Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mary Helen's Big Day

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Mary Helen's Big Day 8x32 Reel for 3C by Sue McKinnell

1-8 ("5") 1C set, cross by the LH, cast to 2nd position, 2C stepping up, 1C turn by RH ¾ taking LH with 2nd corners to form a diagonal line across the dance.
9-16 ("0") 1C balance in line with 2nd corners; 1C set advancing to take LH with 1st corners to form a diagonal line across the dance; 1C and 1st corners balance in line; 1C turn by RH once round to end facing one another, then quickly turn over right shoulders to end 1W facing up between 2C, 1M facing down between 3C, taking hands and positioned as in double/crown triangles.
17-24 ("M") 1C dance double/crown triangles up and down the dance; on bars 23-24 1C petronella turn to 2nd place on opposite sides.
25-32 ("H") 1C dance reels on the sides of the dance, beginning with 1C passing LS with partner and 1W giving RS to 3W, 1M giving RS to 2M.


(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Aug 1999)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This reel, Mary Helen's Big Day, is a celebration of Mary Helen's special birthday, 30th Aug 1999.

Suggested music is Cobblestones from Encore by the Craigellachie Band.

(Dance information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

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