Scottish Country Dance Instruction
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Gaelic College SCD Book 7: Around A Dozen
Strathspey n x 32 bars n Couple Repeat n Couple Set Progressive Large Circular Set
One Circle of couples, women on right of partner
1-8 SET TWICE AND TURN: Set twice to partner turn once around with both hands;
9-16 CIRCLE: Circle and back;
17-24 ROUND PARTNER: women dance around partner, then men dance round partner;
25-28 PROMENADE: promenade partner anticlockwise around the circle, ending facing partner and men with their backs to the centre;
29-32 SET AND TURN: set to partner and turn 1¼ times around with both hands to end facing next person (women progress clockwise AS men progress anticlockwise).
Repeat with new partner.
(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)
If numbers are too great for a single large circle, it may be danced with concentric circles, the inner one(s) having appropriately fewer couples.
(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)
"Suas E!" is the title of an album of Gaelic songs by the Canadian singer, Mary Jane Lamond; it means "Up with it!" and should be pronounced as "Ssoo~ss e!" in English with stress on the first syllable of "Suas" and the following conventions:
"ss" is as in "less";
"oo" is as in "boot";
"~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound; and
"e" is as in "bet".
See Gaelic Dance Names
for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
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