Dance Corstorphine Fair 1358

Jig · 40 bars · 4 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 2341)

Devised by
Margaret Hunter (1963)
8888 8888 8888 5333 5333 = 77% (1 turn), 77% (whole dance)
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change, Slip-Step
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Recommended Music
Extra info
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All four couples circle and back
First couple cast off on own side followed by second, third and fourth couples crossing over at foot of the dance and dancing up the wrong side. (Phrasing – Cast off for 3, first couple cross over on bar 4, second on bar 5, third on bar 6, fourth on bar 7, each woman crossing in front of partner. On bar 8, all should be in two straight lines, facing up.
All four couples facing top slip 4 steps to centre of dance, women passing in front of men. Join nearer hands or link arms with partners and dance two steps forward then two steps backward (Skip, change). Then 4 slip steps to side lines. Women again pass in front of men.
First woman changes places with second man giving right hands; with third woman giving left hands; with fourth man giving right hands; and on bars 7 and 8 all four couples turn on spot with 2 pas de basques, clapping hands on bar 7.
First man changes places with second woman giving left hands; with third man giving right hands; with fourth woman giving left hands and on bars 7 and 8 all four couples turn on spot with 2 pas de basques, clapping hands on bar 7.

The leaflet also contains the sheet music for the tunes.

From a Strathspey message on 2012-09-21: Corstorphine (a suburb of Edinburgh) is pronounced much like the word endorphin.

Corstorphine Fair 4/4L · J40

All circle8 and back
1c followed by 2c+3c+4c cast off behind sidelines {3} each cpl cross upwards, W passing in front of M, and dance up sidelines to (1x,2x,3x,4x) facing up
All slip across into NHJ, M passing behind W | all C advance up ; retire | slip back to opposite side, M passing behind W (1x,2x,3x,4x)
1W+2M cross RH | 1W+3W cross LH ; 1W+4M cross RH | All clap and swivel R on the spot (2 PdB),
1M+2W cross LH | 1M+3M cross RH ; 1M+4W cross LH | all clap and swivel R (2,3,4,1)

Corstorphine Fair 4/4L · J40

All circle 8H round & back
1s followed by 2s+3s+4s cast to bottom, cross & dance up on opposite sides
All (facing up) slip step sideways into centre (Ladies pass in front of Men), advance with partner & retire, slip step sideways back
1L crosses diagonally RH with 2M, LH with 3L, RH with 4M, all clap & turn on spot
1M crosses diagonally LH with 2L, RH with 3M, LH with 4L, all clap & turn on spot

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Murrough Landon
Added on: Jan. 8, 2021, 11:37 p.m.
Quality: Demonstration quality


Eric Ferguson
Added on: Aug. 12, 2012, 3:47 p.m.
Quality: Good

NameDateOwnerLast changed
Dancing with Jim Stott, Moscow 2019-02-16 Taisiia Demicheva Feb. 15, 2019, 11:44 a.m.
FSCDC Display 26 July 2014 2014-07-26 Anselm Lingnau July 5, 2014, 11:45 p.m.
Bologna 19 Dec 2015 2015-11-02 Odile Paraire Nov. 3, 2015, 10:52 a.m.
20220531 - Bo'ness Class 2022-05-31 Zsofia Jozsef June 1, 2022, 12:30 a.m.
20190305 - Bo'ness Class 2019-03-05 Zsofia Jozsef March 8, 2019, 12:56 a.m.
FSCDC 8 July 2014 2014-07-08 Anselm Lingnau Nov. 4, 2014, 2:02 p.m.
20160815 - Edinburgh Stockbridge House Summer Dance 2016-08-15 Zsofia Jozsef July 28, 2016, 3:25 p.m.
Moscow branch of RSCDS October 2015 Ball 2015-10-03 Anton Korobeynikov Sept. 2, 2015, 10:58 p.m.

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Good for performance

Anselm Lingnau · Sept. 9, 2012, 12:40 a.m.

This is a fun piece but a little unusual. We have used it in displays to good effect (see the video on this page).

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