Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Fairfield Bridge

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FAIRFIELD BRIDGE (R32) Round The Room Ruary Laidlaw Dancing Feet
Round the room dance, 2 facing 2 round room, Lady on Man's right

1- 8 All dance RH across and LH across
9-16 1s (couple facing clockwise) lead through 2s, drop hands, cast away from each other back to places and turn RH (4 bars)
17-24 2s repeat bars 9-16 dancing through 1s
25-32 1s make arch, 2s with nearer hands joined dance under. Each couple continues dancing under arch or making arch alternately, passing 4 couples. Face 5th couple to start again

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

Fairfield Bridge
A 4 x 32 bar Reel, one couple facing another couple, round the room, men/1s with their partners on their right. The first couples face clockwise and the second couples face anti-clockwise. They make a small set that dance together as below:-

1 - 8 Both couples put their right hands in to do a wheel round for four steps, and back with the left hand for four steps.

Lead Through and Cast Away
9-16 The first couple (those facing clockwise) give right hands to each other and lead across the set between the second couple, drop hands and cast away from each other back to their own place, and then turn with the right hand for four steps.
17-24 The second couple repeats the movement.

25-32 Each couple joins inside (or nearer) hands with their partner. All the first couples (facing clockwise) raise their joined inside hands to make an arch and dance "over" the second couples (facing anti-clockwise) who dance underneath, for two steps.
All couples keep dancing in the same direction round the room, alternating between arches or dancing underneath every two steps. They finish after having passed four couples and face the next couple ready to start again.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 2002)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The Fairfield Bridge spans the Waikato River in Hamilton, New Zealand. It is distinguished by its large concrete arches.

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