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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- Recommended Music
- Extra info
- 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)