Scottish Country Dance InstructionTwirling Circle
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Gaelic College SCD Book 7: Around A Dozen
32 bar Strathspey
One Circle of couples, women on right of partner
1-8 ADVANCE, RETIRE, ½ TURN, TWIRL, AND TURN: All advance and retire to partner (1 step each way: 2 bars), turn halfway with right hands and twirl to partner place (i.e. retaining right hands dance toward partner, and pulling right shoulder back dance to partner's place), then turn partner ¾ round with right hands;
9-16 CHASE: Men dance anticlockwise round an inner circle AS women dance clockwise round outer circle (4 bars), pull right shoulder back and chase back to partner;
17-20 TURN: turn partner 1¼ times around with left hands to original places;
21-24 SET: Set to partner with Glasgow Highlanders Setting Step;
25-28 ½ CIRCULAR REELS OF 3: all dance a ½ reel of 3 starting by passing partner by the left shoulder and the next person by the right shoulder; and reversing direction
29-32 TURN: turn new partner 1½ times around with both hands.
Repeat with new partner.
(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)
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