Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Maggie and Duncan Keppie Gaelic College SCD Book 1: The Sixpenny Reel
Strathspey n x 40 bars 2 Threesome Repeat 2 Threesome Set Progressive Round the Room Set
Line of 3 facing line of 3 as in The Dashing White Sergeant.

  1-8   ADVANCE, RETIRE AND PETRONELLA: nearer hands joined advance and retire one step each way, then centres petronella to their right, join nearer hands across the set to advance and retire one step each way, and centres petronella to their right;

  9-16 DIAGONAL RIGHTS AND LEFTS: centres and left-hand partners cross by the right and left on the side, then centres and right-hand partners cross by the right and left on the side (all are now on opposite side of set);

17-24 SET AND TURN: centres set and turn left-hand partner with both hands, then set and turn right-hand partner with both hands;

25-32 REEL OF 3: centres dance reel of 3 with partners starting by passing left-hand partner by the left shoulder, corners dance a loop at the end of the reel;

33-40 SET, PASS THRO' AND CHASE: nearer hands joined all set with common schottische step, pass the opposite person by the right shoulder and chase halfway round to the right ending facing the next line of 3.

Repeat with next line of 3.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Notes

As with all dances having this format, the number of repeats is not fixed.
The three partners are not specifically men or women.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Information

Tipsy is an expression meaning slightly drunk.

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