Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Fiona Stapleton's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Fiona Stapleton's Strathspey (S4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 2010

1–8 The 1st and 2nd couples and the 3rd and 4th couples dance double figures of eight across the dance, to begin the 1st and 4th couples cast off and up, respectively, while the 2nd and 3rd couples cross up and down, respectively, no hands are given
9–10 The 1st couple cast off one and the 4th couple cast up one while the 2nd and 3rd couples dance up one and down one, respectively, on own sides to top and bottom places, ending 2143
11–12 Giving both hands, the 1st and 4th couples turn partners three quarters round to end in a line in the middle of the set (women facing down, men up)
13–16 Passing right shoulders to begin, the 1st and 4th couples dance half a reel of four to end in a line in the middle of the set (men facing down, women up)
17–20 The 4th and 1st couples turn partners with both hands one and three-quarters round to end on own sides in the middle with nearer hands joined, the 4th couple facing up and the 1st couple facing down
21–24 The 4th couple dance up one, divide and cast off one while the 1st couple dance down one, divide and cast up one, ending 2413 with the 4th couple facing down and the 1st couple facing up on sidelines
25–32 All four couples dance a grand chain, to begin the 2nd and 3rd couples cross right hands while the 4th and 1st couples pass right hands on sides

Repeat three more times from new positions each time

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, Fiona Stapleton's Strathspey, was devised for Fiona Stapleton, my academic sister.

Suggested tune: North of the Grampians (Capt. Simon Fraser).

Devised 2010, revised 2020, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 2010, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #12, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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