Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


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Daydream 32 bar slow jig for 4 couples Rod Downey The Golden Bear Collection

1-4 2C dance up the sidelines to follow the 1C who dance down the middle.
5-8 2C followed by 1C dance up the middle and finish with 2C in first place, and 1C in second facing out on own sides.
9-16 1C dances a figure of eight across the set casting into third place and through 2nd and third places, intersecting reels on the sides which begin by 3rd lady giving left shoulder to 4th lady and 3rd man right shoulder to 4th man and 2nd couple casting into the reels. (The reels involve the 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples, but are through the 1st, 3rd and 4th places.) To wit :
 9-10 At the end of bar 10, 3C will be in 4th place facing out, 4C will be in 3rd place facing in, 1L will be just past 3rd place ready to dance across up to 2nd man's place, 1M similarly in front of 4th man, and 2C will be ready to dance through 3rd place, with the men mirroring on the men's side. (The effect of this will be that, through 3rd place the couples pass 1C, 4C, 2C.)
 11-12 4C dance up to first place and face out (it is wise of the 4th couple not to make a big loop on this part of the reel as they need to dance up 2 positions from 3rd place; this comment applies for other dances in this part of the reel), 1C cross to second place on opposite sides and face out (4C in front of first couple, 4C should not be tardy-it helps if this is danced in wide sets), 3C dance up into 3rd place and face in and up, and 2C dance down to 4th place and face out.
 13-16 Repeat [9-12] as appropriate. Finish with 1C facing out and 3C facing in, 1C in second place and 3rd couple in 3rd place.
16-20 1C and 3C turn 1½ on the sides LH on the men's side and RH on the ladies. 1C finish facing in.
21-24 1C and 4C turn 1½ times on the side with the other hands. At the end, 1C finish facing out and 4C facing in. Also 3C face out on bar 24 25-32 1C with 4C, 2C with 3C dance double figures of eight across the set, beginning with 2C crossing down and 4C crossing up, and the others casting. Finishing order 2,3,4,1.

Repeat from new positions.

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

Dance Information

This slow Jig was first devised 19th July, 2021.

I was daydreaming whilst Jeanette was teaching Iain Matcham's dance "Autumn Tidings" and wondering if the figures of eight and the mirror reels of that dance could be combined. Hence the result.

Recommended tune is "A Trip around the World" by Muriel Johnston from "The Merse Collection" (Dancing Fingers 5). Acceptable alternative music is either "Off She Goes" or "Off She Goes In the North".

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

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

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