Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Ceiltich Cross

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Ceiltich Cross
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   1ST COUPLE PETRONELLA AND SET TWICE: 1st couple petronella into the centre, set, petronella between 2nd couple, and set pulling right shoulder back to end with 1st couple back-to-back in the middle facing 2nd couple who have stepped up on bars 1- 2 (end with 1st man facing 2nd woman and 1st woman facing 2nd man);

  9-24 CELTIC REEL: 1st and 2nd couples dance the Celtic Reel as follows:
Bars 9-16: 1ST COUPLE pass 2nd couple by the right shoulder (2 bars) and dance clockwise ¼ round the periphery (2 bars), pass 2nd couple by the right shoulder (2 bars), and turn each other ¾ round with the left hand, AS 2ND COUPLE pass 1st couple by the right shoulder (2 bars), turn each other ¾ round with the left hand (2 bars), pass 1st couple by the right shoulder (2 bars), and dance clockwise ¼ round to the periphery (2 bars);
Bars 17-24: repeat Bars 9-16 ending with 1st couple between 2nd couple facing each other;

25-32 1ST COUPLE'S SOLO: 1st couple set to each other, then cross upwards passing right hands, and cast to 2nd place on own side and set.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)


Dance Notes

As with all dances having the format, 2-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, if dancer numbers so dictate it can be performed in a 3-Couple or 5-Couple Set and with the number of repeats adjusted appropriately.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)



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