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The Tall Guys' Strathspey

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THE TALL GUY'S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Gaye Collin

1- 4 1s dance in and cast while 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 up round 2s (Bars: 3-4 1s are briefly following 3s dancing down sides)
5- 8 1s meet below 2s nearer hands joined, dance up and cast to 3rd in centre facing up in prom hold (2s dance in and up to 1st place 7-8 while 3s dance in left foot to face down in prom hold bar 8)
9-12 1s and 3s dance 4 bars allemande (1s up, 3s down) to change places, 1s in 3M's place facing down, 3s in 2L's place facing up
13-16 3s+1s dance LH across. End 3s in 3rd place own side, 1s facing 2nd corners
17-24 1s turn 2nd corner RH, partner LH, 1st corner RH, partner LH. 1s in 2nd place own side face out
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance mirror reels of 3 on sides giving hands (1s down/out to start). 213

Note: 2nd time through 1s and 4s dance 6 bar reel and dance on 1 place to end 4s in 3rd place, 1s in 4th place.

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

The Tall Guys' Strathspey 32 bar Strathspey for 3Cs in a 4C set Gaye Collin

1- 4 As 1C dance in, cast off and then dance down the side-lines, 3C dance a ½ figure of 8 up round 2C.
5- 8 1C meet below 2C take nearer hands, dance up and cast round 2C to finish in the middle of the dance facing up in promenade hold. (2C on 7-8 dance in, and up to top place), (3C dance in and slightly up on the left foot to face down on bar 8 - also taking promenade hold).
1+3Cs are back to back in the middle.
9-16 1+3Cs dance 4 bars of "The Allemande", finishing 3C approximately in 2Ws position facing up and 1C in 3Ms position facing down. Both couples drop RHs, retain LH and dance into LH across in the middle of the set. 3C finish back in 3rd place, own side, 1C finish facing 2nd corners.
17-24 Starting with 2nd corners, 1C turn corner, partner, corner, partner to finish in 2nd place facing out and down, (own side).
25-32 2+1+3Cs mirror reels of three on the side (1C down to start).

HOWEVER, when dancing the second time through:
(1+4Cs need to finish the reel in 6 bars, then dance on one place to bring 4C into 3rd place ready to start the ½ figure of 8.

Repeat the dance from second place, with the modified ending.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2020)

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Dance Information

This dance was devised for the Tall Guys who dance in my demo teams. The idea came from Victor Matsuo, from the States, who nicknamed my husband, Damon, “The Tall Guy”. For many years, Victor has trawled YouTube videos to find dances for his wife, Pamela Stephens, and her fellow teacher, Ellen Ternes. Pamela asked who the Tall Guy was when she contacted me after viewing some of my dance videos. Our email friendship has grown from there.

Over the years several other Tall Guys have joined the team: Damon's brother, Simon, and Liam Beaumont (who is my tallest guy). They are all over 6 foot in height, all wonderful partners to dance with as they are calm, and almost always in the right place at the right time.

Dance information by the deviser Gaye Collin, 2020.

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