Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Jenny Freeman's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

JENNY FREEMAN'S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Rod Downey Cane Toad Collection

1- 8 1L followed by partner cast round 2L Cross&Cast up round 2M back to places and 1s turn 2s RH
9-16 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across (1M+2L pass LSh to start) all end in original places
17-24 1s+2s turn RH on sides and set, 1s+2s circle 4H once round to Left, drop hands bar 24 to dance into original places
25-32 1s+2s dance The Rose:
   25-28 1M+2L set as 1L+2M change places RH, 1M+2L ½ turn 2H and remain in middle as 1L and 2M dance into partner's place
   29-32 1M+2L cast into each others place as 1L+2M ½ turn 2H, 1M and 2L dance into 2nd-1st places own side as 1L and 2M cast to right to new places

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


Jenny Freeman's Strathspey 8x32 bar Strathspey for 2 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A two couple, 32 bar strathspey.

1-6 First woman, followed by her partner, casts down round second woman, dances across the set below second couple, casts up round second man and dances across the set back to original place. First couple finish facing second couple. Second couple turn to face up on bar 6.
7-8 First and second men and first and second women turn with right hands once round. First woman and second man finish facing out.
9-16 First and second couples dance a reel of four across. First man and second woman pass by left shoulders while first woman dances down the women's side and second man dances up the men's side to begin. At the end of the reel first woman and second man pass by right shoulders to finish in original places.
17-18 First and second men and first and second women turn with right hands once round.
19-20 First and second couples set once with nearer hands joined on the sides.
21-24 First and second couples dance four hands round to the left. At the beginning of bar 24 all drop hands and dance on to finish in original places.
25-32 First and second couples dance 'The Rose' progression.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)

Dance Notes

The Rose Progression is a new progression.
25-26 First man and second woman set to each other while first woman and second man change places with right hands to finish facing out.
27-28 First man and second woman half turn with both hands to finish facing each other on the diagonal with hands joined
while
first woman dances up to first man's place and second man dances down to second woman's place.
29-30 First man and second woman cast to the right and dance out to the side-lines to finish in each other's place
while
first woman and second man half turn with both hands to finish facing each other on the diagonal with hands joined.
31-32 First man dances across to second man's place
while
second woman dances across to first woman's place
while
first woman and second man cast to the right and dance out to the side-lines to finish with first woman in second woman's place and second man in first man's place.

The movements should be danced in as round a shape as possible.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Rod Downey)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, Jenny Freeman's Strathspey was devised in Wellington during November, 1993.

Jenny is a good friend living in Wellington, New Zealand.

Recommended tune - "The Brig O' Bervie" played ABAB.

Suitable music is "The Birks Of Invermay" recorded by Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band on "Music For Twelve Scottish Country Dances Book 16" (RSCDS 47), side 1, track 2.



Published in The Cane Toad Collection.
Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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