Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bratach Astralia

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BRATACH ASTRALIA (S4x32) 4C set D Chitts Melbourne Book 2

1- 8 1L dances anticlockwise around set back to place while others dance RH (touch fingers only) across and 1s cross passing LSh
9-16 1s dancing out turn 2s 1½ times on sides with nearer hand, 1s turn 3s 1½ times with other hand
17-24 1s turn 4s 1½ times with other hand and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 4s
25-32 2s+3s dance RH across and LH back while 4s+1s dance LH across and RH back

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

Dance Information

"Bratach Astralia", or perhaps more strictly, "Bratach Astrailia" means "Flag of Australia"; it should be pronounced as "Braht~ch Ahsstrahly~" in English, ideally with stress on the first syllable of both words though this is difficult for the English speaker to manage for "Astrailia".
Note that:
  "ah" represents the long form of "a" as in "shah";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  ch is as in "loch";
  "ss" represents the sibilant form of "s" as in "less" rather than the "z" sound in English plurals; and
  "y" is as in "yet".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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