Dance The Lairds' Chain 14358

Strathspey · 32 bars · 2 couples · Longwise - 4

Devised by
Peter McClure (2003)
88/88/88/88 = 69% (whole dance)
  • Strathspey setting, Strathspey travel
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Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc ...

Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc [at], Winnipeg, March 2003, for Rena and Adam Laird . This dance can be used to introduce relatively new dancers to the reel of four. It is a variation of "The Lairds' Diamond," the reel of four is central to Scottish country dancing, just as Rena and Adam Laird have been central to the local Scottish cultural community for as long as we have known them.

The dance could also be done as a jig; in that case, we suggest skip-change-of-step for the two hand turns at bars 19-20. That may not be according to current RSCDS convention, but it will make the flow into the circle more pleasant. Finally, it could be done as a medley, 32 bars strathspey followed by 32 bars jig for each couple in a three couple set.

The Lairds' Chain 2/4L · S32

1c+2c RHA and 1c face 2c ; set to and turn opposite RH ¾ into line across
Reel4 across
1W+2W & 1M+2M set and turn BH ¾ ; into Circle 4 L (2,1)
2c+1c R&L
NameDateOwnerLast changed
Winnipeg Branch St Andrews Social 2015-11-30 Peter McClure Oct. 26, 2015, 6:45 p.m.
RSCDS New York Branch August 15th 2019 2019-08-15 Sue Ronald Aug. 13, 2019, 10:10 p.m.
RSCDS Birmingham - Joint session - 24 September 2019 2019-09-24 Nicola Scott Sept. 25, 2019, 9:45 a.m.

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