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Couple behind couple all facing anticlockwise, men on the inside of the circle, Gay Gordons hold: join LHs in front, join RHs behind women's shoulders
|16-bar schottisches or polkas.|
|A:|| Walk 4 steps forwards (anticlockwise), then pivot and walk 4 steps backwards (but in same direction). Repeat going other way.|
|B:|| Proceed anticlockwise again with man holding up woman's right hand as she twirls under it, up to 4 times if she's nimble. Take ballroom hold and either galop sideways or do polka turns, progressing round the circle.|
The name refers to the brightly coloured uniforms of the Gordon Highlanders (or so I was told).
I get down and dance this with the crowd. I like to do it with marches first, starting with "Scotland the Brave" but not running it for too long. Then I say "You're doing this really well - how about a few more turns without me calling it?" and we repeat it to Scottish jigs. But I actually do the English version of the dance rather than the Scottish one!
Music: 16-bar schottisches / polkas / marches / jigs