Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cloud Cover

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Cloud Cover 3x32 Strathspey for 3C by Sue McKinnell

1-8 1C set and turn BH once round then dance down between 2C and 3C and cast up to 2nd place to end facing 1st corners. 2C step up on bars 3-4.
9-16 1C set to and turn 1st corners BH to face 2nd corners; set to and turn 2nd corners BH and pass RS to end in 2nd place on own sides.
17-24 2C and 1C dance the knot.
25-32 1C, 2C, and 3C dance a three-couple bourrel:
1M and 2W, similarly 2M and 3W, set advancing to each other and turn BH halfway then away from each other to end back to back in the center of the set, woman facing up and man facing down. Meanwhile, 1W and 3M chase a little more than halfway CCW around the set to end facing new partners.
All set to partners and turn them BH to their own sides.

Note: To dance with chosen partners, 2W and 3W should change places at the start of the dance.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Sue McKinnell, 2018)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This strathspey, Cloud Cover, was written when we finally had an overcast day after a long, hot summer drought.

Suggested music is Set of Strathspeys from Terpsichore by Elke Baker and Liz Donaldson.

(Dance information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

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