Dance The Swan and the Tay 14741

Strathspey · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 3   (Progression: 312)

Devised by
Audrey Saunders
Formations
Steps
  • Strathspey setting, Strathspey travel
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The Perth & Perthshire Branch ...

The Perth & Perthshire Branch Newsletter "The Highland Gateway" for January 2011 has the following text:

"From locally here in Perth, Scotland, the links spread internationally to Perth, Western Australia where the RSCDS Branch was asked to contribute a reel and a strathspey in honour of the Perth 800 anniversary. The dances “The Swan and the Tay” (which represents the two city rivers) and “Perth meets Perth” (representing dancers crossing the world to join together in the dance) were submitted. Appropriately their tunes “Mo Rutherford’s compliments to Frank Thomson” and Jim Johnston’s “The Carse of Gowrie” were arranged by Mo Rutherford, former RCDS Musical Director, and of course one of Perth‘s best known musicians."

So this dance comes from Perth (Australia), but was published in Scotland in the RSCDS booklet "Perth 800".

The Swan and the Tay 3/3L · S32

1–
1c (in and down) Fig8 on own sides (give hands) (1,2,3)
9–
1c cross into Reels3{6} on opp. sides | 2c dance up as 1c face 1cnr
17–
1c+cnrs Pass&Turn, pass Rsh ; repeat with 2cnr, finish (2,1,3)
25–
All set | cross RH ; chase ½ clw to (3,1,2)

The Swan and the Tay 3/3L · S32

1-8
1s dance Figs 8 own sides dancing in & down to start (giving hands where possible)
9-16
1s cross down to dance reels of 3 on opp sides (joining hands where possible) & 1s end facing 1st corners, 2s end in 1st place
17-20
1s dance Corners Pass+Turn with 1st cnrs, pass RSh on bar 20 to face 2nd cnrs
21-24
1s dance Corners Pass+Turn with 2nd cnrs. Pass RSh on bar 24 to end 2nd place own sides
25-32
All set, all cross RH, all chase clockwise 1/2 way round to own sides 3 1 2

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Mistake in the formation

Jacmel Dent · Nov. 28, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

I think it should be noted, with this video, that the 3rd couple do not do cross-over reels as the crib describes,

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