Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lucy Helen's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LUCY HELEN'S STRATHSPEY (S3x32) 3C set Helen M Jennison Rose and Thistle

1- 8 1s lead down the middle for 2 steps, set, lead up to top, Cross&Cast to 2nd place
9-16 1s dance RH across (Man with 2s and Lady with 3s), 1s pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple, end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s set and turn 1st corners 2H, set and turn 2nd corners
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides (LSh to 1st corners to start) ending with 1s crossing LH to 3rd place as 3s dance up

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


Lucy Helen's Strathspey
Helen M Jennison   Rose and Thistle
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s lead down the middle, finishing facing each other;

  3-4   1s set;

  5-6   1s cross up, finishing in 1st place facing out;

  7-8   1s cast to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 2s step up;

  9-12 2s1M 1L3s right hands across, 1s finishing by passing by the right;

13-16 2s1L 1M3s left hands across, 1s finishing facing first corners;

17-20 1s set to and turn first corners;

21-24 1s set to and turn second corners, finishing facing first corners;

25-30 reels of 3 on the sides, 1s giving left shoulder to first corners to start;

31-32 1s cross down by the left to 3rd place on own sides WHILE 3s dance up to 2nd place.

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


Dance Notes

  5-6   Taking left hands is much more graceful.

25-30 6 bars only for the reel.

31-32 "Dance" must not be interpreted as "lead with nearer hands joined"; 3s dance up on own sides, individually, as though continuing the reel.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams



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