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St Columba's Strathspey

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ST COLUMBA'S STRATHSPEY (S5x32) 5C set Vicky Sproule And Sadie Gillan

1- 8 2s+4s dance RH across, 2s dance up while 4s dance down, 2s and 4s casting round ends on own sides to face 1st corners
9-16 2s+4s Pass+Turn with 1st corners, pass partner LSh and Pass+Turn with 2nd corners and into centre facing partner (L facing down M up)
17-24 2s+4s dance reel of 4 ending in original places on sides
25-32 2s and 4s set and cast down 1 place while 3s and 5s set and dance up 1 place, 1s and 2s turn RH and cast down 1 place. 31524

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

St Columba's Strathspey
V Sproule and S Gillan
Strathspey   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   2s4s right hands across;

  5-8   2s lead up between 1s and cast WHILE 4s lead down between 5s and cast up, 2s 4s finishing facing 1st corners;

  9-10 2s 4s pass and turn with first corners quickly (cast to the right round first corners' positions WHILE first corners turn by the right);

11-12 2s 4s pass partners by the left to face second corners;

13-14 2s 4s pass and turn with second corners quickly (cast to the right round second corners' positions WHILE second corners turn by the right);

15-16 2s 4s dance in to face partners on the centre line, Mn facing up;

17-24 2s 4s reel of 4 up and down, finishing in original places;

25-26 2s3s4s5s set;

27-28 2s 4s cast WHILE 3s 5s dance up;

29-32 1s 2s turn by the right and cast, finishing 3s1s5s2s4s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  9-     First corners must move quickly at the start.

13-     Second corners must move quickly at the start.

    -32 2s must be ready to start the next repeat as 4s.

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Saint Columba was a sixth century missionary monk from (what is now) Donegal in Ireland. He spread the Christian faith through Scotland and was reputed to have banished a water monster to the depths of Loch Ness. His feast day is 9th June.
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