Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gillian's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

GILLIAN'S STRATHSPEY (S4x40) 4C set Gordon Thomson Gordons Dance Book 1

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance Diamond Poussette
9-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s set and Petronella-in-tandem 1 place (1s+3s on Men's side and 2s+4s on Ladies), all dance ½ reels of 4 on sides
17-24 Repeat bars 9-12 but set across the set and Petronella-in-tandem to end on sides, all dance ½ reels of 4 on sides (back to original places)
25-32 1s+2s cross RH and dance ½ RH across, 1s+3s cross RH and dance ½ RH across
33-40 1s+4s dance Espagnole:
   33-34 1s+4s cross (Ladies lead across RH passing between Men) with Ladies changing places RH
   35-36 1s+4s cross back (Men lead across RH between Ladies) with Men changing places RH
   37-40 4s turn RH as 1s turn LH

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, Gillian's Strathspey, was devised by Gordon Thomson for Gillian Barella who taught classes in Nacton, East Suffolk (between the towns of Ipswich and Felixstowe).

Gordon danced in Suffolk and surrounding areas before he retired.



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