Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tirl The Sneck

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Tirl the Sneck
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 9: A Dozen in Hand
5x48 bar Strathspey
5-couple dance in Square set, 5th couple in centre

  1-8   SET, ½ WHEEL, TWIRL AND CHASE: 5th and 1st couples set on diagonal, dance right hands across halfway, twirl (all pull into the centre of the wheel, pull right shoulder back and dance out to position as at end of Bar 4), and chase clockwise to original places ending with 5th couple (man on right of partner) facing 3rd couple;

  9-16 SET, ½ WHEEL, TWIRL AND CHASE: 5th and 3rd couples set, dance left hands across halfway, twirl (all pull into the centre of the wheel, pull left shoulder back and dance out to position as at end of Bar 12) and chase anticlockwise to original places, 5th couple (man on left of partner) facing 1st couple;

17-24 HAND-IN-HAND REEL OF 3: 5th couple with head couples dance Hand-in-Hand Reel of 3 switching hands with partner at each end of the reel: end with 5th couple facing 4th couple;

25-48 REPEAT Bars 1-24 WITH SIDE COUPLES: on bars 47-48 5th woman followed by 5th man dance anticlockwise ¼ around the periphery into 1st couple's place as 1st couple dance into the middle to face next couple on the left (i.e. 2nd couple).

REPEAT WITH EACH COUPLE IN THE CENTRE.

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


Dance Information

Tirl the Sneck is broad Scots for Twirl the latch.

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