Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Heathcote Hall

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Heathcote Hall A 32 bar Reel for 3 couples in a 4 couple longwise set

1 - 2 First and second couples set advancing and on the second setting step face up with nearer hands joined with partner.
3 - 4 First couple cast to second place while second couple dance up to first place and face out.
5 - 8 Second, first and third couples dance half reels of three on the sides, first couple dancing in and down to start. Finish the half reels in three bars and all three couples dance into the set on bar 8 ready to dance an Allemande.
9 - 16 Third, first and second couples dance an Allemande, first couple finish back-to-back facing first corners.
17 - 24 First couple set to corners and partners, finishing by setting advancing on bar 24, pulling their right shoulder back to finish back-to-back with the first man facing up and the first lady facing down.
25 - 32 First couple dance left hands across, lady with third couple, man with second couple, first couple then pass left shoulder to dance right hands across, lady with second couple, man with third couple.
First couple finish in second place ready to start again.
Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton, 1993)

Dance Information

Heathcote Hall is a house in New South Wales, Australia, that was built in the 1860's not long after the Illawarra railway line was constructed.

When the dance was written, the front of the dance deviser's home faced the Hall across the street. (The deviser has now moved). The part of Heathcote containing the Hall is within an enclave in the Royal National Park and its gazebo tower used to be used for a fire lookout.

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