Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Summer With McKinnon

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Summer With McKinnon 8x32 bar Strathspey for 3 Couples Rod Downey They Stole My Wife From Me last Night Collection

1-2 First Couple set.
3-4 First couple cast off into second place, second couple step up.
5-6 First couple set.
7-8 First couple turn with two hands in the centre of the set, so that they finish facing each other with their backs towards first corners. They will be ready to cast into...
9-16 First couple dance half corners pass and twirl. At the end first couple finish back to back (passing left shoulder) in the middle facing first corners, who will be in partner's first corner positions.
17-24 First couple set to and turn corners. Note that this will be on opposite sides from usual. First couples finish in sidelines between corners facing diagonally lady up and man down.
25-32 First couple dance diagonal half rights and lefts, lady up and man down.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

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

Dance Notes

(Half) Corners Pass And Twirl This is a new formation.

It begins with first couple facing first corners. (For this dance, actually with backs to first corners!)

1-2 First couple dance curving (for this dance cast) out to first corners positions.
This should be done in a curve. First couple should finish facing in.
Meanwhile, First corners dance in giving two hands turning half way round.
At this stage, all will be in a line of four, fist corners with two hands momentarily paused, and first couple ready to dance, curving inward.
3-4 First corners cast into opposite corners position (that is, third lady into "first man's position" and second man into "third lady's position").
Meanwhile First couple curve in and turn about 34 two hands to finish facing (each other) with backs to second corners. This is quite a strong turn for the first couple.
5-8 First couple cast to repeat 1-4 with second corners.

For Corners Pass And Twirl the first couple would repeat 1-8 but now the corners would be on opposite diagonal positions.
(Thus at the end of 8 first couple would have turned two hands half way and have their backs to first corners who are now in partner's first corner positions.
On 9-12 first couple would cast to their third corner positions, etc.)

(Dance notes by the deviser, Rod Downey)

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Dance Information

This strathspey, Summer With McKinnon, was devised in November, 2004 in Wellington.

Recommended music "Summer with McKinnon" played ABAB.

Alternative music would be "Peggy's Love", as per the CD "Memory Lane", with a recording of Stan Hamilton.

(Dance information from They Stole My Wife From Me Last Night Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey)

Published in They Stole My Wife From Me Last Night Collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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