What with all the discussion of founders and co-founders I thought it might
be appropriate to share this dance written for Gini Grover, the founder of
my SCD group in Binghamton, NY. She only taught occasionally but one of the
dances I remember her trying was The Royal Wedding. She is no longer dancing
but still comes regularly on Wednesdays to guide our highland dancers. In
addition to echoes of The Royal Wedding, the figures of the dance represent
first couple reaching out to include, and then dance with, others.
Upstate NY, USA
A 32 bar strathspey for 3 couples
by Terry Glasspool
1st couple dance a full figure of eight down through and around 2nd couple.
1st and 2nd couples dance the targe progression:
9-10: partners turn 3/4 to form a momentary line up and down the center of
11-12: 1M2W turn 3/4 in the center while 1W & 2M dance clockwise around them
to form a momentary line of four across the dance.
13-14: partners turn 3/4 to finish on the sides of the dance, 1C on the
women's side facing down, 2C on the men's side facing up.
15-16: all four chase one place clockwise to progressed places.
(During these eight bars, the corners should face in on the diagonal and set
whenever they are not being turned by 1st couple.)
1C set, advancing toward 1st corners.
1C turn 1cor with both hands, 1W finishing between 2C, 1M finishing between
3C, 1cor return to facing diagonally.
1C, facing each other up and down, set, advancing toward 2nd corners.
1C turn 2cor with both hands, finishing on the sides facing toward 1cor.
All dance reels of three on the sides of the dance, 1C giving LS to 1cor to
begin the reel.
1C cross to own sides on 31-32.
Repeat, having passed a couple.
This dance is for Gini Grover of Binghamton, NY.
Music: any good strathspey. I like to use the version of The Royal Wedding
by George Meikle, on Highlander Socttish Dances Vol 10. In addition to being
another Royal Wedding reference, it has a different feel than other versions
of this dance.