Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Candle For Mary

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A CANDLE FOR MARY (By Candlelight) (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry

1- 8 1s turn RH moving down below 2s and end facing out on their own sides, M casts up and L down to form lines of 3 across (facing) and all set
9-16 1s turn RH and end on own sides in 2nd place while 2s+3s petronella 1 place and all set on sides; Repeat with 1s ending 1M between 2s in 3rd place and 1L between 3s at top and all set
17-24 All DoSiDo with opposite person, 1s turn 2H twice and end facing 1st corner (pstn) while 2s+3s dance ½ R&L (start on sides)
25-32 1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting ending with petronella turn to 2nd places

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This strathspey was devised for the birthday of a Scottish country dance teacher, Mary Prentice.

The name was changed to "By Candlelight" at the request of the lady in question, but after the dance, with its original name, had been circulated. It appears that the dance has retained both names.

Mary Prentice founded the Dunblane Hydro Scottish Country Dance Club in 1962. The club left the Hydro in April 1990 and then, after using a few other premises until 1995, it settled in to the Albert Hall, Stirling.

The move from the Hydro required a club name change. The "Martice Scottish Country Dance Club" was chosen, inspired by Mary's name, Mar(y Pren)tice. The club still (2017) maintains a full programme of dancing activities under the direction of a committee.

Candle For Mary
A Candle For Mary

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