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Corstorphine Road

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CORSTORPHINE ROAD (S4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt Tartan Rainbow

1- 8 All dance a large Fig of 8:
   3L followed by 4s+3M cross up to 2M place (persons dancing up have priority) and loop round to right as 2L followed by 1s+2M cross down to 3M place and loop round to left, repeat from new places back to original places
9-16 1s+2s turn RH on sides while 3s+4s turn LH, 1L followed by 2L+3L+4L dance down middle while 4M followed by 3M+2M+1M dance up middle to face partner
17-24 4s+3s also 2s+1s circle left right round in 3 bars and dance out to sides, 4s and 2s turn RH, 4s lead down to 3rd place while 2s cast to top
25-32 2s+3s also 4s+1s dance double Fig of 8 (2s and 4s cross down) 2341

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

Corstorphine Road (S4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt Tartan Rainbow

1-8 Each dancer (all 4 couples) dances a figure of eight round the set and back to place. Dancers in second and third lady's positions cross each time, and to start, the dancer going up (third lady's position) having priority. (Join right hands at the top of the set, and left hands at the bottom of the set as in a wheel if this helps).
(When you are crossing, do not be too anxious to join the wheel, wait until you get to the other side or the 8 will look like a B)
9-12 First man with second man and first lady with second lady turn right hand, WHILE third man with fourth man and third lady with fourth lady turn left hand
13-16 First lady followed by second, third and fourth ladies dance down the middle of the set, staying in the middle and facing the men's side, WHILE fourth man followed by third second and first man dance up the middle of the set, staying in the middle and facing the Ladies' side. (All should be facing partner in the order 4 3 2 1)
17-20 Fourth couple with third couple, second couple with first couple, circle to the left for three steps, then drop hands and leaving the circle, dance one curving step out to the sides to finish on own sides 4 3 2 1. (Do not cast out of the circle)
21-24 Fourth couple and second couple turn partner right hand for two bars. Second couple cast to top place, WHILE fourth couple with right hands joined dance down the middle to third place. (Fourth couple should stay in the centre of the dance)
25-32 Second couple with third couple, fourth couple with first couple, dance double figures of eight. Second and fourth couples cross down to start and third and first couples dancing (not casting) up. Finish 2 3 4 1

Repeat from new positions

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 1995)

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Dance Information

This strathspey, Corstorphine Road, was inspired by watching the traffic negotiate the double mini roundabouts near the end of Corstorphine Road in Edinburgh.

The music for this dance is available on the CD We Twa recorded by Kenny Thomson and the Wardlaw Band.

(Dance information by the deviser, Sue Petyt)

Corstorphine is a village and parish to the west of Edinburgh, now considered a suburb of that city.

The earliest known form of the name is Crostorfin, recorded in 1128. This possibly means 'Torfin's crossing'; in ancient times, much of the land in the area consisted of small lochs and marshes, with Corstorphine situated at an ideal crossing point.

Old Corstorphine stood on a piece of dry land, between two lochs, the Gogar Loch and Corstorphine Loch, though both have now been drained.

Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh
Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

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