Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Fain To Follow

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Fain to Follow
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
3/6x40 bar Strathspey
3-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   REEL OF 3: 1st couple and 2nd woman dance a diagonal reel of 3, starting with 1st woman cutting the reel by passing her partner by the RIGHT shoulder AS 2nd woman starts dancing up;

  9-16 TANDEM REEL OF 3: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 3 across the set starting with 1st man passing partner by the LEFT shoulder: 1st and 2nd women dance in tandem with 1st woman in the lead throughout the reel (N.B. 1st and 2nd women stay close throughout);

17-24 MIRROR REELS OF 3: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couple dance mirror reels of 3 on their own side joining nearer hands with partner wherever possible (start with 1st couple dancing in and down, 2nd couple out and up, and 3rd couple in and up);

25-28 DOWN MIDDLE: 1st couple followed by 2nd and 3rd couple lead down the middle;

29-32 UP MIDDLE: 3rd couple followed by 2nd and 1st couple lead up middle, 3rd couple casting to 3rd place on bar 32 AS 2nd couple casts into top place;
33-36 TEAPOTS: all dance 3-hands across on own side (men left hands, women right hands);
37-40 UP MIDDLE AND CAST: 1st couple followed by 3rd and 2nd couples dance up middle nearer hands joined and cast on own side (ending order 2nd 3rd, 1st).

Repeat twice for 3 x 40 bar Strathspey.

For 6 x 40 bar strathpspey, repeat dance but for 4th 5th and 6th repeats:
In Bars 1-8: 1st man cuts the reel with LEFT shoulder, &
in Bars 9-16 1st woman cuts the reel with RIGHT shoulder AS 1st and 2nd men dance in tandem.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

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