Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Johnsonville Gold

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Johnsonville Gold 32 bar Strathspey for 3 Couples Rod Downey The Johnsonville Collection
A three couple strathspey in a three couple set.

1-2 Taking hands, all ladies set advancing to their partners who set back.
3-4 All the ladies cast left about back to place.
5-8 Repeat 1-4 this time with the men advancing and casting.
9-12 First couple dance with nearer hands joined between the second couple and cast up around the second couple back to place.
13-16 First couple dance with nearer hands joined between the third couple and cast up around the their couple back to second place, finishing facing up.
17-22 Second, first and third couple dance mirror reels of three. Begin by first couple dancing between the second couple, who dance out and down, and the third couple cast into the reels.
23-24 All take hands on the side and set.
25-32 First and third couple dance La Spirale.
   La Spirale is a new progression. (describe here for 1C and 2C)
   25-26 First and second couple dance ¾ of a two hand turn to finish in a line of 4 up and down, first man back to back with second lady.
   27-28 First man and second lady cast around each other (pulling back RS, beginning tightly and then opening out) to finish first man in second man's place and second lady in first lady's place, while first lady dances clockwise around the outside of the set to second lady's place and similarly second man to first man's place. (These dancers should not cast but dance straight onwards.)
   29-32 First and second couples turn their partners with two hands.

Repeat, from new positions.

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


Dance Notes

La Spirale is a new progression. (described here for 1C and 2C)

1-2 First and second couple dance ¾ of a two hand turn to finish in a line of 4 up and down, first man back to back with second lady.
3-4 First man and second lady cast around each other (pulling back RS, beginning tightly and then opening out) to finish first man in second man's place and second lady in first lady's place, while first lady dances clockwise around the outside of the set to second lady's place and similarly second man to first man's place. (These dancers should not cast but dance straight onwards.)
5-8 For this dance, 1C and 2C turn partners with 2 hands. (5-6) and, staying in the middle, cast back to place. (Full turn, hesitate and cast.)

Note that in La Spirale, the cast of 1M and 2W should be tight else the covering will be lost.

When teaching this formation, it is often helpful if the first lady retains right hand with first man's left momentarily at the beginning of bar 3, and similarly second man's right with second lady's left.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Rod Downey)


Dance Information

This dance, Johnsonville Gold, was devised on 25/8/2016, during Johnsonville's "golden anniversary" year.

This dance is a less vertigo inducing version of The Johnsonville Diamond.

Recommended music is the set used for the "The Slopes of Hlidarendi" by Bob McMurtry in the CD "The Devil's Quandary". (Specifically, "Hallgerd the Beautiful/A Rose By Any Other/Willow" all by Bob McMurtry, as played by D B Grosjean and A Imbrie.) Clearly that CD, track 3, is recommended.



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

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