Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Double Eights

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Double Eights
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 5:
3x40 Strathspey
3-couple Longways set

  1-8   FIGURE OF 8 ON SIDE: 1st couple dance a mirror figure of 8 on own side;

  9-16 DOUBLE FIGURE OF 8: 1st and 3rd couples dance a double figure of 8 across the dance around 2nd couple (3rd cast up to begin);

17-24 1ST COUPLE DANCE DOWN, CAST UP ROUND 3RD COUPLE AND TURN RH: 1st couple dance down and cast up round 3rd couple (4 bars)(2nd couple step up on bars 19-20), then right hand turn ending in promenade hold facing up;

25-32 PROMENADE REEL OF 3 ACROSS: 1st couple dance a right shoulder reel of 3 with 2nd couple, ending with 1st couple in the middle facing up as 3rd couple steps in behind them;

33-40 LOOP UP AND BACK-TO-BACK: 1st and 3rd couples nearer hands joined dance up between 2nd couple and cast, then dance back-to-back with partner.


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

Dance Information

Devised for Dorothy Walker's 88th birthday

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