Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Dee In Spring

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DEE IN SPRING (S3x32) 3C set Melbourne Briscoe

1- 8 1s+2s Tourbillon (6 bars) and Link:-
' 1-6 1s and 2s ½ turn partners 2H and 1M also 2L lead partners by nearer hand 1 place clockwise (end 1s on Ladies' side and 2s Men's side), 1s set to 2s and ½ turn partners 2H and lead partners clockwise into centre so 2s (1st place) facing down and 1s (2nd place) facing up.
' 7-8 2s+1s Link - Persons on right of each couple casts to own side while person on left dances in to own side
9-16 2s+1s+3s set, circle 6H round to left ½ way, Set&Link for 3 to end in lines across
17-24 Repeat to end on opposite sides. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 3s+1s+2s Advance 1 step and Retire 1 step, all turn 2H 1½ times and all set

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

Dance Information

It was at the 1996 Salem Spring Party in Massachusetts, USA that this dance was presented to Sally Dee, Scottish country dance teacher. She founded the Salem Class of the RSCDS, known as the Wee Bluets, and has been a leading light for SCD in the Boston area. The dance was meant to express "timeless strength, beauty, and joy, like the Dee in Spring".

The River Dee is 70 miles long and travels through Wales and England forming part of the border between the two countries.

The River Dee Image
The River Dee

Image Copyright Nigel Chadwick under this Creative Commons Licence.

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