Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Guise

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Guise
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 3: Corners
3 x 32 bar Strathspey
3-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   CAST, TURN, CAST TO LEFT: 1st couple cast off one place (2nd couple step up), turn each other once round with both hands, and cast to the left (1st woman up around 2nd woman, 1st man down around 3rd man);

  9-16 REELS OF 3 ACROSS: 1st woman with 2nd couple starting passing 2nd man by the right, 1st man with 3rd couple starting passing 3rd woman by the right, and ending in between 2nd and 3rd couples, respectively;

17-24 SET, PETRONELLA, SET, PETRONELLA: set in lines of three across the dance, 1st couple petronella to 2nd place opposite side, set in lines of three along the sides of the dance, 1st couple petronella (end with 1st man between 2nd couple, 1st woman between 3rd couple);

25-32 1ST'S TURN, DANCE UP AND CAST, CROSS UNDER AND TURN: 1st couple turn ¾ round with both hands, dance up and cast to 2nd place, turn with right hands raised (1st woman passing under raised hands) and continue turning into 3rd place on own side.

Repeat twice.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Information

"Guise" is Scots for "masquerade".

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