Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Alison Hogg Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ALISON HOGG STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C Set Richard Francis Class Of '13

1- 8 1s+2s dance the Bourrel while 3s+4s turn ½ RH, face partner and cast to opposite sides, set, cross LH (1s+3s finish face out) 2134
9-16 1s&3s dance up/down outside 2s/4s, meet and lead down/up. 1s+3s dance RH across
17-24 1s+3s Set and Mirror Link (1s cast), 1s+4s Set and Mirror Link (1s cast) 2341
25-32 All dance mirror reels of 4 on the sides (Men pass LSh and ladies pass RSh to begin)

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

ALISON HOGG STRATHSPEY A strathspey for four couples

1-8 First and second couples dance the bourrel while third and fourth couples half turn RH and pull back right shoulders to side lines (half turn and twirl), set and cross LH.
First and third couples stay facing out.
9-16 First couple dance up outside second couple, meet and lead down while third couple dance down outside fourth couple, meet and lead up. First and third couple dance RH across back to place.
17-24 First and third couple set and mirror link. First and fourth couple set and mirror link and fourth couple stay facing out. (Normal set and link for ladies but for men, 1st man always casts as 3rd man/4th man dance up)
25-32 Reflection reels of four on the side, giving hands where appropriate. Men passing left shoulder and ladies passing right shoulder to begin.
Finish in order 2341.

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Richard Francis, for the Unit 5 Class at Summer School, July 2013)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This dance has been devised for Alison Hogg, who lives in Salisbury. She requested a strathspey containing a bourrel.

(Dance information by the deviser, Richard Francis, 2013)

Published in Class of '13, Richard Francis, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Richard Francis, 2023.

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