Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Donau Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DONAU STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Kim Horne Budapest SCDs

1- 8 Bar 1 - 1M+3L advance for 2 and retire for 2 and stand for 4 bars while
Bar 3 - 2s advance for 2 and retire for 2 and stand for 2 bars while
Bar 5 - 1L+3M advance for 2 and retire for 2
9-16 1M dances across and dances down behind partner (who turns right about to follow him) in front of 2L, behind 3L and both dance up to 2nd place opposite sides
17-24 2s+1s dance ½ Ladies' Chain, 2s+1s dance ½ Men's Chain and 2s end with an extra turn to own sides
25-32 1s+2s+3s Promenade ending with 1s casting to 2nd place

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


The Donau Strathspey A 32 bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 4 couple set by Kim Horne

1-8 1C, 2C and 3C dance delaying Advance (2) and Retire (2) individually
1M and 3L - bars 1-4
2M and 2L - bars 3-6
3M and 1L - bars 5-8
9-16 1M dances across and around partner by right shoulder, (on bar 11) his partner following, in front of 2L, behind and around 3L and in the middle cross up to 2nd place on opposite sides. 2C step up bars 13-14
17-20 2C and 1C dances half Ladies' Chain
21-24 1C and 2C dances half Men's Chain, up and down, 1C and 2C retaining right hands and 2C extra turning, 1C and 2C face up while 3C join in for:
25-30 Three Couple Promenade (order 1C, 2C, 3C)
31-32 1C cast to 2nd places as 2C dance up to the top places

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Kim Horne, 2003)

Dance Notes

At the beginning bars 1-2 of the 3rd, 5th and 7th time, new 3L advances slightly upwards as her partner steps up.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Kim Horne, 2003)


Dance Information

This dance, The Donau Strathspey, was devised by Kim Horne in appreciation of hospitality given by the members of Budapest Scottish Dance Club on the occasion of International Scottish Country Dance Weekend in May, 2003.

The dance depicts:
Bars 1-8 The gentle waves of the Donau (Danube)
Bars 9-16 The river turning southwards at the Danube Bend, North of Budapest
Bars 17-24 The famous 'Chain Bridge' of Budapest spanning the Donau
Bars 25-32 Enjoyment of the Donau by everyone

Tune: Any suitable Strathspey.



Dance information by the deviser, Kim Horne.
Published in http://bstk.hu/en.htm
Dance information from A Reel Goulash 1, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances (2011), reproduced here with kind permission.

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