Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Mermaid's Choice

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Mermaid's Choice
Gillian Jennings   Catherine de Barnes Collection 4
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   1s3s set and rotate WHILE 2s set and turn ¾ by the right, twice, finishing facing first corner positions;

  9-12 2s pass and turn with first corners and pass by the right to finish facing second corner positions;

13-16 2s pass and turn with second corners, all finishing 3s2s1s on own sides;

17-18 3s2s1s take hands on the sides and set;

19-20 3s2s right hands across halfway WHILE 1s cross by the right, finishing 2s3s1s on opposite sides;

21-22 2s3s1s take hands on the sides and set;

23-24 2s cross by the right WHILE 3s1s right hands across halfway, finishing 2s1s3s on own sides;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

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

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Muckle Flugga is a small rocky island north of Unst in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. It is often described as the northernmost point of the British Isles, but the smaller islet of Out Stack is actually farther north.
According to local folklore, Muckle Flugga and nearby Out Stack were formed when two giants, Herma and Saxa, fell in love with the same mermaid. They fought over her by throwing large rocks at each other, one of which became Muckle Flugga. To get rid of them, the mermaid offered to marry whichever one would follow her to the North Pole. They both followed her and drowned, as neither could swim.

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