Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Saturday Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Saturday Strathspey (S8x24) 2C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1987
1-2 The 1st woman and 2nd man set to one another on the diagonal
3-4 Giving right hands to partners, the 1st and 2nd couples cross over
5-6 The 1st man and 2nd woman set to one another on the diagonal
7-8 The 1st and 2nd couples turn partners three quarters round by the right hand to end in a line in the centre, the men facing down and the women facing up
9-12 Passing right shoulders with partners to begin, the 1st and 2nd couples dance half a reel of four up and down the centre, ending with the men facing up and the women facing down
13-16 The 2nd and 1st couples turn partners one and a quarter times round by the right hand to end on their own sides having changed places
17-24 The 2nd and 1st couples dance four hands round to the left and back

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Notes

Bars 7-16 are a modified and inverted half-reel progression.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Dance Information

This dance, The Saturday Strathspey, was devised for Reading St Andrews Junior Scottish Dancers.

Suggested tune: Sally Woodward's Strathspey (Ray Milbourne).

Devised November 1987; first published 1988; republished electronically .

Copyright 1987, 1988, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 3, Peggy Mcghie's Reel And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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