Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Baldovan Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BALDOVAN REEL (R4x32) 4C set Douglas Henderson Baldovan Dances

1- 8 1s dance RSh round each other and dance Crown Triangles (start with Man facing 3s and Lady facing 2s)
9-16 1s dance reel of 4 with 2nd corners passing RSh
17-24 1s dance reel of 4 with 1st corners passing RSh ending in 2nd place on opposite sides
25-32 1s set and cast 1 place, cross over RH and change places LH on side with 4s

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Baldovan Reel
Douglas Henderson   Baldovan Dances
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s turn by the right ¾ WHILE 2s move up quickly (1s finishing back to back, 1L facing 2s, 1M facing 3s);

  3-8   crown triangles, finishing facing second corners;

  9-16 1s diagonal reel of 4 with second corners;

17-24 1s diagonal reel of 4 with first corners, finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides;

25-28 1s set and cast;

29-30 1s cross by the right below 3s;

31-32 1L4L 1M4M cross by the left on the sides.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  1-2   2s must move up quickly.

  3-8   Maintain the St Andrew's cross position in crown triangles; 1s back to back, all with straight arms on the diagonals.

    -24 1s finish the diagonal reels on the opposite sides.


Baldovan Reel (3 couple version)
D Henderson   Baldovan Dances
Reel   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s turn by the right ¾ WHILE 2s move up quickly (1s finishing back to back, 1L facing 2s, 1M facing 3s);

  3-8   crown triangles, finishing facing second corners;

  9-16 1s diagonal reel of 4 with second corners;

17-24 1s diagonal reel of 4 with first corners, finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides;

25-28 1s set and cast;

29-32 1s turn by right 1½ times.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Special Notes for 3 couple version
Unless there is a live band, the music will be 4 times through and so the original 1s will dance as top couple twice and will be in 3rd place at the end of the dance.

29-32 These are the changed movements.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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Dance Information

Baldovan is a village in the Scottish county of Angus.
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