Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Summer Wedding

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Summer Wedding 40 bar Strathspey for 4 Couples Rod Downey The Johnsonville Collection
A four couple strathspey in a four couple set.

1-8 First and second couples dance the all round poussette.
9-16 First couple cross RH, cast off one place and dance a half figure of eight around the second couple above. Second couple step up on bars 3 and 4.
17-20 First and third couples dance the first 4 bars of a tourbillon. On bars 19 and 20 second and fourth couple should join in the setting.
21-22 Second and Fourth couple dance the first two bars of a tourbillon. Meanwhile, first and third couple dance a "sideline" modification of the tourbillon movement.
To wit:
   first couple dance about half a turn on the sidelines man releasing LH and lady RH to open out on the sideline with first man still in third lady's place, and first lady in fourth lady's place. Similarly for third couple to finish with third man in first man's place and third lady in second man's place.
The dancers will be in the following order from the top. On the men's side: 3M, 3L, 4L, 4M, and on the ladies' side, 2L, 2M, 1M, 1W.
23-24 All take hands on the sidelines and set.
25-28 All couples petronella in tandem and set. First and second couples will be traveling up to face down, and the others conversely. At the end of this, 1C and 3C will be back to back in the centre.
29-30 First and third couples turn two hands strongly once and second and fourth couples a two hand 12 turn, so that now all dancers are holding their partners with two hands and have their backs to their own side of the dance, in a line up the centre of the set in order 2C, 3C, 1C, 4C.
31-32 All hesitate momentarily (for covering, also) and cast to their own sides of the set, pulling back RS.
33-40 First and fourth couples dance The Knot.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)

Dance Notes

The first two figures were modified on 3 March 2015.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This dance, Summer Wedding, was devised on 8 February 2015, with help from Kristin.

The dance is for Joshua Baker and Sarah Kennedy, to commemorate their lovely wedding of January 10, 2015.

The tourbillon movement is due to Barry Priddey, and the half turn, hesitate, and cast away movement (with two hands) is due to Alec Hay.

The dance is vaguely symbolic, which is why it finishes with the knot.

Recommended music is "Link Him Doddie" (N. Gow) played ABABB which is the lead tune for "The Lovers' Knot", and a suitable 4 x 40 recording is by Jim MacLeod and his Band, "Music for Book 8" (LP).

Suitable alternative recorded music would include any reasonable recording of "The New Scotland Strathspey," such as that by Colin Dewar and his Band in "Special Requests Vol. 3".

Published in The Johnsonville Collection.
Dance information from The Johnsonville Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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