It'd be easier if you had wanted her e-address or phone number....
I'm sure you're acquainted with the difficulties of interpreting original
instructions. My guess is that the RSCDS reconstruction makes the best of a
very ambiguous description.
I find it frustrating not to have original instructions when questions of
this sort arise. Have you tried locating this book on the Library of
Congress dance website? If we weren't about to leave for vacation
(Pinewoods!) soon, I'd be right in there with you, trying to track this
Do you know the year this book was published, or at least the century (18th
or 19th)? It feels 18th c. to me.
I like what you suggest about the last figure. It is, in other words, three
changes of R&L in order to progress. I can guess at the original wording:
"First and second cu. sett;
Then right and left until you come into each other's places."
I hope someone can provide more useful information before we unsubscribe for
From: M Sheffield [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2000 3:43 PM
Subject: Lucy Campbell
No, I don't want her e-address or phone number.
I'd just like to know whether anyone has come across this dance. Does it
come up in dance programs?
The first phrase is unusual, requiring more travel in the LH-across than in
The second phrase requires a bit of maneuvering.
The third phrase is a little awkward, if 2nd cp wait until 1st cp are in
2nd place before moving up, and it seems odd to have each cp standing doing
nothing for 2 of the 8 bars.
The description of the last phrase is : 1st & 2nd cps set & cross over RH,
then dance half rights & lefts.
Could this be interpreted as "1st & 2nd cps set, turn pt RH (4 steps) and
then pass neighbour on the sides giving LH." ?
I wonder what was in the "old book of Scottish-Irish dances (title page
lost)" from which this dance was drawn.
The description given in RSCDS bk 17 feels like a reconstruction of a
dance only half understood.
in Grenoble, France.