Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Strathclyde Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE STRATHCLYDE STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4c Set Alasdair Brown Eglinton Collection
2 chords - on 2nd chord 3s and 4s cross to opposite sides

1- 8 2s+3s set and dance ½ RH across. 3s+2s set and dance ½ LH across and stay in middle to face corner dancer (e.g. 2L faces 1L)
9-16 All 4 couples dance quadruple reels of 4
2s+3s dance diagonal interlocking reels of 4 with corner positions (LH across ½ way in middle) while 1s (in 1st place) and 4s (in 4th place) dance reels of 4 across
To finish 2L+3M nearer hands joined facing partners in the middle of the set
17-20 2L+3M also 2M+3L set and link to finish nearer hands joined with partners, 2s facing up, 3s facing down
21-24 2s+3s set and link to finish in the sides
25-32 1s+3s also 2s+4s dance modified 2 couple Knots:
 25-26 1s and 3s turn RH into Allemande hold to finish between middle of the set and Men's side while 2s and 4s turn RH into Allemande hold but finish between the middle and Ladies side
 27-28 Top 2 couples dance down the Men's side and the bottom 2 couples dance up the Ladies' side to change ends
 29-32 All turn partner 1¼ LH. 24(1)(3)

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

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