The Auld Blether

 

 

 

Suggested Recordings:  Many Happy Returns – 4, A Wee Nothin’

 

8 x 32J for 3 couples in a 4C set                                               devised by Moira Turner

 

1-8                     1st and 2nd couples dance the spiral from own sides:

1 – 4                1st man and 2nd woman turn right hand ¾ and balance in line with partners.  On bar 4, 1st woman and 2nd man pull back left shoulder to face clockwise and rejoin hands. 

5 – 6                In a diagonal line, 1st and 2nd couples rotate one place clockwise.  (2nd man and 1st woman have progressed.)

7 – 8                1st man and 2nd woman turn right hand ¾ to progressed places on own side.               

9-12         1st couple cross passing right shoulder and cast round 1st corner to finish, 1st woman between 2nd couple, 1st man between 3rd couple, facing 1st corner.

13-16       1st corners pass 1st couple right shoulder and cast round partner to diagonally opposite corner position

               WHILE

               1st couple pass 1st corner right shoulder, then immediately pull back right shoulder to follow corners to 2nd place own side.

17-20       1st couple cross passing left shoulder and cast round 2nd corner to finish, 1st man between 2nd couple, 1st woman between 3rd couple, facing 2nd corners.

21-24       2nd corners pass 1st couple left shoulder and cast around partner’s place to diagonally opposite corner position

               WHILE

               1st couple pass 2nd corner left shoulder, then immediately pull back left shoulder to follow corners to 2nd place own side.

25–28      1st couple set as 1st corners set advancing diagonally towards one another, all four dance right hands across half way.

29–32      1st couple set as 2nd corners set advancing diagonally towards one another, all four dance left hands across half way.

 

Repeat the dance having passed a couple.

 

Note:  The execution of bars 9-16 should be a series of continuous, circular, clockwise movements for the dancing couple with no breaks in flow.  Bars 17-24 should be likewise, but in an anti-clockwise direction.

 

        March, 2005