Niols’s Collection of (Mostly Unpublished) Scottish Country Dances

The Mall in St. James’s Park

32-bar strathspey for three couples in a three-couple longwise set

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See this dance in the Scottish Country Dance Database.

1st couple set, cross right hand, cast off one place, advance in the middle and pull right shoulder to face first corners. 2nd couple step up on bars 5-6.
1st couple turn first corners both hands, pass each other right shoulder, turn second corners both hands and pass each other right shoulder to finish on own sides facing out.
2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance parallel reels of three in six bars on the lines, 1st man giving left shoulder to 3rd man and 1st woman giving right shoulder to 3rd woman. On bars 23-24, 1st and 3rd men exchange place left shoulder while 1st and 3rd women exchange place right shoulder.
3rd and 1st couples dance the Poussette.
Repeat from new positions.
Devised by Nicolas “Niols” Jeannerod in 2018. The name was suggested by Christophe Schuwey in reference to the painting of the same name by Thomas Gainsborough.

Recommended music: The Mall in St. James's Park, by Nicolas “Niols” Jeannerod.