Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Piper And The Penguin

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THE PIPER AND THE PENGUIN (R88) Sq.Set Roy Goldring Scotia Suite

1- 8 Ladies dance RSh round their corners, dance RH across ending in centre
9-16 Ladies dance LSh round their partners, dance LH across and back to places
17-24 Men dance RSh round their partners, dance RH across ending in centre
25-32 Men dance LSh round corners, dance LH across and back to places
33-40 1s and 3s turn partners RH 1¼ times, Men followed by partners dance out between side couples and back to places (1M through 4s and 3M through 2s)
41-48 1s+3s dance R&L
49-64 2s+4s repeat bars 33-48
65-72 Ladies dance in turning right about to dance out, cast clockwise to opposite Lady's place
73-80 Men dance in turning left about to dance out, cast anticlockwise to opposite places
81-88 All turn partners RH 1¼ times into prom hold, Promenade anticlockwise ½ way round to original places

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


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Devised (probably in the 1990s) by Roy Goldring from Yorkshire. The title refers to a bizarre Scottish adventure. William Bruce (see Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel) led the first Scottish Antarctic expedition in 1902-4, aboard the good ship Scotia. On 7 March 1904, when in the Weddell Sea, they ran into a blizzard and were trapped by pack-ice. While they were stuck there, the crew passed the time investigating the effect of music on penguins! A bagpiper lashed a penguin to his leg then played different styles of music to see if they affected the penguin differently! Apparently not: presumably the unfortunate bird thought all these sounds equally excruciating... History doesn't relate if it was then eaten for dinner! On 12 March, a crack opened up in the ice, and the Scotia and her crew were able to escape. Why Goldring chose this story for his title, I don't know. Nor do I detect in the figures he chose for the dance any references to the predicaments of either the Scotia or the long-suffering penguin!
Piper And The Penguin Image
Gilbert Kerr, Bagpiper, With Penguin
Photographed By William Speirs Bruce During The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-04


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