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The Dancing Master

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THE DANCING MASTER (J96) Sq.Set John Drewry Donside Book

1- 8 1s and 3s set and pivot to right and dance round ¼ clockwise inside set (L follows M) and face in, 1s+3s change places with other partner RH and dance clockwise back to partner's place (M follows L)
9-16 1s and 3s dance RH across with corner 2L/4L, 1s and 3s dance across and LH across with other corner 4M/2M to end in place facing clockwise (M behind L)
17-24 1s also 3s dance Tandem reels of 3 with corners, 1s and 3s ending in prom hold facing out
25-32 1s and 3s dance clockwise ½ way round outside of set and dance in back to original places (pass RSh) while 2s and 4s (prom hold) Adv+Ret
33-64 2s and 4s repeat above Figs from beginning (bars 1-32)
65-72 All set to partners and change place RH, Ladies dance ¾ RH across while Men cast 1 place clockwise to meet opposite Lady
73-80 All repeat this Fig (bars 65-72) to end with own partners (opposite to where they started)
81-88 All dance ½ Schiehallion Reel (2 places) back to original places
89-96 All circle 8H round and back. 1234

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


The Dancing Master
John Drewry   Donside Book
Jig   96 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Square Set

  1-2   1M3L 1L3M set, turning on the spot ¾ to finish facing clockwise;

  3-4   1s3s chase ¼ round inside the set finishing facing across between 2s4s;

  5-6   1M3L 1L3M cross by the right;

  7-8   1s3s chase ¼ round clockwise finishing in partners' places;

  9-12 1s2L 3s4L right hands across;

13-16 1s4M 3s2M left hands across;

17-24 2L(1L1M)4M 4L(3L3M)2M reels of 3 (1s 3s dancing in tandem, Ls leading), finishing with 1M 3M moving forward and left of partner for promenade hold;

25-28 1s 3s promenade clockwise outside the set WHILE 2s 4s advance and retire;

29-32 1s 3s passing right shoulder promenade across the set to original places.

33-64 Repeat the previous 32 bars, 2s 3s 4s 1s dancing as 1s 2s 3s 4s, respectively.

65-68 All set to partners and turn by the right halfway;

69-72 Ls right hands across ¾ round WHILE Mn cast clockwise, chase ¼ round and cast inwards to face the opposite lady (4M2L 1M3L 2M4L 3M1L);

73-80 repeat bars 65-72 from new positions, finishing all on opposite sides, Ls facing out;

81-88 all Schiehallion reels halfway;

89-96 8 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


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