Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Royal Gordon

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Royal Gordon
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 10: Gordon Reels
8x32 bar Reel
3-couple dance in 4-couple longways set

  1-2   MEN BETWEEN WOMEN: 1st and 2nd men nearer hands joined dance between 1st and 2nd women who dance across to partner's places;

  3-4   WOMEN BETWEEN MEN: 1st and 2nd men cast back towards own side AS 1st and 2nd women join nearer hands and dance between men offering partner other hand in passing;

  5-8   TURN: 1st and 2nd couples turn partner 1ΒΌ times: end by turning women under men's arm into Gordon Hold, 1st couple facing 2nd couple: 3rd couple steps in Gordon Hold;

  9-16 GORDON REEL OF 3: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance Gordon Reel of 3 turning as in Gay Gordons at each end of the reel, ending with 1st couple facing 2nd couple in Gordon Hold, 3rd couple in original places;

17-24 KEPPOCK: advance and retire using modified Pas de Basque (2 bars) (Bar 1: Beat 1: advance onto right foot in 4th intermediate position, Beat 2: beat left foot in rear 3rd position, Beat 3: step onto right foot in 3rd position, Beat 4: extend left foot into 4th intermediate rear aerial position; Bar 2: retire with regular Pas de Basque), pass opposite couple by the left shoulder using Skip Change of Step, end back-to-back with them (2 bars), and dropping front hands turn partner once around to end 1st couple on own side in 2nd place facing out;

25-32 CAST, CROSS AND CAST: 1st woman casts up round 2nd woman AS 1st man casts down around 3rd man, pass each other with left hands, 1st woman dances down between 3rd couple and cast up around 3rd woman to 2nd place on own side AS 1st man dances up between 2nd couple and casts around 2nd man to 2nd place on own side.

Repeat from 2nd place.

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

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