Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BANNOCKBURN (R4x32) Sq.Set Ruary Laidlaw Clapyerhands

1- 8 All clap 2 bars (1-2-3-4) All Adv+Ret (raise hands and "hooch" in centre) All clap (2 bars)
9-16 1s pass each other LSh, dance round outside of set and back to place (1M anticlockwise, 1L clockwise)
17-24 2s repeat bars 9-16 passing partner RSh
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

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

A 4 x 32 bar Reel, for 4 couples in a square set.
NB It is possible to do this dance with only three couples, or even five couples standing in a small circle.

1 - 8 All four couples clap hands for the first two bars: 1, 2, 3 and 4
All four couples skip four steps to the centre of the set for two bars, raise their right hands up in the centre on four and hooch ( Scottish for yell), or say "Hi!"
All skip four steps backwards to place for two bars and then clap hands for two bars: 1, 2, 3 and 4 and finish facing partners.
9-16 All the 1s pass their partner by the left shoulder and do sixteen skips all the way round the outside of the set and back to place to face their partner.
17-24 All the 2s pass their partners by the right shoulders and do sixteen skips all the way round the outside of the set and back to place. All four couples finish facing in to the centre.
25- 32 All four couples join hands with the person beside them and circle round to the left for eight slip steps (or just walk, or face round and march by themselves) and back to place for eight steps.
Repeat the dance another three times through.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw)

Dance Notes

Co-ordinating movement for bars 1 to 8
Bars 1 to 8 show the men of a "Hedgehog" boosting their morale.
Bars 9 to 24 show them making sure that their "Hedgehog" has no weak points
Bars 25 to 32 show them confident that their strategy will be successful.

Dance Information

The Scottish battle formation was the schiltron (shield-troop), a mass of spearmen forming a "hedgehog" with the spears pointing in every direction.

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