Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Merci Sophie!

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Merci Sophie! Anne Dejean
64-bar medley of alternating 32-bar strathspey and 32-bar jig for two couples in a three-couple longwise set

1 - 4 1st and 2nd couples dance four hands once round to the left.
5 - 8 1st man and 2nd woman dance on clockwise to exchange places.
9 - 12 1st and 2nd couples dance left hands across once round.
13 - 16 1st woman and 2nd man dance on anticlockwise to exchange places.
17 - 24 2nd and 1st couples dance a diagonal reel of four on the first diagonal, 2nd man and 1st woman passing left shoulder in the middle to begin and dancing a loop at the end.
25 - 28 2nd and 1st couples set and dance a petronella turn into the middle to finish men facing down, women facing up.
29 - 32 2nd and 1st couples set and, giving right hands, turn three quarters to finish on own sides.

Repeat, having passed a couple, each 1st couple dancing first as strathspey and then as jig.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Anne Dejean November 2021)

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This medley, Merci Sophie!, was devised for Sophie Marchand, founder, teacher and head of Méaudre Reel in Vercors.

She has been teaching and filming all the dances in this book, and each time it was such a great pleasure for me to discover how the dances I devised had turned out when I watched the videos. They often arrived just in time to cheer me up, when I was having a hard time at hospital or even at home.

I want to thank her very warmly for that, as well as all the Méaudre Reel and Chardon du Dauphiné dancers who followed her to make my dances come alive. Keeping in contact with SCD and dancers helped me a lot.

(Dance information with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean)

Published in The Remission Book collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.

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