Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

H.A.D.

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

H.A.D. Anne Dejean
32-bar strathspey for two couples in a four-couple longwise set

1 - 8 1st and 2nd couples dance an espagnole.
9 - 16 1st couple (in second place) lead down the middle and up back to top to finish in the middle of the set facing down, 2nd couple setting down on bars 13-14 and stepping in on bars 15-16 to finish in the middle of the set facing up.
17 - 24 1st and 2nd couples dance the rondel.
25 - 32 2nd and 1st couples dance four hands once round to the left and flow into right hands across once round (without coming back to the sides on bar 28).

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Anne Dejean August 2021)


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H.A.D. stands for "hospitalisation à domicile", which means Hospital At Home.

I spent many days and weeks in hospital, but I also had the chance to be on a hospital at home programme for quite long periods, which was very nice! I really enjoyed being back home with my husband and two children, but still being as well taken care of as if I were in hospital. This department is very professional, the whole team is really great and includes a lovely and marvellous coordinating doctor and a fantastic psychologist.

It is a dance for advanced dancers to symbolise these experienced professionals. The slow strathspey time represents how they took the time to listen to me and to look after me in a very reassuring way, and is also meant to describe their sweetness. It's a two-couple dance (small number), because they treat patients in a very personalised way.

(Dance information with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean)



Published in The Remission Book collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.

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