Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Michelle dePledge Of Preston

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Michelle dePledge of Preston
Barbara Taylor   Toronto
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   1s2s dance the knot, 1s finishing facing first corner;

  9-10 1s turn first corner halfway, finishing in first corner's position;

11-14 1s with first corners half diagonal reel of four, finishing in partner's first corner position and facing first corner;

15-16 1s turn first corner halfway, finishing facing partner's second corner;

17-24 1s repeat bars 9-16 with partner's second corner, finishing 3s2s on opposite sides, 1M between 3s in 1st position, 1L between 2s in 3rd position, all facing clockwise;

25-28 3M1M3L2L1L2M chase clockwise halfway;

29-32 1s turn both hands 1ΒΌ times, finishing 2s1s3s on own sides.

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


Dance Notes

  1-8   The deviser has specifically choreographed the drop to 4th place after the second repeat. In the 3rd, 5th and 7th repeats, the former 1s and the 3s (in 4th place) also dance the knot to exchange places.

11-14 Take care of the slightly counter-intuitive phrasing.


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Dance Information

Michelle dePledge of Preston is the wife of Scotch Mist band leader, Laird Brown; as a birthday present to her, he commissioned the dance from the deviser, Barbara Taylor, and composed the signature tune.

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