Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tofino Strathspey

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Tofino Strathspey 4x48 bar Strathspey for 4 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A 48 bar strathspey for four couples in a longwise set.

1-8 First and third couples lead down the middle and back again to finish in original places facing out
while
second and fourth couples dance up the side-lines to respectively top and third places, lead down the middle, lead up again, cross over and cast down into second and fourth places, respectively, on opposite sides.
9-16 First and second; third and fourth couples dance double figures of eight.
First and third couples cast down the side-lines while second and fourth couples lead up and cross over to begin. Give hands to lead up and cross over - for example, second couple with right then left, first couple with left then right. First couple finish facing out.
17-18 First man and second woman; third man and fourth woman turn with left hands once round
while
first woman and second man; third woman and fourth man turn with right hands once round.
First and third couples finish facing out.
19-24 First and third couples cast down round second and fourth couples respectively on own sides, cross over giving right hands and cast up round second and fourth couples, respectively, on opposite sides.
25-32 First and second couples, third and fourth couples dance a modified 'tourbillion'.
   25-26 First and second couples turn partner with both hands opening out to finish with first couple on the women's side and second couple on the men's side. (First man should be first ladies place, and second lady in second mans place.)
   27-28 First and second couples set once with nearer hands joined on the sides.
   29-30 First and second couples turn partner with both hands to finish on own sides in the middle - first couple in second place facing up and second couple in first place facing down.
   31-32 Second and first couples set once with nearer hands joined with partner.
   Third and fourth couples dance 25-32 similarly.
33-40 Second, first, fourth and third couples dance reels of four on own sides. Second and first, fourth and third couples pass by right shoulders to begin.
At the end of the reels all dance directly into places.
41-42 All set with nearer hands joined on the sides.
43-44 First and fourth couples, with nearer hands joined, set advancing to finish in the middle ready for a half poussette.
45-48 First and fourth couples dance a half poussette.
Finishing order 2,4,1,3.

Repeat with a new top couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)


Dance Information

This dance, Tofino Strathspey, was devised at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in August, 1993 and modified to be a four couple dance in January 2001 in Chicago.

Suggested music: "Welcome to Queen's Cross" AN ABERDEEN COLLECTION - CD or "The Nether Bow has Vanished" MUSIC FOR EIGHT SC DANCES BOOKS 13 and 14 - record.



Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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