Scottish Country Dance Instruction
(J4x32) 4C set Ruth Rintoul Alba Smiles Better
1- 8 All set, 1s and 3s cast down 1 place while 2s and 4s cross up 1 place, all dance ½ reel of 4 on sides (RSh Ladies' side and LSh Men's side)
9-16 3s+4s also 1s+2s dance ½ R&L, 4L+3L also 2L+1L cross diagonally RH, 4M+3M also 2M+1M cross RH
17-24 1s+2s (bottom couples) dance ½ RH across, 4s+2s dance ½ LH across, 3s+2s dance ½ RH across, 3s and 1s cross RH
25-32 All circle 8H round and back
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams
"Alba" is the Gaelic name for "Scotland". In Gaelic, it should be pronounced as "Al~p~" in English with stress on the first syllable and with the convention that "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound. However, in this mixed English/Gaelic title, it is acceptable to pronounce "Alba" as though it were English.
See Gaelic Dance Names
for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
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