Land of the Rising Sun

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Name: Land of the Rising Sun Type: Strathspey Times & Bars: 3 X 32
Set: 3 Couple Longwise Minimum couples required 3
Devised by: Wouter Joubert Year[1] 2011
Published in:
Music: Opposites attract

Dance instructions

1 - 4 1s, 2s and 3s, taking hands on the sides, set, advance one step (to briefly touch joined hands in the center) and retire one step.
5 - 8 1s, 2s and 3s, pulling back right shoulders, cast and chase clockwise ½ way round the set. 2s finish by dancing in to face 3rd corners: 2nd man faces 3rd woman in 1st man’s place while 2nd woman faces 1st man in 3rd woman’s place.
9 - 12 2nd couple, 3rd woman and 1st man dance ½ a diagonal reel of four. 2s pass each other by the right to face 4th corners: 2nd woman faces 3rd man in 1st woman’s place while 2nd man faces 1st woman in 3rd man’s place.
13 - 16 2s, 3rd man and 1st woman dance ½ a diagonal reel of four. All three couples are now back in their original starting positions.
17 - 18 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples advance one step to briefly take their partner’s right hand at shoulder height and retire one step.
19 1s, 2s and 3s change places with their partners giving right hands - the women dancing under their partner’s right arms – and finish facing each other in the centre of the dance with right hands still joined.
20 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples retire one step to opposite sides.
21 - 24 1s, 2s and 3s repeat bars 17-20 using left hands.
25 - 28 1s, giving nearer hands, dance up and cast into 2nd place.

2s step up on bars 27-28.

29 - 32 1s followed by 3s, taking nearer hands, dance up and cast: 1s into 3rd place and 3s into 2nd place.


Devised by Wouter Joubert, 20 March 2011, as a tribute to the brave people of Japan who are rebuilding their lives, their homes and their country after the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011.

If you would like to make a donation to a Japan Tsunami Appeal then a suggested website[2] is The British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal website


The suggested music for this dance is Opposites Attract by Wouter Joubert.

Opposites Attract

References & Footnotes

  1. Year denotes the year in which the dance was devised or first published
  2. Suggestion by the webmaster of