Hector Strathspey

Glen Sampson

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Hello everyone:

In commemoration of the landing of "The Hector", the first ship to bring
Scottish immigrants to Pictou, Nova Scotia, a replica of that ship was
launched last week-end in Pictou, Nova Scotia. As part of the
celebrations, there was a Tattoo held in which our scottish country
dance group was asked to perform. In honour of the occasion, we devised
a dance that was performed in the tattoo. The following are the
instructions for the dance:

The Hector Strathspey - a 40 bar strathspey for 4 couples

(Devised by Olive Jackson, Glen Sampson and Janice Hamilton)

Bars 1-8 1st couple and 3rd couples nearer hands joined dance
down for 2, turn
with both hands for 2, dance up for 2 and turn
both hands for 2.

Bars 9-16 1st and 3rd couples cast off into a double figure of 8,
2nd and 4th couple crossing up to begin.

Bars 17-24 1st couple with 2nd and 3rd couple with 4th dance full
diamond pousette.

Bars 25-32 All 4 couples set and cross to opposite sides, set and
cross back

Bars 33-40 1st couple with 2nd and 3rd couple with 4th dance a
Tournee.

repeat the dance once

The significance of each figure is as folows:

bars 1-8 - Gathering of the people and boarding of the ship
bars 9-16 - casting off and slipping away from the Quay
bars 17-24 - setting of the sails
bars 25-32 - crossing the seas
bars 33-40 - the landing and disembarking

Although we list it as a 4 couple dance, it can be danced as a 2 couple
dance. The effect of all 4 couples starting was better for performance
purposes.

best regards,

Glen

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