My friend David Le Brocque of the Caledonian Dancers in Brisbane has
asked me to "publish" his latest creation on the Strathspey list. It
is a versatile 48-bar jig for three couples in either a three couple,
four couple, or five couple set. It is called "Dilly Dally; when you
try it, you'll appreciate that the title is ironic!
DILLY DALLY 3 couples, 4 x 48 or 8 x 48 bar Jig
May be danced in a 3-couple, 4-couple, or 5-couple set
by David Le Brocque, 05/06/2006
1 - 4 1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across.
5 - 8 2nd and 3rd couples dance left hands across.
9 -12 1st couple face down, 2nd couple face up and set (no hands).
1st and 2nd ladies turn 1/2 right hand and 1st and 2nd men turn
1/2 left hand.
13-16 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples join hands on the side and set.
1st couple turn 1/2 left hand to finish on opposite sides between
1st man facing 2nd lady and 1st lady facing 3rd man.
17-24 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a left shoulder reel of three
on the side,
1st couple passing their 2nd corners by the left to begin.
1st couple finish in second position, facing out.
25-26 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples join hands and balance in line.
27-28 1st couple, dropping right hand, turn the dancer on their left
by 3/4 by the left hand,
to finish 1st man at the top between 2nd couple, all facing down,
1st lady at the
bottom between 3rd couple, all facing up.
29-32 All join hand across and set. 1st couple turn 1/2 left hand,
to put 1st lady at the top
facing 2nd man, 1st man at the bottom facing 3rd lady.
33-38 1st lady with 2nd couple, 1st man with 3rd couple dance a left
reel of three across the set. 1st couple finish in the middle of
the set in 2nd position
facing down with nearer hands joined.
39-40 1st couple dance down to 4th (5th) position, 3rd couple
followed by 4th couple (5th couple)
dance up the side to finish 2, 3, 4, 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 1)
41-48 2nd, 3rd, 4th, (5th) 1st couples dance 8 hands around and back.
Note For a 3-couple set, dance as above, except that in bars 39-40
1st couple dance into 3rd position,
3rd couple dance up the side to 2nd position.
When the music is 8 x 48 bars in a 4- or 5-couple set, dance bars
33-40 to finish in 2nd position
and repeat from that position.
David has prepared some Pilling-style diagrams for the dance, which I
can forward as PDF to anyone who wants it. He would also appreciate
feedback from those of you who try it out.