Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Flora's Journey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Flora's Journey
Sara Gratiot   RSCDS San Francisco Branch, Asilomar Weekend 2016
Jig   4 x 40 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1st and 2nd couples, and 3rd and 4th couples, taking hands on the sides, advance and retire.

  5-8   1st and 2nd women, 1st and 2nd men, 3rd and 4th women, and 3rd and 4th men, facing each other on the sides, dance back to back.
Finish still facing up and down as in bar 5.

  9-16 All four couples dance reels of four on own sides of the set. To begin, 1st and 2nd couples and 3rd and 4th couples pass by the right.

17-20 1st and 2nd couples, taking hands on the sides, set and then dance right hands across halfway round.

21-24 1st and 3rd couples, taking hands on the sides, set and then dance left hands across halfway round.

25-28 1st and 4th couples, taking hands on the sides, set and then dance right hands across halfway round.

29-32 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 1st couples turn partners with the right hand halfway round to finish in the middle facing each other, then, pulling back right shoulder, all dance out to their own sides.

33-40 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 1st couples dance eight hands round and back.

(Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by the deviser, Sara Gratiot)


Dance Information

Suggested music: any good traditional jigs, such as "The Ferry," "The Muckin' O' Geordie's Byre," "The Hills of Glen Orchy," etc., played AABBB.

The deviser's great-great-great grandparents, Flora McAlpine Campbell and Donald Campbell, were natives of North Knapdale, Argyllshire, Scotland. With their children, they emigrated to Canada in 1821. On the voyage, Donald died and was buried at sea. Flora and her children settled in Elgin County, Ontario, at the small village of Eagle, near New Glasgow.



Dance Information by the deviser, Sara Gratiot.

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