The Silver Swan

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Dance details

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Name: The Silver Swan Type: Strathspey or Medley Bars: 32 or 32S + 32R
Set: 4 couple longwise (2 couple dance) Devised by: Ruth Barnes
Published in: Online (www.ScottishDancing.org), 2008
Own music: No Suggested music: Unknown

Dance instructions

Strathspey
1 - 2 2s dance towards each other, join nearer hands and dance up between 1s.
3 -4 2s take nearer hands with 1s, all dance up slightly, 2s drop partners hand.
5 - 6 cast in tandem (still holding nearer hands 2s & 1s cast behind own line to face down)
7 - 8 All dance down into 2nd place, on 2nd step 1s turn to face 2s.
9 - 16 Reel of 4 across the dance, finish in original places.
17 - 24 All set, advance & retire & set.
25 - 30 6 bar figure of eight (progression) 1s cast & 2s cross to start.
31 - 32* 1s cross right hand to own side, 2s curve into place.
Reel
*If the medley version is being danced then both couples cross left hands on bars 31 - 32 to finish with 1s in 2nd place on own sides and 2s in 1st place on opposite sides.
1 - 8 4 hands across right hand & back with the left hand. Finish ready for a ladies chain up and down the dance.
9 - 16 Ladies chain up & down the dance.
17 - 24 Circle
25 - 28 1s dance towards each other, join nearer hands, dance down between 2s, take nearer hands with 2s and all dance down for 2 steps.
29 - 30 Cast up in tandem
31 - 32 All dance up in a straight line, Finish in a straight line facing up.

Notes

This dance was devised as a 2 couple demonstration dance. It was to honour French visitors from the town of La Roche sur Yon who came to Coleraine, Northern Ireland in June 2008 as part of the towns twining celebrations.

The name of the dance in French is Le cygne d'argent.

If The Silver Swan is being danced as a medley, it should be danced once through as a 2 couple set with the dancers finishing facing the audience.