Eleanorís Strathspey
by Sue McKinnell 8X32 Strathspey for 3C
1-8 First couple turn both hands once round (2 bars) and cast one place as second couple steps up. First couple turn right hand once round to end on own sides in second place, first woman facing down and first man facing up.
9-16 Second, first, and third couple dance six-bar right shoulder reels on the sides of the dance, first woman giving right shoulder to third woman and first man giving right shoulder to second man to start. On bars seven and eight, first woman and third woman continue the reel to change places as first man and second man continue the reel to change places. The ending order is 2, 3, 1 on the womenís side and 1, 2, 3 on the menís side.
17-24 First, second, and third couples dance a three-couple bourrel as follows:
First man and third women, similarly second man and first woman, set advancing to each other and turn both hands halfway then away from each other to end back to back in the center of the set, woman facing up and man facing down. Meanwhile, second woman and third man chase a little more than halfway counter-clockwise around the set to end facing their partners.All set to partners and turn them both hands to their own sides. The ending order is 3, 1, 2.
25-32 All take hands on the sides and set, then drop hands and set advancing to pass partners left shoulder to left shoulder. All chase clockwise halfway around the set. The ending order is 2, 1, 3.
Suggested music is The Marquis of Lorne from Muckle Carfuffle by The Carfuffle Ceilidh Band.
Carl Dickson dedicates this dance to Eleanor Reed Searle, a family friend who died three and a half months before her eightieth birthday. Eleanor was a swing dancer, not a Scottish Country Dancer. However, she knew of and supported his passion for SCD. She was also a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, avid watercolorist, and gardener. As a committed volunteer she was dedicated to human rights, low-income housing, civil rights and welfare reform and served on many committees and boards in her homes states of Massachusetts and Maine. She received several honors and awards for her hard work.