Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Emma's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Emma's Strathspey
Trudy Roughgarden  
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s set and link for 2 on the sides, 1M finishing facing out;

  5-8   2s1s3s half reels of 3 on the sides, 1s giving left shoulder to start;

  9-16 3s1s2s dance the knot for 3 couples, finishing 2s1s3s, Mn facing down, Ls up;

17-20 all chase anticlockwise halfway around the set, finishing 3s1s2s on opposite sides;

21-24 1L cross down, 1M up, into half figures of 8 across, finishing in the centre of the set, left shoulder to left shoulder, facing first corner positions;

25-28 1s dance half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners, finishing by passing right shoulder to face second corner positions;

29-32 1s dance half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners and pass right shoulder, finishing 2s1s3s on own sides.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

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Trudy Roughgarden devised the dance and also composed the lead tune, both in honour of her daughter-in-law, formerly Emma Dickson; she has generously made the sheet music available as Emma's Strathspey - Violin Score and Emma's Strathspey - Piano Score.

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