Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Gentleman

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE GENTLEMAN (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Roz Scott Huxley 1986 RSCDS Book 35

1- 8 1s turn 2H and remain in middle facing each other as 2s step up, 1s+2s set (1s advancing and pass LSh to face opposite partner) and dance ½ reel of 4 across with 2s with 1s ending reel giving LH to face down on own side between 2s
9-16 1s dance down to end between 3s and face each other, 1s+3s set (1s advancing and pass LSh to face opposite partner) and ½ reel of 4 across with 3s 1s end giving LH to face up on own side between 3s
17-24 1s lead up to top, cross over and cast to 2nd place and ½ reels of 3 across (L with 2s and M with 3s)
25-32 2s+1s dance Diamond Poussette. 213

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


The Gentleman
Roz Scott Huxley   RSCDS Book 35
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s turn both hands WHILE 2s step up behind them;

  3-4   2s set WHILE 1s set advancing and pass giving left shoulder;

  5-8   2M1L1M2L half reel of 4 across, finishing 2s in 1st place, 1s turning by the left to face down on own sides;

  9-10 changing to nearer hands, 1s lead down to finish facing each other between 3s;

11-12 3s set WHILE 1s set advancing and pass giving left shoulder;

13-16 3M1L1M3L half reel of 4 across, finishing 3s in 3rd place, 1s turning by the left to face up on own sides;

17-20 retaining left hands, 1s cross up between 2s and cast to 2nd place on opposite sides;

21-24 2s1L 1M3s half reels of 3 across, finishing in 2nd place on own sides;

25-32 2s1s Strathspey Poussette:

25-25 2L 1M set advancing, giving left shoulder, to finish back-to-back on a diagonal line at right angles to the line joining their places at bar 24 WHILE 2M 1L (changing to the left foot) set advancing to face partners;

26-26 taking both hands, 2s 1s set to 2M's 1L's right, turning 16 on the third beat (2M 1L turning on the spot in their own side lines);

27-27 2s 1s set to 2M's 1L's left, finishing on the centre line;

28-28 1s 2s turn 56, finishing having almost exchanged places (from the end of bar 1);

29-30 repeat bars 26-27, 1s dancing as 2s, 2s as 1s;

31-31 2s 1s turn 23, finishing on the centre line between original places;

32-32 releasing hands, 2s 1s set retiring to places.

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


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This dance, The Gentleman, is a attributed to the deviser's father, Group Captain David Huxley who acted as Master of Ceremonies at St. Andrews Ceilidhs.

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