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Queen Elizabeth Of Mey (Petyt)

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QUEEN ELIZABETH OF MEY 1 (J4x40) 4C set Sue Petyt Lochmaben Collection 6 www.suepetyt.me.org
Music in 20 bar phrases

1- 6 1s+2s+3s dance reels of 3 across (2L LSh to 1M, 2M LSh to 3L to start)
7-10 1s+2s set, cast to 2nd and 3rd places while 3s nearer hands joined dance up to 1st place
11-20 3s+1s+2s set advancing and dance Allemande. 2134
21-26 1s+3s+4s dance mirror (reflection) reels of 3 on sides (1s in/down, 3s out/up. 4s in up)
27-30 1s dance down to 4th place while 3s+4s set, cast up to 2nd and 3rd place. 2341
31-40 3s+4s+1s set advancing, face down and dance promenade (down Ladies' side, up Men's side)

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


Queen Elizabeth Of Mey (J4x40) 4C set Sue Petyt
The music is in 20 bar phrases

1-6 First, second and third couples dance reels of three across the dance, second lady giving left shoulder to first man, and second man giving left shoulder to third lady. All finish in original place
7-10 First and second couples set and cast one place (second couple finish in third place, first couple finish in second place) WHILE third couple join nearer hands and dance up to finish in first place, all on own sides
11-12 Third, first and second couples set advancing to partners
13-20 Third, first and second couples dance an allemande. (finish 2 1 3 4)
21-26 First, third and fourth couples dance a reel of three on the sides, first couple dance in and down, third couples dance out and up, fourth couple dance in and up. All finish back on the side lines
27-30 First couple join nearer hands and dance down to finish in fourth place, WHILE third and fourth couples set and cast up one place to finish, third couple in second place and fourth couple in third place, all on own sides
31-32 Third, fourth and first couples set advancing to partners
33-40 Facing down to start, first, fourth and third couples dance a promenade. (dancing up on the men's side)
Repeat from new positions

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2002)


Dance Information

Also see the dance Queen Elizabeth Of Mey (Boswell) by Arthur C Boswell.

Queen Elizabeth Of Mey by Sue Petyt was written in response to a challenge by Ian MacPhail, made on 'Take the Floor' for devisers to come up with a dance to fit the music he had written. The music is in 20 bar phrases!
Original tune by Iain MacPhail

The Castle of Mey is in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland, about 6 miles west of John o' Groats.

Castle of Mey, Scotland
The Castle Of Mey From The West


Dance Information by the deviser, Sue Petyt.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Castle Of Mey article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Robin Drayton under this Creative Commons Licence.

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