Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Border Gordons

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Border Gordons
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 10: Gordon Reels
6/8x24 bar Strathspey
2-couple dance in 3, 4 couple longways set

  1-8   DOWN MIDDLE AND BACK: 1st couple, followed by 2nd couple, lead down the middle right hands joined, and return 2nd couple in the lead with right hands joined followed by 1st couple who return in Gordon Hold (man raises right hand over woman's head and join left hands in front as in allemande): on Bar 8, 2nd couple begins to divide and cast around 1st place on own side;

  9-16 GORDON REEL OF 3: 1st couple (in Gordon Hold) dances a Reel of 3 across the dance with 2nd couple (start with 1st couple passing 2nd woman by the right; 1st couple turn as in Gay Gordons at each end of the reel, and end with 1st couple in middle between 2nd couple);

17-24 FIGURE OF 8: 1st couple dance a figure of 8 around 2nd couple, starting by dropping right hands and crossing over with left hands, 1st woman dancing around 2nd man then 2nd woman, AS 1st man dances around 2nd woman then 2nd man.

Repeat from 2nd place.

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

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