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GLAYVA (J8x32) 2C (4C set) John Drewry Canadian Book

1- 8 1s+2s dance ½ double Fig of 8, 1L+2L and 1M+2M turn on sides (Men LH Ladies RH)
9-16 1s+2s dance ½ double Fig of 8, 1L+2L and 1M+2M turn on sides (Men RH Ladies LH)
17-24 1s+2s dance RH across ending with dancers turning (individually) by the right to places and setting. 1234
25-32 1s+2s dance Espagnole: 1s+2s cross the set, (Ladies dancing RH joined, between Men), Ladies change places RH, 1s+2s cross back (Men dancing RH joined between Ladies) Men change places RH (1s+2s have now changed positions), 2s turn RH and 1s turn LH. 2 1

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

John Drewry Canadian Book
Jig 8 x 32 bars 2 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s half double figures of 8, 1s crossing down to start;

  5-8   1M2M turn by the left WHILE 1L2L turn by the right;

  9-16 repeat bars 1-8 from new places;

17-20 1s2s right hands across;

21-22 all turn by the right on the spot, finishing in original places;

23-24 1s2s set on the sides;

25-32 espagnole:

25-26 1M 2M cross WHILE 1L2L take right hands and cross to finish 2L1L on Mn's side;

27-28 2L 1L cross WHILE 1M2M take right hands and cross, finishing 2s1s on own sides;

29-32 2s turn by the right WHILE 1s turn by the left.

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

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Dance Information

This dance was devised by John Drewry in 1976 to celebrate Mary Prentice's birthday.

The recommended tune is Mary Prentice's Jig by Bobby Jack.

Glayva is a liqueur produced by Whyte and Mackay Ltd of Glasgow in Leith, Scotland. It is made from a blend of aged Scotch whiskies, anise, clove, herbs, heather honey, tangerine, other citrus fruits and almonds and has a deep gold colour.

"Glayva" is an anglicized spelling of "Glè mhath", which means "Very good" in Gaelic. It represents the Gaelic pronunciation quite accurately; following the phonetic representation used here, "Glè mhath" should be pronounced as "Glay vah" in English with the following conventions:
  "ay" is as in "bay"; and
  "ah" is as in "shah".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.


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