Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Dancing Dominie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DANCING DOMINIE (S4x32) 4C set Jean Attwood

1- 8 All set on sides and ½ turn partners 2H, 1M and 2L also 3M and 4L lead partners by nearer hand on 1 place clockwise (1s and 3s on Ladies' side and 2s and 4s on Men's side), all set, 1L and 3L cast down 1 place while 2M and 4M cast up 1 place as others cross to own side to face partner
9-16 All set, 2s and 3s (end couples) cross RH while 1s and 4s dance ½ RH across, all change places LH on side, end couples cross RH while middle couples dance ½ RH across (4s and 2s face down 3s and 1s face up). 4231
17-24 All turn facing person LH, set advancing and pass LSh, 1s and 4s (centre couples) turn facing person RH and set advancing and pass LSh
25-32 3s+1s also 4s+2s circle 4H round to left all ending in a line up/down set (Ladies facing up and Men down), all set and petronella turn to sides. 3142

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


Dance Information

Dominie is a Scots language and Scottish English term for a Scottish schoolmaster or a minister, usually of the Church of Scotland but sometimes of other presbyterian churches in Scotland.

When the Church of Scotland began to introduce universal provision of education in Scotland after it became established as a national church in 1560, its aim was for each church to have a university educated schoolmaster, so that there was a school for every parish. The minister often also served as the schoolmaster, and was commonly called the "dominie". Over time this came to be used as a slightly contemptuous term for a minister or for a schoolmaster.



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