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The Three Square Strathspey

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THE THREE SQUARE STRATHSPEY (S3x32) 3C Sq.Set Sue Petyt Caledonian Caper
1s and 3s stand as for a normal square set. 2L stands in 2nd couples place and 2M stands in 4th couples place

1- 4 2s set and cast anticlockwise to end 2L in 1st place and 2M in 3rd place while 1s and 3s dance RH across ending in centre facing 2L/2M (now in 1st/3rd places)
5- 8 2L+1s also 2M+3s dance LH across
9-12 2L+1s dance ½ reel of 3 (2L RSh to 1L) while 2M+3s dance ½ reel of 3 (2M RSh to 3L)
13-16 2s turn RH to end facing up (Lady facing lady, Man facing man) to 1s while 1s and 3s turn partner RH to finish in partner's original place
17-20 1s+2s dance ½ R&L (1s end facing 3s)
21-24 1s+3s dance ½ R&L (1s end in 3rd place, 3L in 2nd place and 3M in 4th place)
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

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


The Three Square Strathspey (S3x32) 3C square set Sue Petyt Caledonian Caper
First and third couples stand as for a normal square set. Second lady stands in second couple's place, and second man stands in fourth couple's place

1-4 First and third couples dance right hand across all the way round, to finish in the centre of the set, first couple facing second lady and third couple facing second man, WHILE second couple set, and pulling left shoulder back, cast to finish second lady in first couples place, and second man in third couples place
5-8 First couple with second lady, third couple with second man dance left hands across all the way round
9-12 First couple with second lady dance half a reel of three, second lady giving right shoulder to first lady, WHILE third couple with second man dance half a reel of three, second man giving right shoulder to third lady
13-16 First and third couples turn right hand to finish in partner's original place. Second couple turn right hand and finish, second lady facing first lady and second man facing first man
17-20 First and second couple dance half rights and lefts, finishing second couple in first couples original place, first lady finishes facing third lady and first man finishes facing third man
21-24 First and third couples dance half rights and lefts, to finish first couple in third couples original place and third couple (on the sides) in second couples original place
25-32 All circle round and back
Repeat from new positions

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2001)


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