The Celtic Harp

The Celtic Harp   8 X 32 bars Strathspey (2 Couples)

1 – 8   1M and 2W pass R SH, cast to the left around partner, meet up & down the dance, pass L SH, 1M cast to the right behind 2M back to place while 2W casts to the right behind 1W back to place (basically dancing diagonal figure of 8)

The spiral progression, as follows:

9 – 12  1M and 2W woman turn with the right hand and, giving left hand to partner, all balance in line. On the second setting step, 1W and 2M pull back L SH to face clockwise, and join hands with partners.

13-16  1st and 2nd couples, in a diagonal line, dance round one place. 1W and 2M, releasing hands, progress to next position on the sidelines while 1M and 2W continue turning with the right hand to finish on own sides opposite partners, 2nd couple in first place and 1st couple in second place.

17 – 24          2M and 1W repeat bars 1 – 8.

25 – 32          1s & 2s dance full strathspey poussette.

Because this is a Celtic harp, it could be Welsh or Irish, as needed.

Devised 29 February 2012, inspired by the shortage of 2 couple dances appropriate for St. David’s Day.

Possible music:

The Duchess of Atholl’s Slipper, The Bobby Brown Collection, Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent Vol. 2, Track 6

or something sweeping and reminiscent of harp music

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