Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Perth Mirage

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Perth Mirage
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 1: The Sixpenny Reel
Strathspey   n x 32 bars   2 Threesome Repeat   2 Threesome Set   Progressive Round the Room Set
Line of 3 facing line of 3 as in The Dashing White Sergeant.

  1-8   SET AND WHEEL: all set twice and dance 3-hands across, centre person with two dancers on their right, ending with centres facing 1st corners (original right-hand corner);

  9-16 SET AND TURN CORNERS: centres set and turn 1st corner with both hands ¾ around ending between 1st corner and right-hand partner, then set advancing and turn 2nd corner (original left-hand corner) with both hands ending between corners;

17-24 REEL OF 3: centre people dance a reel of 3 with corners, starting by passing 1st corner by the left shoulder, at the end of the reel the corners dance a loop (centres end between corners);

25-28 ADVANCE AND RETIRE: Join nearer hands to advance, corners turn halfway round with both hands to retire with original partner;

29-32 THANKS AND ARCH PROGRESSION: all bow or curtsey to opposite line of 3 (2 bars), then centre people raise left arm to form an arch and corners switch ends through the arch centres turning around under arch to end facing next line of 3 (progression similar to that in Miss Nancy Arnott: RSCDS Book 32, #5).

Repeat with next line of 3.

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

Dance Notes

As with all dances having this format, the number of repeats is not fixed.
The three partners are not specifically men or women.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

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