Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Thurling Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE THURLING STRATHSPEY (S96) Sq.Set Brian Charlton Waratah Collection

Fig 1
1- 8 1s+3s dance 'Chain Progression':-
' 1- 2 1s and 3s ¾ turn RH
' 3- 6 1L+3L turn LH 1½ times while partners chase clockwise outside set ½ way
' 7- 8 3s and 1s 1¼ turn RH to end in opposite places from original positions, facing corners
9-16 1s and 3s change places LH with corners, turn next person RH (2 bars) all round, change places with corner again LH and all set to partners
17-32 2s+4s repeat 1-16

Fig 2
1- 8 1s+3s turn ¾ RH into reel of 4 (Ladies pass LSh). 1M+3M end BtoB facing partners
9-16 1s+3s set, turn partners 2H 1¾ to face in and set
17-32 2s+4s repeat 1-16

Fig 3
1- 8 Ladies dance ½ RH across, turn opposite Man LH, dance ½ RH across and turn partners LH
9-16 1s+3s dance ½ R&L, change places RH with corners and all set
17-24 2s+4s repeat 1-16
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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


The Thurling Strathspey A 96 bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a square set.

Figure 1
1 - 8 First and third couples dance a Chain Progression to change places. I.e. First and third couples turn ¾ with the right hand, the ladies turn 1½ with the left hand while the men dance half way round outside the set, first and third couples turn with right hand 1¼ times to opposite places. First and third couples finish facing corners.
9 - 16 First and third couples change places with corners left hand, turn the next person right hand (2 bars) and change places with their corners again left hand, all set to partners.
17 - 32 Second and fourth couples repeat bars 1 - 16.

Figure 2
1 - 8 First and third couples turn ¾ right hand and flow into a reel of four, ladies giving left shoulder to start. First and third men finish back-to-back facing partners.
9 - 16 First and third couples set, turn with two hands 1¾ times to face in then set.
17 - 32 Second and fourth couples repeat.

Figure 3
1 - 8 Ladies dance right hands across half-way, turn the opposite man left hand, dance right hands across half-way, turn partners left hand.
9 - 16 First and third couples dance half rights and lefts, change places right hand with their corners, all set.
17 - 24 Second and fourth couples repeat.
25 - 32 Eight hands round and back.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton, August 2005)


Dance Information

The dance was written in honour of Arnold and Joan Thurling to recognise their 40 year association with the Wollongong White Heather Scottish Country Dancers and the presentation to Arnold of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Branch Award on 6th August 2005.

Recommended Music: A suitable recording is 'The Partnership' (Vintage Goldring)



Dance Information by the deviser, Brian Charlton.

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