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Scotch Mist

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SCOTCH MIST (S5x32) 5C set John Drewry Summer Collection 9

1- 4 1s and 3s cross RH and cast down 1 place, dance into centre Men facing up, Ladies down
5- 8 1st Man with 2s, 1st Lady and 3rd Man with 4s, 3rd Lady with 5s, all circle left and 1s and 3s end facing 2nd corners
9-12 Dance Pass&Turn with 2nd corners, 1s and 3s turn partners RH to face 1st corners
13-16 Dance Pass&Turn with 1st corners, 1s and 3s turn partners RH to end in centre Ladies facing up and Men down
17-24 1s+3s dance reel of 4 in up/down middle, (1s end in 2nd place, 3s in 4th place both on opposite sides)
25-28 1st Lady with 2s, 1st Man and 3rd Lady with 4s, 3rd Man with 5s, all dance RH across once round, 1s and 3s ending where they began the reel, in middle Man above Lady
29-32 1s and 3s ¾ turn partners RH and cast down on own sides to 3rd and 5th places. 24153

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Scotch Mist
John Drewry   Summer Collection
Strathspey   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s 3s cross and cast;

  5-8   2s1M three hands round to the left WHILE 1L4s3M four hands round to the left WHILE 3L5s three hands round to the left;

  9-10 1s 3s pass and turn with 2nd corners (1M 1L 3M 3L pass corners giving right shoulder and cast to the right, finishing in the centre of the dance WHILE corners turn by the right quickly back to places);

11-12 1s 3s turn by the right to face first corners;

13-14 1s 3s pass and turn with 1st corners;

15-16 1s 3s turn halfway by the right to finish 1M1L3M3L on the centre line;

17-24 1s 3s reel of 4 up and down and pass partners by the right;

25-28 2s1L 1M4s3L 3M5s right hands across;

29-32 1s 3s turn by the right and cast, finishing 2s4s1s5s3s.

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

Dance Notes

  9-     Second corners must move quickly at the start.

13-     First corners must move quickly at the start.

    -24 In the original instructions, 1s 3s should dance out to the side lines before the right hands across; staying nearer the centre line improves the flow into the right hands across.

    -28 1s 3s have ample time to reach the side lines before starting the right turns.

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Scotch Mist is the term given to a light, steady drizzle, the name being typical of the Scottish penchant for understatement.

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Scotch Mist Over The Path In Bealach Dubh Beneath Sgòr Iutharn

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