Dance The Meeting of the Waters 4291

Reel · 48 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 213)

Devised by
Iain Boyd
Intensity
880 800 800 844 888 888 = 66% (1 turn), 50% (whole dance)
Formations
Steps
  • Skip-Change, Slip-Step
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"The Meeting of the Waters ...

"The Meeting of the Waters" was devised to commemorate the 1964-65 Summer School held in Wanganui, the 'River City'.

In a message to the strathspey mailing list (on 23/10/2019) Iain Boyd wrote:

Note re bars 1-8:

In the first edition of “The Strathtay Album” the diagram clearly shows first woman and second man passing by left shoulders before dancing out to the sidelines at the end of the reel of four.

However, after the dance became popular with the release of Frank Reid’s recording on “Dance With The London Highland Club”, I changed the ending so that first woman and second man pass by right shoulders and dance directly across the set.

I did this because I noticed that the less experienced dancers were having difficulty getting out to the sidelines. The diagram was changed in a reprint of the collection, but, at the time, there was no way I could easily disseminate the change.

I prefer the second way of finishing the reel of four.

However, as the original way is probably ingrained in many dancer’s minds I am prepared to accept that there are now two ways of finishing the reel of four in this dance - an original and a subsequent way.

Consequently, dancers and teachers should check which ending is being danced in their local area.

The Meeting of the Waters 3/4L · R48

1–
1c+2c Reel4 across, 1M+2W pass Lsh as 1W/2M cast down/up, finish in places, 1W facing out (1W+2M final pass is Rsh) (1,2,3)
9–
1c parallel Rsh Fig8 on own side round 2c+3c
17–
1W, followed by 1M, cast off behind 2W, cross down between 3c (2c up) ; cast up round 3M and cross (to 2,1,3)
25–
1c+3c RHA ; 2c+1c LHA
33–
2c+1c+3c parallel Reels3 on the sides (1c Rsh to 3c)
41–
All Circle6 and back

On [7-8] 1W+2M originally passed Lsh, but the deviser changed this to Rsh.

The Meeting of the Waters 3/4L · R48

1-8
1s+2s dance reel of 4 across (1M & 2L pass LSh while 1L & 2M cast), 1L+2M pass RSh at end, 1L ends facing out
9-16
1s dance parallel Figs of 8 round 2s & 3s on own sides (pass 2s RSh to start)
17-24
1L followed by 1M casts round 2L, cross down between 3s, cast up to 2nd place on Men's side & cross to own side as 1M ends Men's side (2s step up on bars 19-20)
25-32
1s dance RH across with 3s & LH across with 2s
33-40
2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on own sides (1s giving RSh to 3s to start)
41-48
2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back. 2 1 3

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