Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Two By Two

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Two By Two
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 8: The Handy Dozen
3x32 bar Strathspey
3-couple Strathspey in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   ROSETTE: 1st and 2nd couples set, right hand turn halfway and twirl to partner's place.
(in twirl, dance towards partner and pulling right shoulder back dance to partner's place), then chase clockwise halfway round to end in progressed places nearer hands joined with partner, 2nd couple in top place facing 1st couple;

  9-16 HAND-IN-HAND REELS OF 3: 2nd, 1st, and 3rd couples dance Hand-in-Hand reel of 3, starting with 2nd and 1st couples passing right shoulders (this reel is performed by dancing a reel of 3 nearer hands joined with partner when dancing up or down the reel and changing hands at the top and bottom of the reel as one reverses direction so staying on your own side of the set);

17-24 REVERSE ROSETTE: 2nd and 1st couples chase clockwise halfway round, right hand turn halfway with partner, twirl, and set (all are back in original places);

25-32 LOOP PROGRESSION: 2nd couple followed by 1st couple dance down the middle, divide and cast up around 3rd couple and 2nd couple dance up the side in top place followed by 1st couple to 2nd place (4 bars): then 1st couple followed by 3rd couple dance up the middle, divide and cast down around 2nd couple and dance down the side to end with 1st couple at the bottom and 3rd couple in the middle place.

Repeat with new top couple.

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

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