Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mary's Delight

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Mary's Delight
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
6/8x32 bar Strathspey
2-couple dance in 3, 4-couple longways set

  1-8   SET AND TURN: 1st couple set using the Glasgow Highlanders setting step, then turn each other with left hands 1½ times to end back-to-back in the middle facing 2nd couple who step up on bars 5-6;

  9-16 SPIN REEL OF 4: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 4: 1st couple spin* individually around to their left on the spot as they pass one another in the middle of the reel (2nd couple may also spin in the middle as they pass): on Bar 16, 1st couple turn each halfway round with left hands: end in same positions as at start of the reel but facing each other);

17-24 SET, DOWN MIDDLE, SET AND DANCE UP: 1st and 2nd couples set, then 1st couple followed by 2nd couple dance down the middle nearer hands joined (2 bars), set to partner, and dance up the middle (2nd couple ending in the top place);

25-32 DANCE UP, CAST, AND ½ FIGURE OF 8: 1st couple dance up through 2nd couple, divide and cast off one place, and dance ½ figure of 8 around 2nd couple ending in 2nd place on own side.

Repeat from 2nd place

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

Dance Notes

* Spin may be omitted OR all dancers may perform the spin in the middle.

Dance Information

This strathspey, Mary's Delight, was devised for Mary Packard, long time member of the Haliburton Scottish Country Dance Group, Ontario.

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