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The Glowerin' Coo

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THE GLOWERIN' COO (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Winter Collection 1988

1- 8 1s cross down to dance reflection reels of 3 on opposite sides 1s crossing down to start and end BtoB in 2nd place facing opposite sides
9-16 Set twice as in Double Triangles, turn 1st corners RH and end BtoB (in crown triangle positions Man facing 2s)
17-24 Set twice, turn 2nd corners RH and 1s end facing down in centre
25-32 1s dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place and 2s+1s+3s turn RH

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


Dance Notes

Bars 13-16: after the turns, 1s pass each other right shoulder (to end back to back).
Bars 21-24: after the turns, 1s pass each other right shoulder (to end side by side).

Dance Information

John Drewry devised this dance for Stanley Wilkie (1926-2017) who, in teaching double triangles, advised that the first couple should not resemble "coos glowerin' ower a dyke" (cows staring with wide-open eyes over a low dry-stone wall). An unforgettable image.

Stanley Wilkie was an energetic RSCDS Scroll recipient, teacher, examiner, adjudicator, and Edinburgh RSCDS demonstration dancer. He also devised Nickie Tams and the dance The Red Poppy for a team of dancers at the Remembrance Day Service in the Royal Albert Hall.

Glowerin' Coo Image
Coos Glowerin' Ower A Dyke


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Additional search terms: Glowering Cow.

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