Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Daisy Chain (Downey)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Daisy Chain 8x32 bar Strathspey for 3 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A three couple, 32 bar strathspey.

1-8 First, second and third couples dance reels of three on the sides. First couple cross down between second couple, second couple dance out and up and third couple dance in and up to begin. First couple finish on opposite sides facing down while second couple finish in original places facing up.
9-12 First and second couples set twice.
13-16 First and second couples turn with left hands one and a half times. First and second men finish facing out.
17-24 Second and first couples dance a ladies' chain across the set.
25-28 Second, first and third couples, with nearer hands joined on the sides, advance with two travelling steps and retire with two travelling steps.
29-32 First couple turns with two hands one and a half time to finish on own sides.
(29-32 (Alternative) Second, first and third couples turn with both hands to finish on own sides.)

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Also see the dance Daisy Chain (Lavalle-Trente) by Karen Lavalle-Trente.
Also see the dance Daisy Chain (Robertson) by Pam Robertson.

This strathspey, The Daisy Chain (Downey), was devised in June 1998 as a teaching dance to introduce 'ladies' chain'.

Daisy MacDonald Fanning is my niece. The dance celebrates her birth.

Recommended music is a strong strathspey such as "Bonnie Flowers o'er the Muir" with a suitable recording being by the Berkeley Players "None So Pretty".

(Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey)

Daisy Chain
A Daisy Chain

Published in The Cane Toad Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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