Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Red Squirrel (Collin)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Red Squirrel (Collin)
Gaye Collin   2018
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   Mirror reels of 3 on the sides, 1s dancing down with nearer hands joined to start;

  9-16 1s lead down and back, finishing facing out;

17-20 1s cast to 2nd place;

21-24 2s1s3s dos-à-dos;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

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


Dance Notes

  1-2   In the 3rd, 5th and 7th repeats, the former 1s step down WHILE 3s (in 4th place of the full set and with nearer hands joined) dance up quickly into the mirror reels of 3.

  1-8   All take nearer hands at every opportunity in the mirror reels of 3.

19-20 2s step up.

32-32 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 3s retain nearer hands joined on the centre line.


Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

Also see the dance Red Squirrel (Johnston) by John A Johnston.
Also see the dance Red Squirrel (Spägele-Föhrenbach) by Sybille Spägele.

Gaye Collin devised this dance to introduce some basic figures to Beginners in the Wellington area of New Zealand.

The red squirrel is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent common throughout Eurasia.

Red Squirrel Image
Red Squirrel


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