Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Cairngorm Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CAIRNGORM STRATHSPEY (S5x32) 5C set Peter J Clark Corberry Collection 2

1- 8 1s+2s+4s+5s set, 1s+2s also 4s+5s dance ¾ double Fig 8, 1s cross down, 2s dance up, 5s cross up, 4s dance down. (2)135(4)
9-16 2s+1s dance RH back to back Knot while 5s+4s dance LH Back to Back Knot:
   2s+1s ½ turn RH to BtoB in centre, 2s facing up, 1s facing down. Take allemande hold and then dance as per Knot (1s dance up Ladies' side, 2s down Men's side)
   5s+4s dance similar, ½ turn LH to BtoB, 5s facing up, 4s facing down. Take allemande hold and dance as per Knot (5s dance down Ladies' side, 4s up Men's side)
17-24 1s and 5s set, ½ turn RH and chase to opposite end of set while 2s+3s+4s dance Grand Chain (2s cross to start). 5(2)3(4)1
25-28 5s+2s+3s+4s dance ½ mirror reels of 4 on sides (5s and 3s in/down, 2s and 4s out/up). 2s cross to own side from top, 5s curve to 4th place. (4)3251
29-32 4s+3s+2s dance ½ mirror reels of 3 on own sides (4s start by crossing down to own side). 23451

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

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