Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

April Sky

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

April Sky 32 Bar Strathspey For 4 Couples Ferenc Szemerédi, 2004.
3C and 4C start the dance on the opposite sides

1-2 All couples set.
3-8 1L (followed by her partner) casts down three places, dances up three places, finishes between 2C. Meanwhile 4L (followed by her partner) casts up three places, dances down three places, finishes between 3C. 1M and 4M behind his partner.
2C step up, 3C step down on bars 7-8.
9-12 1C with 2L and 4C with 3L dance RH across in CP2 and CP4. At the end:
1L finishes in CP2. 1M (followed by 2L) dances across the set, finishes on the sidelines
4L finishes in CP4. 4M (followed by 3L) dances across the set, finishes on the sidelines
13-16 RH across for three in CP3 (1M,2L,2M) and CP1 (4M,3L,3M,). At the end:
1M finishes in CP3, 2L (followed by 2M) dances down, finishes between 4C
4M finishes in CP1, 3L (followed by 3M) dances up, finishes between 1C
17-20 RH across for three in CP4 (2L,2M,4L) and CP2 (3L,3M,1L). At the end:
2L finishes in CP4. 2M (followed by 4L) dances across the set, finishes on the sidelines
3L finishes in CP2. 3M (followed by 1L) dances across the set, finishes on the sidelines
21-24 RH across for three in CP1 (2M,4L,4M) and CP3 (3M,1L,1M). At the end:
2M finishes in CP1. 4L (followed by 4M) dances down, finishes in the middle of the set. 4M behind his partner
3M finishes in CP3. 1L (followed by 1M) dances down, finishes in the middle of the set. 1M behind his partner
25-26 1C and 4C (in the centre) dance half LH across.
27-30 1L (followed by her partner) dances up, then round 3M (in CP3) and finishes in the 2nd place on their own side
Meanwhile, 4L followed by her partner dances down, then round 2M (in CP1) and finishes in the 3rd place on opposite sides
31-32 All couples set

Finish in order 3, 1, 4, 2 and repeat the dance three more times from the new positions

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ferenc Szemerédi, 2004)


Dance Notes

1. CP1 means first man's first corner position. CP2: first man's second corner positon, etc.
2. Remember: 3C and 4C start the dance on the opposite sides!
3. The main figure of the dance is a RH across (about ¾) for three, where a couple dance to a corner and at the end of the RH across the leading person from the couple stays in the "stationary" place, while the person standing until then joins in as the "follower" behind the "leader", who was earlier the "follower", and they continue together as a couple. The couple always includes a man and a woman (recommendation: they could retain RH until the next RH across) and either the man is replaced by another man or the lady is replaced by another lady.

There are two RH across at the same time, and they move anticlockwise. The sequence is:
CP2-CP3-CP4-CP1 and CP4-CP1-CP2-CP3


Dance Information

Tune: Any suitable Strathspey.

April Sky Norway Image
Cirrus Front Over Austnesfjorden, Austvågøya, Lofoten, Norway, April, 2015


Published in http://bstk.hu/en.htm
Dance Information from A Reel Goulash 1, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances (2011), reproduced here with the kind permission.
Image Copyright Ximonic (Simo Räsänen) [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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