Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Barrie Alexander Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Barrie Alexander Strathspey (S4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt

1-8 Second and third couples dance a diamond (all round) poussette, while first and fourth couples set, cross over to change places with partners, and chase clockwise half way round the set. (4 2 3 1) (keep the poussette within the set to avoid colliding with the dancer chasing round)
9-16 All dance right shoulder reels of four on the sides (no loops at the end)
17-24 Fourth and second couples, third and first couples dance half rights and lefts, join hands and set, and cross over giving right hand to partner. (2 4 1 3)
25-32 Second and fourth couples, first and third couples dance right hand across and left hand across
Repeat from new positions

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2007)

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Dance Information

The original tune for this dance is 'The Seafarer' by Willie McRobert
Barrie's favourite Strathspey music was 'Mid Fodderletter' (track 6) from the Dancers' Choice Volume 1 CD, and if using CDs this is the recommended music for the dance.

Written to remember Barrie, a much missed member of the Kirkpatrick Fleming and Annan dance classes.

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue Petyt.

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