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The Swan And The Tay

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE SWAN AND THE TAY (S3x32) 3C set Audrey Saunders Perth 800

1- 8 1s dance Figs 8 own sides dancing in and down to start (giving hands where possible)
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides (joining hands where possible) and 1s end facing 1st corners as 2s end in 1st place
17-20 1s dance Pass&Turn with 1st corners, pass right shoulder at bar 20 to face 2nd corners
21-24 1s dance corners Pass&Turn with 2nd corners. pass RSh on bar 24 to end 2nd place own sides
25-32 All set and cross RH, all chase clockwise ½ way to own sides

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


The Swan and The Tay
Audrey Saunders   Scottish Country Dances for Perth 800
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   Taking nearer hands, briefly, 1s lead down into mirror figures of 8 on own sides;

  9-16 taking right hands, 1s cross down into mirror reels of 3 on opposite sides, 2s finishing in 1st place, 1s facing first corners;

17-20 1s pass and turn with first corners and pass right shoulder to finish facing second corners;

21-24 1s pass and turn with second corners and pass right shoulder to finish in 2nd place on own sides;

25-26 2s1s3s take hands on the sides and set;

27-28 2s 1s 3s cross by the right, finishing facing clockwise around the corners' square;

29-32 all chase halfway around the corners' square, finishing 3s1s2s.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-16 Take hands, briefly, at every opportunity.

    -16 1L must pull right shoulder back to face her first corner.


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