My Cary Valentine

for the Raleigh (NC) Scottish Country Dancers

 

Original Tune:  Major Graham of Inchbrakie  (N. Gow)

Suggested Recordings:

 

8 x 32S for 3 couples in a 4 couple set                                                                           devised by Moira Turner

 

1 – 8

Half Reel Progression

 

1 - 2

1st and 2nd couples turn partner two hands ¾ to finish in a straight line in the centre of the dance – women facing down, men up.

3 - 6

1st and 2nd couples half reel of four to finish in a straight line in the centre of the dance – men facing down, women up.

7 - 8

1st and 2nd couples turn partner two hands once round to finish in the center facing opposite sideline.  On bar 8, 3rd couple dance in with partner on right.

9 - 10

All 3 couples Common Schottische Balance.  (See below.)

11 - 12

All half turn partner right hand to change places.

13 - 14

All 3 couples Common Schottische Balance.

15 - 16

All 3 couples cross right hand to own sidelines.

17 - 24

1st couple figure of eight on own side, dancing right shoulder round dancer on the right to begin (woman up, man down).

25 – 32

Heart to Heart

 

25 - 28

First corner Left Shoulder Pass and Turn (see below) from the sideline: 1st couple dance a quick left hand turn on bar 12 to face 2nd corners.

29 - 32

Second corner Left Shoulder Pass and Turn: 1st couple pass left shoulder (no hands) to 2nd place own side on bar 32.

Repeat the dance having passed a couple.

                                        February, 2006

 

Common Schottische Balance

This is the formation “balance in line,” adapted to strathspey tempo.

The formation takes 2 bars to execute and uses strathspey setting step (common schottische).

The hands move as follows:

1

Dancers with left hands joined drop left hands.  All move to the right, joining left hands under right hands, then drop right hands.  Dancers not on the ends of the line join right hands with the next dancer facing them on the right.

2

Repeat to the left by dropping right hands, moving to the left, and joining right hands under left hands.

From ‘The Renaissance Man’ devised by A Hankins

 

 Left Shoulder Pass and Turn

This is a variation on the formation “Corners pass and turn.”

This formation takes 4 bars to execute and uses 4 traveling steps.

1 – 2

1st couple curve around to the corner position, passing their corner by the LEFT.

3

1st couple continue to curve to the LEFT and dance in, again passing their corner by the LEFT.

4

1st couple dance as specified in the individual dance.

 

MEANWHILE

1

Corners dance towards one another, each passing one of the dancing couple by the LEFT.

2

Corners turn one another by the LEFT to face their own starting positions.

3

Corners dance out towards their starting positions, again passing dancing couple by the LEFT.

4

Corners curve round to the LEFT into place.

Heart to Heart” first appeared in ‘The Silver Thistle Ball’ devised by Stella Fogg and Moira Turner – April 2004