Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Miss Fiona MacRae Of Conchra

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Miss Fiona MacRae of Conchra
Mary Isdal MacNab   MacNab Dances, Vol 1
Strathspey   64 bars   6 Couple Repeat   6 Couple Set   Longwise Set
The couples are disposed in two, 3-couple longwise sets, side by side. When facing the music, dancers in the left side set have suffix L and the right side suffix R; where no suffix is shown, the two sets dance in unison.

  1-2   1L2M pass by the right, finishing facing first corner positions;

  3-4   2L step up WHILE 1L 2M turn first corners by the right, finishing 1M 3L in places, 1L facing down on the centre line above 2M facing up;

  5-8   1L2M pass by the left and cast clockwise to 2nd place on opposite sides;

  9-14 1M1L3M  2L2M3L reels of 3 on the sides, 1L  2M giving left shoulder to first corner to start;

15-16 2L cast WHILE 1L cross up WHILE 2M cross to finish all in original places;

17-18 all take hands on the sides, set and release hands;

19-20 all turn partner with both hands, finishing in 3-couple circular sets with Ls on partner's right in the order 1s3s2s;

21-24 all 6 hands round to the left, finishing with 1M3L releasing hands in each set and 1ML3LR  1MR3LL taking hands, 1ML3LR at the top;

25-28 all 12 hands round to the left, finishing with 1ML3LR releasing hands;

29-32 led by 3LR, all dance modified 12 hands round to the right to finish 1ML1LL2ML2LL3ML3LL1MR1LR2MR2LR3MR3LR in a line facing up, retaining nearer hand hold;

33-36 the left set, led by 1ML, dance clockwise under an arch made by 3s, finishing with 1ML in his starting position, 3ML facing down with right arm crossed over left and 3LL pulling left shoulder back to face down WHILE the right set, led by 3LR, dance anticlockwise under an arch made by 1s, finishing with 3LR in her starting position, 1LR facing down with left arm crossed over right and 1MR pulling right shoulder back to face down;

37-40 the left set, led by 1ML, dance clockwise under an arch made by 2L3M, finishing with 1ML in his starting position, 2LL facing down with right arm crossed over left WHILE the right set, led by 3LR, dance anticlockwise under an arch made by 1L2M, finishing with 3LR in her starting position, 2MR facing down with left arm crossed over right;

41-44 repeat bars 37-40 with arches made by 2s in each set, finishing with 1ML 3LR in their starting positions, 2ML 2LR facing down;

45-48 repeat bars 37-40 with arches made by 1LL2ML  2LR3MR, 1ML pulling right shoulder back, 3LR left to finish all facing down, retaining crossed arms;

49-51 all dance down, finishing with left set raising right arms, right set left arms;

52-52 all turn under the raised arms to finish facing up with nearer hands joined;

53-56 all dance up, retaining hold;

57-64 led by 1ML, all dance around the room and out.

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


Dance Notes

  1-16 1L2M are the dancing couple.

19-20 For each couple, the extent of the turn and the final position must be adjusted to create the 3-couple circular sets correctly.

21-24 The dancers (especially 3LR) in the right hand set must travel further in the 6 hands round to the left so that 1ML3LR  1MR3LL can easily take hands with 1ML3LR at the top, ready for 12 hands round.

31-32 The dancers (especially 1sL) in the left hand set must travel quickly to finish in the line facing up.

36-36 The dancers in the middle of the line (3LL 1MR) must be particularly agile to retain nearer hands joined while turning on the spot to finish facing down.


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Dance Information

Although this dance was published as Collected by Mary Isdal MacNab, there is a widespread belief that, like many others, it was largely devised by her.

Dance information by Rob Lockhart, All Rights Reserved, 2017.

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