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James Carter's Strathspey

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JAMES CARTER'S STRATHSPEY 3x40 Strathspey (3C set) Patrick Carter.

1 - 2 2nd and 3rd couples step up immediately as 1st couple dance down the middle to third place.
3 - 8 1st couple Set, cross over and cast up to second place on opposite side and finish facing up. (3rd couple step down on bars 7 - 8).
9 - 16 2nd, 1st, and 3rd couples dance Reflection Reels of Three on sidelines (To begin 1st couple dance in and up, as 2nd couple dance out and down and 3rd couple dance out and up)
17 - 20 1st couple Set advancing, to finish facing each with their back to their first corner, then giving right hands, change places, WHILE, 2nd and 3rd couples Set to their partner then cross giving right hands.
21 - 24 1st couple dance left shoulder dance round their partner's first corner to finish in second place on own side.
25 - 28 1st couple Set advancing, to finish facing each with their back to their partner's first corner, then giving right hands, change places, WHILE, 2nd and 3rd couples Set to their partner then cross giving right hands.
29 - 32 1st couple dance left shoulder dance round their first corner to finish in second place on opposite sides
33 - 36 1st lady with 2nd couple and 1st man with 2ed couple dance Left Hands Acoss once round with 1st couple finishing back-to-back in the middle 1st lady facing up and 1st man facing down
37 - 38 On the sidelines 2nd and 3rd ladies, ALSO, 2nd and 3rd men, giving right hands change places as 1st couple cast into second place on own side
29 - 40 3rd, 1st and 2nd couples, Set in order 3, 1, 2.

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Patrick Carter)


Dance Notes

Bars 9-16, Deviser wishes dancers to use highland travelling step in reel.

(Dance Notes compiled by the deviser, Patrick Carter)


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Dance Information

This dance, James Carter's Strathspey, was devised by Patrick Carter (CSCDS Inc.) for his father James who has been a great supporter and promoter of Scottish Country Dancing.

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