Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Confederation Square

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CONFEDERATION SQUARE (R1x88) Sq Set Gene A MacKinnon Ardbrae 50 Years
1- 8 1M+4L and 3M+2L dance ½ R&L. 1L+2M and 3L+4M dance ½ R&L
9-16 All turn partners RH and turn corners LH to face partners
17-24 1s+3s set to partners, petronella turn into line up/down set, Ladies BtoB facing partners. 1s+3s turn partners RH remaining in line in middle
25-32 2s+4s repeat bars 17-24 into line across set (couples are now in a cross-shaped figure)
33-40 All set to partners and change places RH, all set to partners and change places LH. Ladies face in
41-48 Ladies dance RH across and LH back to face partners while Men dance anticlockwise round set through each place (straight line paths) back to places
49-52 Men dance behind partners LSh, dance in front of next lady in clockwise direction to end in corner positions (1M between 2nd+3rd place, 3M between 4th+1st place) while Ladies Adv+Ret
53-56 Ladies dance out, cast to Left (round Man to Left) then diagonally across to face partner (Ladies BtoB) while Men Adv+Ret
57-64 Ladies dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting, end facing partner while Men set, dance 1 place clockwise to next corner, set to next Lady, repeat until meet own partners. (Men dance behind Ladies)
65-76 Interlocking reels of 4 on diagonals, passing partner RSh and LH across ½ way in middle
77-80 All take promenade hold with partners facing clockwise (Ladies on inside) and promenade ½ way round
81-88 All circle 8H round and back to original places

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

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