Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Spring In Helensburgh

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SPRING IN HELENSBURGH (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Brian Charlton

1- 8 1s set, cast 2 places, cross RSh and cast up to 2nd place opposite sides (2s step up 7-8)
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance mirror reels of 3 on sides, 1L+2M pass LSh, 1s dancing in/up, 2s out/down to start. 2s and 3s dance loops at end of reel ready for...
17-24 Reels of 3 across, 1L+3s (1L LSh to 3L) and 1M+2s (1M LSh to 2M). Bars 23-24 1s approach each other, pull back RSh to face 1st corners
25-36 1s dance 12 bars of "Dance to Each Corner and Set":-
' 25-26 1s change places with 1st corners passing RSh and 1st corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right in centre to face 2nd corners (as 2nd corners set)
' 27-28 Original 1st corners change places with 2nd corners passing RSh and 2nd corners pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 1s in 3rd corners (pstn) as 1s set
' 29-30 Original 2nd corners change places with 1s passing RSh and 1s pass RSh with a ¼ turn to right to face 2nd corner (pstn) as original 1st corners set
' 31-36 Repeat 25-30 until 1s back in middle and 2s+3s have progressed ½ round set
37-40 1s turn RH to 2nd place own side while 2s+3s dance clockwise ½ way round set. 2134

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


Dance Notes

'Dance to each Corner and Set' is also known as Courage Reels.
Spring in Helensburgh A 40 Bar Reel for 3 Couples in a 4 couple longwise set.

1 - 8 First couple set to each other and cast off two places, pass each other by the right shoulder below third couple and cast up to second place on opposite sides. Second couple step up on bars 7-8.
9 - 16 First lady giving left shoulder to second man and first man giving right shoulder to second lady, second, first and third couples dance reels of three on the side lines.
Second and third couples curve round from the reel on the side to the reel across the dance.
Note: it is suggested that first couple finish these reels by approaching the centre of the set in preparation for the reels across the dance.
17 - 24 First lady giving left shoulder to third lady dances a reel of three across the dance with the third couple while first man giving left shoulder to second man dances a reel of three across the dance with the second couple. On bars 23-34, first couple approach one another and pull their right shoulders back to finish facing first corners. Second and third couples curve into place.
25 - 36 First, second and third couples dance the movement "dance to corners and set" (Courage Reels), starting with first couple passing their first corners with the right shoulder while second corners set, until first couple meet again in the middle and second and third couples have progressed half-way round the set.
37 - 40 First couple turn with the right hand to finish in second place WHILE second and third couples dance clockwise half-way round the set to finish in first and third places.
First couple repeat from second place.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton, April 1991)


Dance Notes

The movement "Dance to Corners and Set" is danced as described in the Courage Reel by John Drewry in the Canadian Book of dances.

Dance to Corners and Set.
1 - 2 1st couple dance out to first corner positions, passing their corners by the right. First corners dance in, passing 1st couple by the right, then pass one another in the centre of the dance by the right to face the next corner position round the set anticlockwise. Second corners set facing one another diagonally across the set.
3 - 4 1st couple set in first corner positions, facing one another diagonally. First corners dance out to first corner positions (i.e. 3rd lady to top lady's place, and 2nd man to 3rd man's place) passing second corners by the right. Second corners dance in passing first corners by the right, then pass one another by the right to face the next corner round the set anticlockwise.
5 - 6 1st couple dance in, passing their partner's second corners by the right, then pass one another by the right to face the next corner positions. First corners set, facing one another diagonally across the set. Second corners dance out to the next corner positions, passing 1st couple by the right.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Brian Charlton)


Dance Information

First danced at the Helensburgh Scottish Country Dancing Club Spring Social, (1st weekend in September) 1991.

The Helensburgh after which this dance is named is in Australia, between Sydney and Wollongong and is the most northerly suburb of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

Recommended Music: A suitable recording is 'Captain Mackintosh' played by Muriel Johnstone's Band.



Dance Information by the deviser, Brian Charlton.

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