Dance The Tower of London 19856

Strathspey · 32 bars · 4 couples · Square   (Progression: 4123)

Devised by
Murrough Landon (2018)
4444/8888/8888/8888 = 88% (whole dance)
  • Set and Link (SETLNK;2P;)
  • Note: This list may be incomplete and/or incorrect.
  • Strathspey setting, Strathspey travel
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The figure in bars 17-24 ...

The figure in bars 17-24 is supposed to evoke the central “White Tower” part of the Tower of London with a small tower at each corner all surrounded by an outer wall. The two handed turns represent the towers while the intervening inner and outer chases are the walls. Three of the four towers are square - only the one at the north-east corner (between 1st and 2nd places) is round. So those concerned with architectural exactitude can make their turns at the other corners as square as possible, for example making angles at the half bar points. Those keen on symbolism may see sceptres and orbs or loops of a crown in bars 1-8 and 9-12. Bars 25-32 were inspired by the end of Vana Tallinn by Vladimir Garbuzov.

The Tower of London 4S · S32

1c & 3c set adv | ½ turn opposite BH to 1M & 3M in exchanged places ; 2c & 4c repeat
All set | pull LSh back & cast cclw in tandem (M: 4,1,2,3; W: 2,3,4,1) ; S&Link ending on diagonals, W facing in, M BtoB facing out (1M facing 2W)
All ½ turn BH | M dance to next cnr clw while W chase cclw ½ way round inner square, making ¼ turn at the cnr, to end facing P ; repeat from new places to face previous person again
All ½ turn BH to next side | W chase ¼ clw while M curve RSh back in to take P RH (1,2,3,4) ; all lead ¼ clw | turn P ¾ RH (4,1,2,3)

The Tower of London 4S · S32

1s+3s set advancing, 1/2 turn opposite dancer 2H to finish on sides (Men have changed places); 2s+4s repeat
All Set with 'new partner', pull back LSh & chase anticlockwise 1 place round
All Set+Link, Ladies casting to corner to their left while Men finish BtoB in centre facing Ladies (1M facing 2L at corner between 1st/2nd place)
All 1/2 turn 2H, Men dance clockwise 1 place to next corner while Ladies dance anticlockwise in centre to face original partner
Repeat 17-20 from new positions to end facing dancer as at bar 17 (1M facing 2L) now 1 place round anticlockwise
All 1/2 turn 2H, Ladies dance to next corner clockwise round while Men dance in, pull back RSh to join RH with partner. 1 2 3 4
All dance RHJ 1/4 clcockwise round & all turn partner 3/4 RH to form square set again. 4 1 2 3

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Murrough Landon
Added on: Feb. 29, 2020, 5:09 p.m.
Quality: Good

NameDateOwnerLast changed
Turnham Green - 12 June 2022 2022-06-12 Jacmel Dent May 28, 2022, 1:12 p.m.

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