Scottish Country Dance Instruction
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Gaelic College SCD Book 12: Corrie Dances
Reel 8 x 32 bars 2 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set 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 man's side pulling right shoulder back and faces up in SKYE HOLD: man's left hand around the woman's back at waist level, the woman's right hand passes in front of her to her left hip where it is joined with man's left hand (woman places her left arm akimbo), then both couples dance up in Skye hold;
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 having passed a couple.
(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)
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)
"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.
Looking Over To Snow Fences And Ski Tows In Coire Cas
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