Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Scotian Twasome

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Scotian Twasome
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Medley S/R   64/64 bars   1 Couple Repeat   1 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
Strathspey:

    1-8     REEL OF 3: dance the pattern of a right shoulder reel of 3, with an imaginary centre person giving right shoulder to the woman to start;

    9-16   HIGHLAND SCHOTTISCHE SETTING AND CROSS: set to each other with Highland Schottische setting step for 2 bars, cross over to change places with left hand starting with left foot (2 bars), set to each other with Highland Schottische setting step halfway starting on the left foot (2 bars), and cross over with right hand ending with the lady turning under man's right arm into allemande hold (2 bars);

  17-24   HIGHLAND SCHOTTISCHE SETTING AND ALLEMANDE: Highland Schottische setting as a couple in allemande hold and dance a 4-bar allemande (dance anticlockwise around in two bars, turn the woman under and retire);

  25-32   GLASGOW HIGHLANDERS SETTING, CAST AND TURN: set to each other with Glasgow Highlanders setting step for 4 bars, and pulling right shoulder back cast around to the right and turn each other once round with both hands;

  33-40   REEL OF 3: dance the pattern of a right shoulder reel of 3 with an imaginary centre person giving right shoulder to the woman to start: use Highland Travelling steps;

  41-48   SET ADVANCING AND TURN: set advancing to end back-to-back, pull right shoulder back and turn each other with both hands ¾ around for 2 bars, then repeat bars 41-44 to end on opposite sides;

  49-56   SET AND LA BARATTE: set to each other and dance La Baratte;

  57-64   DIAMOND POUSSETTE: dance the pattern of the all around poussette (diamond poussette) as 1st couple.

Reel:

  65-72   REEL OF 3: dance the pattern of a right shoulder reel of 3 with an imaginary centre person giving right shoulder to the woman to start;

  73-80   SET: set to each other with coupe-Pas de Basque;

  81-88   PETRONELLA: petronella into the middle, set, petronella to partner's place and set;

  89-96   TULLOCH TURN 1½ AND BACK-TO-BACK: turn each other 1½ times around with Tulloch steps and right elbow grip, then dance back-to-back (do-si-do);

  97-128 REPEAT BARS 65-96 still in reel tempo but use Highland travelling steps in Bars 65-72 and a different Highland Setting step in Bars 73-80.

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



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