Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Banks Of Clyde

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BANKS OF CLYDE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1

1- 8 1s followed by 2s+3s cast on own sides and cross RH below 3rd place and dance up other side
9-16 1s+2s+3s Adv+Ret, cross RH and set
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance the Rondel

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


The Banks of Clyde
Anon   Miss Milligan's Miscellany 1
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-3       2s 3s lead up (nearer hands) to follow 1s casting on own sides to 3rd place;

  4-5       2s 3s continue to follow WHILE 1s take right hands and cross down below 3rd place;

  6-8       2s 3s continue to follow WHILE 1s cast up on opposite sides (outside the casting 2s 3s), all finishing in partner's place, facing in;

  9-12     1s2s3s take hands on the sides and advance and retire;

13-14     all cross by the right;

15-16     1s2s3s take hands on the sides and set;

17-24     taking right hands, 1s lead down the middle and back, finishing facing down and retaining hold;

25-32     1s2s rondel:

    25-26 1s cross down under arch made by 2s dancing up, 2s finishing half a place above 1st place, 1s half a place below 2nd place, all on opposite sides facing out;

    27-27 2s cast to 1st place WHILE 1s cast up to 2nd place, finishing 2s1s on opposite sides;

    28-29 2L1L cross under arch made by 2M1M dancing across, all finishing in original places, 1s facing up, 2s down;

    30-30 1s dance up, in and down WHILE 2s dance down, in and up, finishing 1s facing down, 2s up, all with nearer hands joined;

    31-32 1s lead down under arches made by 2s finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

  1-8       A correspondent found that her 1s were on a collision course when casting up while the 2s and 3s were still casting on their own sides. The RSCDS recommends that the casting up should be outside those still casting. However, this means that, where there are two or more lines of sets, these will have to be spaced more widely than usual in order to accommodate two dancers casting and two casting up. Normally, this spacing is about half the width of a set; here a whole width is needed.

  1-6       Where there are two or more lines of sets, casting dancers should not follow the socially charming, but unofficial, practice of taking nearer hands with the dancer in the adjacent set.

  6-8       Where there are two or more lines of sets, each dancer casting up is well-advised to take nearer hands with the dancer in the adjacent set.

25-32     On the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, use rondel for 3 couples with the following modified movements:

    30-30 1s dance up, in and down WHILE 2s dance down, in and up WHILE 3s advance (left foot step) and face up, finishing 1s facing down, 2s 3s up, all with nearer hands joined;

    31-32 1s lead down under arches made by 2s3s, all finishing 2s3s1s.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The River Clyde is a major river of Scotland with its source in the Southern Uplands. It flows through Glasgow, past the, now mostly closed, shipyards of Govan, Partick, Whiteinch, Scotstoun and Clydebank and out via the Firth of Clyde to the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The Banks Of Clyde Image
The Banks Of The River Clyde Near Lower Carbarns


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Text from this original River Clyde article on Wikipedia.
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