Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Knot Again

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Knot Again
Gayle Frisa   2015
Medley   4 x (S32 + R32) bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set
Strathspey:

  1-8   1s2s dance the knot, finishing 2s1s3s4s;

  9-16 1L cross up into figure of 8 across around 2s WHILE 1M cross down into figure of 8 across around 3s;

17-24 1s3s rights and lefts;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

Reel:

33-40 1s3s dance the knot, finishing 2s3s1s4s;

41-48 1L cross up into figure of 8 across around 3s WHILE 1M cross down into figure of 8 across around 4s;

49-56 1s4s rights and lefts;

57-64 3s1s4s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

This dance could be perceived as having the 3-couple in a 4-couple set format with the odd-numbered repeats danced in strathspey tempo and the even-numbered in reel tempo. However, treating it as a 4-couple in a 4-couple set format is more explicit in that the dancers' numbers in the active set remain the same throughout the 64 bars.
Note that the dance can, alternatively, be performed wholly in strathspey or wholly in reel tempo.

  1-8   In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th repeats, the former 1s (now in 3rd place) dance the knot with 4s. This is a neat way to drop the former 1s to 4th place of the full set and provides a good opportunity for elegant covering in the two knot figures.

57-64 In the final repeat, 2s3s1s4s dance 8 hands round and back.

The deviser's suggested music is:
Inverness Highland Ball on Colin Dewar's Ruthven Collection Vol 2 CD or
The Anniversary on Bobby Frew Four's The Edinburgh Castle Reel CD.


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