Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Milngavie Circle

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Milngavie Circle
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 7: Around A Dozen
32 bar Strathspey
One Circle of couples, women on right of partner

  1-8   SET, CIRCLE, TURN AND CIRCLE: All set nearer hands joined in a circle (2 bars), circle left (2 bars), turn partner once round with both hands (2 bars), and circle left (2 bars);

  9-12 ADVANCE, RETIRE AND LINK: All advance towards centre nearer hands joined with partner (1 bar), retire (1 bar), and link;

13-16 BACK-TO-BACK; All dance back-to-back with partner;

17-20 ADVANCE, RETIRE AND LINK: Advance and retire nearer hands joined with partner, and link;

21-24 TURN PARTNER: Turn partner 1ΒΌ times with right hand ending in allemande hold;

25-32 ALLEMANDE: Allemande partner diagonally out and anticlockwise around room turning to face the centre at the end of bar 28 (4 bars), dance into the centre and turn the women under to face partner (2 bars), then the men set AS the women dance forward to the next man to reform the circle (the women ending on the left of their original partner ready to repeat the dance with a new partner who is now on their left).

Repeat with new partner.

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

Dance Information

This strathspey, Milngavie (pronounced "mill-guy", or locally "mull-guy" with the accent on the second syllable) Circle, was devised in memory of Alex Wright who on arrival in Glasgow was looking for the bus to Mullguy but to no avail, until someone told him how it was spelt: Milngavie! The origin of the town's name is 'Mill O, Guy'.


Dance information by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie.
Image copyright Stephen McKay under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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