Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Kirkmaiden Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

KIRKMAIDEN STRATHSPEY (S80) Sq.Set Muriel McSkimming Highlander Coll 1

1- 8 All Men dance anticlockwise round set while Ladies dance RH across and circle 4H round to left to face partner (Ladies BtoB)
9-16 All set, turn partner (1s/3s LH, 2s/4s RH), 1L+2L also 3L+4L dance out between partners, divide and dance round partner into 2 diagonal lines (Ladies in middle)
17-24 All couples rotate 1½ times into diagonal lines (Men in middle and Ladies facing in) and all set
25-32 All Adv&Ret 2 steps, turn partners 2H into Sq.Set and all set
33-40 All dance interlocking reels of 4 (pass partner RSh to start) and turn partner RH to Men in centre with partner facing anticlockwise
41-48 Men with partner on right wheel ½ way anticlockwise, all dance out Highland Schottische and back to centre
49-56 All wheel ½ way anticlockwise, all dance out Highland Schottische but Men only dance back to centre
57-64 Men dance LH across ½ way, turn opposite Lady 2H,dance LH across ½ way and turn partner 2H into Sq.Set
65-72 1M followed by 2L+2M+3L also 1L followed by 4M+4L+3M dance down and out through 3rd place, divide casting back to places and all set
73-80 All circle 8H round to left for 3 bars, 1st Man leads all into straight line and all Bow/Curtsey to honoured guest (or circle 8H round and back)

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

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