Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Pauline Cathcart's Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PAULINE CATHCART'S STRATHSPEY (32 bar strathspey for 3 couples) Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Delft Book Of Scottish Country Dances

1-8 1st couple turn right hand, cast off one place, while 2nd couple step up, turn left hand to finish facing 1st corner.
9-16 1st couple dance "corners pass and turn" with 1st corners; repeat with 2nd corners and finish in 2nd place.
17 2nd couple (in top place) advance one step.
18 2nd couple retire one step while 1st couple advance one.
19 1st couple retire one step while 3rd couple advance one.
20 3rd couple retire one step.
21-24 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples cast (pulling right shoulder back) and continue six hands round to the left halfway.
25-30 1st couple cross right hand, then 2nd lady cross right hand with 3rd man, and 3rd lady cross right hand with 2nd man.
31-32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples all set.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Hague, 1990)

Dance Notes

Corners pass and turn:
1st couple change places with 1st corners (without giving hands) passing right shoulder, 1st couple dance round 1st corner's place back into the middle and turn partner right hand to finish facing 2nd corners - while 1st corners turn each other right hand once round and dance back to places. 1st couple repeat previous 4 bars with 2nd corners.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters)

Dance Information

Dance devised for Pauline Cathcart on the occasion of her departure to Argentina.

Music composed by Muriel A. Johnstone.

(Dance information by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters)

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