Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Helen's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HELEN'S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Eric Finley N Ayr 40th Anniversary Collection

1- 4 1M casts 2 places and dances in to face 3L while 1L dances across, casts 1 place to face 2L
5-12 1s dance RSh reels of 3 across (1L with 2s and 1M with 3s) ending in lines across facing down/up and all set
13-16 All circle 6H round to left to end all on opposite sides
17-20 1s set advancing (diag) and turn 2H
21-24 1s cast 2 places (M down, L up) behind Men/Ladies into middle while 3s+2s set and turn partner 2H to 3s facing up and 2s down
25-32 1s dance under arches made by 3s/2s to end 2nd place opposite side while 3s/2s dance up/down, all chase clockwise ½ way. 213

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

Dance Information

This strathspey was devised by Eric Finley, a member of North Ayrshire RSCDS in memory of Mrs Helen Cuthbertson.

Helen was for many years a very active member of the branch, including demonstration dances and teaching, as well as putting on "great wee dances throughout the year".

Pear, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Wild Pear, North Ayrshire, Scotland

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