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Ddraig Goch

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DDRAIG GOCH (Red Dragon) (R8x32) 3C (4C set) E Paul Bond Ness House 2

1- 8 1M sets advancing as 1L turns about, 1L followed by partner (in Tandem) cast 1 place and dance into centre as 2s step up and 1s+2s dance RH across
9-16 1s dance Tandem reel of 3 with 2M+3M giving LSh to 3M and 1s end in centre
17-24 1s dance Tandem reel of 3 with 2L+3L giving RSh to 3L and 1s end in centre side by side, above 2s, facing down
25-32 1s cross below 2s to own sides, cast up round 3s to finish BtoB in centre (1M facing 3M, 1L facing 3L), set, turn (Men RH, Ladies LH) to dance down between 3s and up to 2nd place
NB At end 2nd time through 1s turn with other hand and finish in 4th place

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


Ddraig Goch
E Paul Bond   Ness House Collection
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1L set, turning on the spot to face out, WHILE 1M set advancing to follow her;

  3-4   1L, followed by 1M, cast and cross to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides;

  5-8   2s1s right hands across, 1s finishing in tandem, 1L leading, facing out on Mn's side;

  9-16 2M1s3M tandem reel of three on the side, 1s3M giving left shoulder to start;

17-24 2L1s3L tandem reel of three on the side, 1s3L giving right shoulder to start, 1s finishing in the centre, facing out toward own sides;

25-28 1s cast on own sides around 3s to finish back-to-back 1M facing 3M, 1L facing 3L;

29-30 3M1M 1L3L set;

31-32 3M1M turn ¾ by the right WHILE 1L3L turn ¾ by the left, finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

  3-24 1s dance in tandem throughout, 1L leading.

24-25 The original instructions require 1s to cross down, implying taking hands, but that is a difficult and unnecessary complication.

31-32 1s 3s must move up half a place during the turns in order to finish 1s in 2nd place, 3s in 3rd; 3s make the polite turn.
To improve the flow of the dance between repeats, the original instructions require that, on the even-numbered repeats, 3M1M turn ¾ by the left WHILE 1L3L turn ¾ by the right to finish 2s3s1s in the active set, i.e., as 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples of the full set with the standing couple in 1st place, all ready for the next repeat.


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Dance Information

"Y Ddraig Goch" is Welsh for "The Red Dragon", as found in the Welsh Flag.
The Welsh Flag
The Flag Of Wales Showing The Red Dragon


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Additional search terms: Y Ddraig Goch, The Red Dragon.

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