Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

La Triomphe

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

La Triomphe
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 7:
3 or 4 x 24 Reel
2-couple dance in 3 or 4-couple set

  1-8   DIAGONAL TURNS: 1st man and 2nd woman turn by the right, then 1st woman and 2nd man turn by the left once round and stay in the middle facing down with left hands joined;

  9-16 DOWN AND UP IN TRIUMPH: 1st woman and 2nd man lead down the middle and turn to face up AS 1st man crosses over through partner's place and cast down past 4th woman and dances in to give right hand to partner and left hand to 2nd man's right hand to make an arch over the 1st woman, then all three dance up the middle, 2nd man returning to place;

17-24 1ST COUPLE CROSS, CAST TO BOTTOM AND TULLOCH TURN: 1st couple cross by the right, cast to the bottom (2nd, 3rd, and 4th couples step up), and turn using the Tulloch turn.

Repeat with new top couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Instruction Videos

La Triomphe - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

This reel, La Triomphe, is believed to be an adaption of La Triomphe (The Triumph, The Dorset Triumph), a Scottish Country Dance transcribed by Thomas Wilson in 1809. This version was adapted by Maggie and Duncan Keppie in 2011.

According to "The Playford Assembly" it started its evolution from a dance published by Thompson in 1790.

It is a proper four couple longways dance (the crib sheet calls it a 2 couple dance in a four couple set, but couples 3 and 4 are involved in the progression).

(Dance information from La Triomphe Video On YouTube, reproduced here with the kind permission of George Williams)

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