The Fireside Lounge

32 bar strathspey for 5 couples in a longwise set

by Tim Harrison (2000)


Bars   Directions
1-8   1st and 5th couples cast one place, turn partner once round with left hand, and cast to the left. 2nd and 4th couples step up or down on bars 1&2 to end. Finish with 1st woman between 2nd couple facing 2nd man, 1st man and 5th woman back to back between 3rd couple facing opposite side, and 5th man between 4th couple facing 4th woman. 
9-16   1st woman with 2nd couple and 5th man with 4th couple dance right shoulder reels of three. 1st man, 3rd couple and 5th woman dance a reel of four. Finish with 1st woman in middle in 2nd place facing down, 5th man in middle in 4th place facing up, 1st man and 5th woman in middle back-to-back facing own partner.
17-24   1st and 5th couples dance a reel of four in center of set. At the same time, 2nd couple set advancing and turn partner with both hands; then 2nd and 3rd couples change places on the sides, giving right hands; then 2nd and 4th couples change places on the sides, giving left hands. Finish with 1st couple in 2nd place and 5th couple in 4th place in the middle with right shoulders to their partners, facing own side of set. Couple order is 31452.
25-32   1st and 5th man each dance a figure of eight on their own side of the set around the place above and below them, dance out and up to begin. At the same time, 1st and 5th woman each dance a figure of eight on their own side of the set around the place below and above them, dance out and down to begin. At the same time, 3rd , 4th , and 2nd couples cross over giving right hands, set to their partner, cross over giving right hands, and set to their partner.

Recommended tune:   Miss Roz Scott Huxley by Muriel Johnstone

Note:   This dance was devised in the Fireside Lounge of the St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. The Fireside Lounge is where after-parties were held during the Teachers' Association (Canada) Summer School 2000. People arrive at the after-party and join a group for chatting. As the party continues people leave that group to join another group while others wander from group to group searching for conversation in which they can participate.

The dance idea was suggested by Karen Baisden of Seattle, Washington, USA.