Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The St Machar Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE ST MACHAR STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry 2003

1- 8 1s+2s+3s ½ turn partner RH, pull back RSh (twirl), dance out to partner's place; Men face down, Ladies up and all chase clockwise ½ round to own sides. 3L and 1M face out
9-12 3L dances behind 2L and across to 3M place, pulls back RSh to face in as 1M dances similarly up behind 2M into 1L place while
1L+3M turn 1½ with 2H to just in front of partner's place facing in
13-16 1s+3s turn partners 1½ times 2H ending in middle nearer hands joined, 1s in 1st place facing down, 3s in 3rd place facing up
17-24 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round and back finishing on sides
25-32 1s+2s set, turn partners 2H staying in middle facing down nearer hands joined; 2s followed by 1s dance down below 3s and cast up on own sides. 213
Note: End of 2nd time 1s can dance to 4th place (4s step up) or turn 4s 2H to end in 4th place

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


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