Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Eighty Eight

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Eighty Eight 8x32 bar Strathspey for 2 Couples Rod Downey They Stole My Wife From Me last Night Collection
A two couple, 32 bar Strathspey.

1-8 First couple dance a figure of eight around the second couple crossing down to begin.
9-16 Second couple dance a figure of eight around the first couple crossing up to begin.
17-18 First and second couples set to partners, taking hands on the sides.
19-20 First and second couples cross giving right hands.
21-22 Repeat 17-18 now on opposite sides.
23-24 First and second couples cross again right hand, finishing in the middle ready for...
25-32 First and second couples change places with an allemande.

Repeat having passed a couple.

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

Dance Information

This dance, Eighty Eight, was devised in February 2006 as a teaching dance to teach figures of eight.

A Strathspey was chosen to enable the dancers to dance through the correct places, and to help cement the phrasing.

Recommended music is a "Lady Marie Parker" (or other suitably strong Strathspey) which is traditional.

A suitable recording is "The Quaich" recorded by David South and his Band on the CD "The Southern Touch." I tried this as played AABB as the structure of the dance suggests, and it had mixed results. The musicians certainly found it difficult.

Published in They Stole My Wife From Me Last Night Collection.
Dance information from They Stole My Wife From Me Last Night Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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