Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Helen Rose's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Helen Rose's Strathspey
Keith Rose 2012
Strathspey 3 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 3 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross and cast;

  5-8   1s cross up into half figures of eight across, finishing in second place on own sides, facing in and down;

  9-16 2s1s3s mirror reels of three on own sides;

17-20 1s cross and cast;

21-24 1s cross up into half figures of eight across, finishing in third place on own sides, facing in;

25-32 2s3s1s 6 hands round and back.

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

Dance Notes

These instructions are identical to those for Helen's Reel, showing clearly that the Figures involved (and, by implication, many others) can be danced in either Strathspey or Quick Tempo.

  3-4   2s step up.

  9-16 Take hands with partner, but only briefly, whenever close enough in the reels.

    -16 2s 3s flow into places in the sidelines, first corners pulling left shoulder back, second corners right.

19-20 3s step up.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Instruction Videos

While there is no video of the dance, it can be seen performed in Reel Tempo in
Helen's Reel - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

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