DANCING ON WATER
32-bar Strathspey for a 4 couple longwise set
2 chords – couples 3 and 4 start from opposite sides
|1-4||1st couple cross right hand and cast off one place while 4th couple cross right hand and cast up one place.
2nd and 3rd couples step up/down on bars 3-4.
|5-8||2nd + 3rd couples set + cross over right hands to opposite sides (and face in) while 1st and 4th couples (in the middle places) set + link to change places (keep facing the direction they are coming).
All 4 couples may give hands on the sidelines while setting.
|9-12||4th and 1st couples (= middle couples) dance a full right hands across.
At the end 4th couple face up to 2nd couple (which is in top place), and 1st couple faces down to 3rd couple (in bottom place).
|13-16||All turn left hands once round (2nd man + 4th lady; 2nd lady + 4th man; 1st man + 3rd lady; 1st lady + 3rd man).|
|17-24||4th and 1st couple (still middle couples) dance a full “Men’s Chain”.|
|25-28||2nd couple dance a ½ figure of eight down around 4th couple, while 3rd couple dance a ½ figure of eight up around 1st couple. (Start by crossing up or down.)|
|29-32||All four couples turn partner both hands one round.
New order is now: 2 4 1 3
|Repeat 3 more times from new places|
Devised by Martina Mueller-Franz (mcmuellerfranz [at] aol.com), 31. May 2007. This dance was first tried out during a small occasion in Beelen (near Muenster, Germany) in June 2007. We used a small room adjacent to the organiser's house. I subsequently learned that the wooden floor covers their former small indoor swimming pool. This inspired me to call this dance: “Dancing on Water”.