Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

DRUMELZIER (S4x32) 4C set Christopher Blair 2 SCDs

1- 8 All cross RH and dance ½ RH across (1s+2s and 3s+4s), repeat with LH back to place
9-16 All set, circle 8H round to left ½ way to end in square formation and retaining hands set
17-24 1s and 4s dance ½ R&L (longways), 2s and 3s dance ½ R&L (across)
25-32 All turn partners RH, 1s dance down middle while 2s+3s+4s set and dance up 1 place. 2341

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

Christopher Blair   2 Scottish Country Dances
Strathspey   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   All turn halfway by the right, retaining hold;

  3-4   1s2s 3s4s right hands across halfway;

  5-6   all turn halfway by the left, retaining hold;

  5-8   1s2s 3s4s left hands across halfway;

  9-10 all set;

11-14 all 8 hands round to the left halfway, finishing in a square set format, 4s at the top (1st place), 3M2M in 2nd place, 1L on 1M's left at the bottom (3rd place), 3L2L in 4th place;

15-16 all set;

17-20 4s1s half rights and lefts up and down, finishing in original places (of the longwise set);

21-24 3s2s half rights and lefts across, finishing in original places (of the longwise set);

25-28 all turn partners by the right;

29-32 1s lead down (nearer hands) and cast up into 4th place WHILE 2s3s4s take hands on the sides, set and step up one place, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

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

Dance Notes

  2-3   Retaining right hand hold facilitates the transition from turn to hands across.

  6-7   Retaining left hand hold facilitates the transition from turn to hands across.

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Dance Information

Drumelzier (pronounced "drummellier") is a village in the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders.

The village takes its name from Drumelzier Castle, located hard by the River Tweed not far from the village centre. It was the ancient seat of the Tweedie family, first chartered to Roger de Twydyn about 1320.

It is said that it was here, that Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend, was imprisoned by Morgan la Fay, in a tree.

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