Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Their Secret

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Their Secret 32 bar Reel for 3 couples in a 4 couple set. Tamás Hámori and Klára Lovrics, 2009.

1-8 1C and 2C dance RH across
2M and 3M advance to opposite side (2M goes between 1L and 2L, 3M between 2L and 3L)
All set (2C and 3C balance in line and 1L gives LH to 2M and RH to 1M)
9-16 2M and 3M retire to their original places.
All chase half way round clockwise.
All set (joining hands in a circle)
17-24 1C turn RH for 4 bars while 2C and 3C dance half RH across and half turn partners RH.
1C lead up two places and cross over facing down in the middle while 2C and 3C step down.
All set (joining hands on sides and 1C joining hands with each other and with 2C)
25-32 1C cross over RH while 2C and 3C change places on the side with RH
2C cross over LH while 1C and 3C change places on the side with LH.
1C and 3C cross RH and 1M stays in the middle.
All set (joining hands on ladies side and 2C and 3C joining hands on 1st and 3rd place
while 1M on 2nd place "gives a rose" with extended RH to his lady)

Finish in order 3, 1, 2 and repeat the dance two more times from the new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Tamás Hámori and Klára Lovrics, 2009)

Crib Diagram

Their Secret Diagram
Their Secret - From A Reel Goulash 1

Dance Information

This dance, Their Secret, was written for Doris and Denis Beauchamp's 50th wedding anniversary by Tamás Hámori and Klára Lovrics in 2009.

Denis and Doris are such a happy couple after so long a time together, that one wonders what their secret is.

Tune: Any suitable Reel.

Secret Rendezvous
"Secret Rendezvous" Pierre-Charles Comte (1823-1895), Oil On Panel, c. 19th century

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Dance information from A Reel Goulash 1, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances (2011), reproduced here with kind permission.
Image copyright, reproduced here with kind permission.
Image copyright Pierre Charles Comte [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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