Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Ruby Wedding Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Ruby Wedding Strathspey A 32 bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a longwise set.

1 - 8 First couple cross down to dance reels of three with second and third couples on the opposite side. First couple finish in promenade hold facing second man while second couple finish in first place
9 - 12 First couple in promenade hold dance a half diagonal reel of three with second man and third lady, giving right shoulder to start. First couple finish facing second lady.
13 - 16 First couple, still in promenade hold, dance a half diagonal reel of three with second lady and third man, giving left shoulder to start. First couple finish facing down the set in second place with nearer hands joined.
17 - 20 First couple dance down between the third couple and cast to second place on the opposite side.
21 - 24 Third, first and second couples turn partners with two hands one and a half times to finish in the centre facing up ready for an allemande.
25 - 32 Third, first and second couples dance an allemande, Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton, 1995)

Dance Notes

At the end of the second time through, first couple finish in third place.
For the next repeat, fourth couple start the reels from fourth place, dancing in, as the original first couple step down.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Brian Charlton)

Dance Information

Devised for the Helensburgh Scottish Country Dance Club celebration of the Ruby Wedding of Jack and Betty Daniel on 28 July 1995.

Music: A suitable recording is 'Lady Lucy Ramsay', A Dancer's Miscellany Vol. IV

A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from ruber, Latin for red.

It is traditional on wedding anniversaries to give your partner (or couples) a gift that symbolises the particular anniversary. These gifts are made of different materials for each wedding anniversary.

The wedding anniversary associated with the material 'ruby' is the 40th.

Ruby Red Image
Ruby Red

Here is a list of the materials associated with traditional anniversary gifts in the UK for the various years.

1st      Cotton
2nd      Paper
3rd      Leather
4th      Fruit and Flower
5th      Wooden
6th      Sugar
7th      Woollen
8th      Salt, Pottery
9th      Copper
10th    Tin, coal
11th     Scent
12th     Silk and Fine Linen
13th     Barometer
14th     Clock
15th     Crystal
16th     Holloware
18th     Coloured Gems
19th     Furniture
20th     China
25th     Silver
30th     Pearl
35th     Coral

40th     Ruby
45th     Sapphire
50th     Gold
55th     Emerald
60th     Diamond
65th     Blue Sapphire
70th     Platinum
75th     Diamond
80th     Oak

Dance Information by the deviser, Brian Charlton.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Ruby article on Wikipedia.
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