Waterloo Strathspey

32 bar strathspey for 5 couples in a longwise set

by Tim Harrison (2000)


Bars   Directions
1-8 1st and 5th couples cross over giving right hands, cast one place, cross over giving left hands, and cast to the left. 2nd and 4th couples step up or down to end of set on bars 3 & 4. Finish with 1st woman between 2nd couple facing down the set, 1st man and 5th woman back to back between 3rd couple facing opposite side of the set, and 5th man between 4th couple facing up the set.
9-16 1st woman dance a reel of three with 2nd couple, giving right shoulder to 2nd man. 3rd couple and 5th couple dance a reel of four. 5th man dance a reel of three with 4th couple, giving right shoulder to 4th woman. 1st and 5th couples finish back-to-back in the middle of the set, woman facing up the set, man facing down the set.
17-20 1st woman and 2nd couple dance three hands round to the left. 1st man, 3rd couple, and 5th woman, dance four hands round to the left. 5th man and 4th couple dance three hand round to the left. 1st couple and 5th couple pull back on right shoulder to finish facing partner in the middle of the set, women facing down, men facing up.
21-24 1st and 5th couples turn partner with both hands 1 1/4 times, pull back on right shoulder to finish on own side of set facing out.
25-32 1st couple cast off one place, cross over giving right hands; cast off two places, and cross over giving right hands. 3rd and 4th couples take nearer hands and step up on bars 25 & 26. 4th and 5th couples take nearer hands and step up on bars 29 & 30. Finish in the order 23451.


Recommended tune:   Any good strathspey.

Note:   This dance was devised during Teachers' Association (Canada) Summer School in 2000 at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.