Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Graceful Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Graceful Strathspey (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1986

1-8 While the 1st and 2nd couples dance a full double figure of eight across (1st couple crossing down, 2nd couple casting up to begin) the 3rd couple advance and retire twice (four bars) then giving both hands turn one another twice round (four bars) ending facing up with nearer hands joined
9-16 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance mirror image reels of three on the sidelines, giving nearer hands whenever possible, the 1st couple dancing in and down, the 2nd couple out and down and the 3rd couple in and up to begin
17-24 While the 1st couple advance and retire twice (four bars) then giving both hands turn one another twice round (four bars) ending facing down with nearer hands joined, the 2nd and 3rd couples dance a full double figure of eight across (2nd couple dancing out and down, 3rd couple crossing up to begin). At the end of the figure of eight the 2nd woman crosses up in front of her partner and they take nearer hands facing up in 2nd place
25-32 The 1st and 2nd couples change places with a rondel

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Notes

On the second repetition, instead of dancing out to the sidelines in third place at the end of the rondel, the 1st couple dance to the bottom of the set (own sides) while the 4th couple step up ready to begin.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, The Graceful Strathspey, was devised for Grace Walker to celebrate her twenty-first birthday.

Suggested tune: Kind Robin.

Devised June 1986; first published 1987; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1986, 1987, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.

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Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 1, The McGhie's Fancy and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Image copyright (cropped) Dawn Huczek from USA / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

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