Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Freshwater Bay (Burns)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FRESHWATER BAY (J3x32) 3C set M Burns

1- 8 1s set and cast 1 place, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 1s (prom hold) dance ½ diag reel of 3 with 3M+2L (RSh to 3M to start) and ½ reel of 3 with 3L+2M (RSh to 3L)
17-24 1M LH across with 3L+2L (Men's side) while 1L dances RH across with 3M+2M, 1s cross up between 3s and cast to 2nd place opposite sides
25-28 All Ladies slip step right and cross at bottom and dance up own sides while Men slip step left and cross (below Ladies) at bottom and up own side
29-32 1s+3s set to each other on sides and change places (Men RH and Ladies LH). 231

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


Dance Notes

    -16 End face up 2nd place.

24-27 A horseshoe formation with the ladies slipping round a curve inside the men who are going in the opposite direction.


Dance Information

Also see the dance Freshwater Bay (Short) by Mervyn Short.

Some authorities erroneously attribute this dance to Eddie Hutchins.
Eddie used to run several dancing weekends on behalf of the Holiday Fellowship. On one of these, based at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight the weather was so foul that the usual day time walks were abandoned and Eddie set the members on his course to devise a dance. The winning submission by Maggie Burns of Sunderland was subsequently published by Eddie in his Carswella collection.

Track 6 of the Blackwater Collection (SHIEL 024) is suggested for it, and this seems apt as three members of the Craigellachie Band have their weekend homes at Freshwater.

Eddie was also the founder/editor of The Carswellian - the newsletter for Scottish Dancers in the South West of England.

Freshwater is a large village and civil parish, close to steep chalk cliffs at the western end of the Isle of Wight, England. It was the birthplace of physicist Robert Hooke and was the home of Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Freshwater Bay is a small cove on the south coast of the Island which also gives its name to the nearby part of Freshwater.

Freshwater Bay Image
Freshwater Bay


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