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Margaret Parker's Strathspey

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MARGARET PARKER'S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry RSCDS Book 31

1- 8 1s cross below 2s and cast down behind 3s, dance up, 1L dances LH across with 2M+3M and 1M dances RH with 2L+3L
9-16 1M+2L also 1L+2M continue to turn until 1s are in 2nd place, 1s ¾ turn 2H (to end Man above 2s and Lady above 3s), 1M+2s also 1L+3s dance 3H round to left to end in lines of 3 across
17-24 Both lines dance down, all turning right about, dance back and end with top line turning to face 1L+3s
25-32 2s+1s+3s set and change places RH with person opposite, set, 1s cast into 2nd place while 2s and 3s change places RH with opposite person. 213

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

Margaret Parker's Strathspey
John Drewry RSCDS Book 31
Strathspey 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross down below 2s, cast round 3s and lead up to 2nd place in the centre;

  5-8   2M1L3M left hands across WHILE 2L1M3L right hands across, 3s finishing in original places;

  9-10 2M1L turn by the left WHILE 2L1M turn by the right, finishing with 1s on opposite sides in 2nd place;

11-12 1s turn both hands ¾, moving up the dance to finish in the centre facing down, 1M above 2s, 1L above 3s, with 2s and 3s facing up;

13-16 1M2s 1L3s 3 hands round to the left, finishing 2M1M2L 3M1L3L in lines across, facing down;

17-24 2M1M2L 3M1L3L lead down and up, finishing 2M1M2L facing down, 3M1L3L facing up;

25-26 all set;

27-28 2M3M 1M1L 2L3L cross by the right up and down;

29-30 all set;

31-32 2M3M 2L3L cross by the right up and down WHILE 1M cast up, 1L cast down, to 2nd place.

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

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This dance, Margaret Parker's Strathspey, was written in 1982 for Margaret Parker, MBE, on her election as Chairman of the RSCDS.

The tune is Prince Albert's Strathspey (Middleton).

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