Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Sugar On Snow (McKinnell)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SUGAR ON SNOW (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Sue McKinnell

1- 8 1s+3s dance double Fig of 8 round 2s (1s cross down to start)
9-16 1s+2s dance the Bourrel:-
' 2M+1L set advancing, ¾ turn 2H and twirl to end BtoB (Lady facing up, Man down) while partners chase anticlockwise ¾ way,
' set to partners and turn 2H to own sides having changed places
17-24 1s dance Pass&Turn with 1st corners and pass RSh to face 2nd corners, dance Pass&Turn with 2nd corners 1s ending BtoB Man facing up between 2s and Lady down between 3s
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides (RSh to 2nd corner) and end crossing RH to 2nd places

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

Sugar On Snow by Sue McKinnell 8X32 Strathspey for 3C

1-8 1C and 3C dance double figures of eight, 1C crossing down between 2C and 3C casting up behind 2C to start.
9-16 1C and 2C dance the Bourrel. On the last two bars, 2C turn both hands to own sides as 1C turn both hands then away from each other to face 1st corners.
17-24 1C dance corners pass and turn with 1st corners, passing RS in the center to face 2nd corners to dance corners pass and turn with 2nd corners. On the last two bars, 1C pass RS to end 1W facing down between 3C and 1M facing up between 2C.
25-32 1C dance six-bar reels of 3 on opposite sides, passing 2nd corners RS to start. On the last two bars, 1C cross RH to own sides. On the second repetition of the dance, 1C dance down to 4th place as 4th couple cast up into the double figures of eight.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Mar 2005)

Dance Notes

Suggested music is The Expert Dancer from Campbell's Birl by Muriel Johnstone and Keith Smith.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

Dance Information

Also see the dance Sugar On Snow (Burrage) by Priscilla Burrage.

I grew up in northern Vermont and still remember a trip to the sugarhouse when I was small. A treat served there was sugar on snow - freshly boiled down maple syrup poured on clean snow.

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell.

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