Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

La Maestra

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LA MAESTRA (S4x32) 4C set Elizabeth Lee Barnes, May 2011

1-12 1s dance on own sides in front of 2s, behind 3s, round 4s, in front of 3s, behind 2s and back to place
13-16 1s+2s also 3s+ 4s dance ½ Poussette and turn to 1s+2s facing up, 3s+4s facing down. 21(3)(4)
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande (up) as 3s+4s dance Allemande (down) ending with all dancers curving right to original places. 1234
25-32 1s+2s dance RH across ½ way then 1s+3s dance LH across ½ way, 1s+4s dance RH across ½ way and all cross RH. 2341

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


Dance Information

This dance, La Maestra, was commissioned as a tribute to Sonja Horn (by Dale Horn) to recognise her leadership of the "Thistle Orchestra".

The deviser, Elizabeth Lee Barnes, is the founder of the annual Thistle School (USA), which offered classes and evening dances over a week to numerous Scottish country dancers over 39 years.

Thistle School of Scottish Country Dance was affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

The dance's representation of windmills at the end is a nod to The Netherlands, Sonja's native country.

Netherlands Windmills
Windmills At Kinderdijk, Netherlands


Image copyright Therealfacts2000 [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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