Dance The Haunt Of The Gnomes 2813

Strathspey · 64 bars · 4 couples · Square

Devised by
John Drewry (1977)
  • Figure of Eight - double (FIG8;2C;)
  • Reel of three (REEL;R3;)
  • Note: This list may be incomplete and/or incorrect.
  • Note: Due to limitations in the underlying data, the relative order of formations in this list may be different from the order of formations in the actual dance.
  • Strathspey travel
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Extra info
John Drewry wrote in the ...

John Drewry wrote in the original description that the dance was for Robert MacKay of Edinburgh who introduced John Drewry to J. Scott Skinner's tune The Haunt of the Gnomes at St. Andrews in July 1977.


The dance may be repeated with the side couples leading :- The first reels of three will be up and down the dance (Bars 17-24). The second reels of three will be across the dance (Bars 25-32). The straight lines (Bar 25 onwards) will be across the dance.


The dance provides a good test of memory and of orientation when done twice without stopping!

The Haunt Of The Gnomes 4S · S64

All Men circle 4H round, face partners, turn RH & set
1s+3s dance thru next couple (M to right & L to left) to opposite pstns, 1s+3s in prom hold dance round each other (Men passing LSh)
1s dance reel of 3 across with 4M+2L (giving LSh to 4M) while 3s dance reel of 3 with 2M+4L (giving LSh to 2M) ending in longways set
2s & 4s in prom hold dance reels of 3 on sides (2s gives LSh to 3M & 4s LSh to 1M)
2L+4M dance 1/2 double Fig of 8 with 1s as 2M+4L dance similarly with 3s, all turn on sides by nearer hands (1s+3s to dancing outwards)
All repeat (Bars 33-40) from new places
1s+2L+4M also 3s+2M+4L dance RH across, then dance 1/2 reels of 4 on sides
All repeat (Bars 49-56) from new places
Repeat with 2s & 4s leading

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Andrew Locke
Added on: Jan. 17, 2017, 7:12 p.m.
Quality: Demonstration quality

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