Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 12: Corrie Dances
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   DIAGONAL CROSS AND CAST: 1st woman and 2nd man cross with rights hands and cast around partner to original places;

  5-8   RIGHT HAND WHEEL: 1st and 2nd couple dance right hands across;

  9-12 DIAGONAL CROSS AND CAST: 1st man and 2nd woman cross with left hands and cast around partner to original places;

13-16 LEFT HAND WHEEL: 1st and 2nd couple dance left hands across:

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)

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)

Dance Information

The Pass of Corrieyairack (Bealach Choire Ghearraig in Gaelic), southeast of Fort Augustus, is the highest point on General Wade's Military Road.
"Bealach Choire Ghearraig" should be pronounced as "Byahl~ch Cho~r~ Yarrik" in English, with stress always on the first syllable, and where:
  "y" is as in "yet";
  "ah" is as in "shah";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound; and
  ch is as in "loch".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

Corrieyaireag Image
Start Of Corrieyairack Pass Military Road

Image Copyright Sarah McGuire under this Creative Commons Licence.

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