Dance The Old Spedling Castle's Ghost's Dance 10052

Jig · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 213)

Devised by
Jim Rae (2000)
  • Turn Corners and Partner (CPCP)
  • Reel of three - across (REEL;ACROSS;R3;)
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The Old Spedling Castle´s ...

The Old Spedling Castle´s Ghost´s Dance is a dance where the 'standing' bottom man or top lady takes the part of the ghost to enter the dance. Thus, it is somehow a dance for 3 couples and a ghost in a 4 couple longwise set.

It was first tried at a dance workshop in 2000 led by Jim Rae at the Kuckucksnest (=cuckoo's nest) in Schlüchern, Germany. After a few more changes it was then published in his "A Dancing Tour Volume 2" in 2004.

The recording of the tune by Green Ginger named "The Old Spedling Castle's Ghost's Dance" (also mentioned by Jim Rae in "A Dancing Tour Volume 2") is only four times through. Thus, this recording might not be well suitable, if one wants to perform the dance the full eight times through in one go.

The Old Spedling Castle's Ghost's Dance 3/4L · J32

1s cross RH & cast down to 2nd place, cross LH & 1L casts up while 1M casts down
1s dance reels of 3 across RSh to 1st corners (1M followed by Ghost) & 1/2 turn LH in middle to face 3rd corners
1s dance RSh reels of 3 across (Man with 2s & Lady with 3s) & pass RSh to face 1st corners
1s turn 1st corners RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH & partner LH back to 2nd place own side

1st Ghost (1st 32 bars)

4M stands for 8 bars
4M 'ghosts' 1M in reel with 3s & joins in with LH turn
4M 'ghosts' 1L reeling with 3s & changes to 'ghost' 1M who faces 1st corner
4M joins in with 1M turning 1st corner & dances long way round to lead 1M into 2nd corner, joins in RH turn & crosses back to place

2nd Ghost (2nd 32 bars)

Original 2nd Lady (now in 1st place) stands for 8 bars
Lady 'ghosts' 1L in reel with 3rd couple & joins in with LH turn
Lady 'ghosts' 1M reeling with 3rd couple & changes to 'ghost' 1L who faces Ladies 1st corner
Lady joins in with 1L turning 1st corner & dances long way round to lead 1L into her 2nd corner, joins in RH turn & crosses back to place

Deviser's note: this jig may be danced with or without "The Ghost"


Eric Ferguson
Added on: Aug. 24, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
Quality: Reasonable

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Marcela Galve · May 11, 2013, 11:55 p.m.

Great fun, wonderful music! Marcela Galve From Buenos Aires Scottish Country Dancers, Argentina

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