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Corrie Cas

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Corrie Cas (Steep Corrie)
J. Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 12: Corrie Dances
Reel   6/8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   3 or 4 Couple   Longwise Set

  1-8   DIAGONAL TURN AND CAST: 1st woman and 2nd man turn 1½ times with right hands, and cast around partner to original places;

  9-16 DIAGONAL TURN AND CAST: 1st man and 2nd woman turn 1½ times with left hands, and cast around partner to original places;

17-24 DOWN MIDDLE, CROSS INTO SKYE HOLD AND DANCE UP: 2nd couple followed by 1st couple dance down the middle nearer hands joined, ON Bar 21 retain same hands and cross to opposite side the man dancing below the woman as the woman dances across to the mans' side pulling right shoulder back and places right hand on her shoulder to face up where it is joined with man's left hand (Skye Hold), then both couples dance up;

25-32 WEE CORRIE: 1st and 2nd couples unwind (women swivel anticlockwise) crossing to own side (2 bars), chase with other couple anticlockwise halfway round (2 bars), cross with partner using left hands (2 bars), and set on own side.

Repeat from 2nd place.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, J. Duncan Keppie)

Dance Notes

As with all dances having the format, 2-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, if dancer numbers so dictate it can be performed in a 3-Couple or 5-Couple Set and with the number of repeats adjusted appropriately.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

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Dance Information

"Coire Cas" is Gaelic for "Steep corrie"; it is the name of the bowl-shaped valley near Aviemore (An Aghaidh Mhòr in Gaelic) in the Cairngorm Range which is the main skiing centre in Scotland.
"Coire Cas" should be pronounced as "Ko~r~ kass" in English and "An Aghaidh Mhòr" as "~ naghee voer", with stress always on the first syllable, and where:
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ss" is as in "less";
  "gh" is a more guttural form of ch;
  "ee" is as in "beet"; and
  "oe" is as in "toe".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

Corrie Cas
Looking Over To Snow Fences And Ski Tows In Coire Cas

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