Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Taigh Nan Gaidheal Srathspeidh Agus Ruidhle

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Taigh nan Gaidheal Srathspeidh agus Ruidhle
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Medley S/R   64/64 bars   2 Couple Repeat   2 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
Strathspey:

    1-4     SET ADVANCING AND ½ WHEEL: Nearer hands joined 1st woman with 2nd man, 1st man with 2nd woman, set advancing to end back-to-back, pull right shoulder back to dance right hands across halfway to end 2nd woman with 1st man, and 1st woman with 2nd man;

    5-8     SET ADVANCING AND ½ WHEEL: Nearer hands joined 1st woman with 2nd man and 1st man with 2nd woman, set advancing to end back-to-back, pull left shoulder back to dance left hands across halfway to end in original places;

    9-16   SET AND PETRONELLA: all set nearer hands joined (1st woman with 2nd man and 1st man with 2nd woman), and petronella into a line of 4 up-and-down the middle, set and petronella to opposite place;

  17-24   SET AND LA BARATTE: join nearer hands 1st woman with 2nd man and 1st man with 2nd woman, set and dance La Baratte with partner (end in original places);

  25-32   DIAMOND POUSSETTE: dance all round poussette (diamond poussette) with partner;

  33-40   ESPAGNOLE: face up and down and dance the espagnole (1st couple pass between 2nd couple, cross over 1st woman passing in front of partner, 2nd couple pass between 1st couple, cross over 2nd woman passing in front of partner, turn 1¼ 1st man with 2nd woman by the left hand, 2nd man with 1st woman by the right hand to end in a line of 4 across the set, men back-to-back in the centre facing the person you just turned);

  41-48   SET WITH HIGHLAND STEP;

  49-56   REEL OF 4: dance a reel of 4, at the end the men turn to face their partner, omitting the last left shoulder pass;

  57-64   HIGHLAND SCHOTTISCHE POUSSETTE: dance Highland Schottische poussette (men start with their left foot) (finish with a turn once round to end men in the middle in a line of 4, 1st couple at the right hand end of line, facing the audience).

Reel:

  65-72   SET WITH HIGHLAND STEP: set and spring points twice;

  73-76   ADVANCE AND RETIRE up and down;

  77-80   TURN: turn partner with both hands once around;

  81-88   ¾ POUSSETTE: start with ¼ turn clockwise; move along side, ¼ turn, move across set, ¼ turn, move along side, ½ turn to end with ladies on right hand side of partner facing the other couple across the set;

  89-96   COUPE-PAS DE BASQUE TWICE;

  97-104 LADIES' CHAIN;

105-112 RIGHTS AND LEFTS;

113-120 PROMENADE ANTICLOCKWISE AROUND SET: end by turning ladies back-to-back into a line in the middle;

121-128 SET TWICE AND TULLOCH TURN TWICE AROUND BY RIGHT ELBOW.

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


Dance Information

"Taigh nan Gaidheal srathspeidh agus ruidhle" in Gaelic means "The Gaels' House of Strathspeys and Reels".
It should be pronounced as "Tie nan Gaee~l ssrah-sspayee ak~ss rooeel~" with the following conventions:
  "ie" is pronounced as in "tie";
  "ee" is pronounced as in "see";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ah" is the long form of "a", pronounced as in "shah".
  "ay" is pronounced as in "say";
  "oo" is pronounced as in "soon"; and
  "ss" represents the sibilant form of "s" as in "less" rather than the "z" sound in English plurals.
Stress should be equal on the two syllables of "srathspeidh" but on the first syllable elsewhere.
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

Dance information by Reuben Freemantle.

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