 8 Second lady, followed by her partner, cast off two places to third place on opposite sides while third man, followed by his partner casts up two places to first place on opposite sides
9 - 16 Third, first and second couples dance a 'bottom open U-chain'. i.e. Third couple cross giving right hand while first and second couples change places right hand (2 steps to each hand). The formation continues with the couple reaching third place setting while the others change place left hand. On bars 15 - 16, third couple set in third place while second and first couples change places left hand to finish with nearer hands joined in the centre ready for a Rondel
17 - 24 First and second couples dance a Rondel. First couple finish facing out in second place.
25 - 26 First couple change places with third couple (first and third ladies right hand, first and third men left hand).
27 - 32 First couple dance up to the top and cast off two places.
Repeat from new places

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton)

Dance Information

The dance was written to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Ron and Del Pearce on 1st October 2005.

Ron has been teacher of the Caringbah Class for a number of years as well as formerly being the teacher of the Penshurst Class. He and Del have been well-known in the Sydney area for many years.

The U-chain formation is taken from the dances of Heinz Duewell from the Hunter Valley Branch and published in his 'Tighes Hill Dances'.

Music: A suitable recording is The Laird of Atherton from the San Francisco Collection, Volume II.

Dance Information by the deviser, Brian Charlton.

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