Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Highland Welcome (Forbes)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A HIGHLAND WELCOME (R32) Round The Room Bill Forbes Craigievar Book 1
Round the room dance, 2 facing 2

1- 8 Both couples circle to left and back again
9-16 Both couples dance RH across and LH back to places
17-24 All turn opposite partner LH and face own partner, turn partner RH and end facing other couple
25-32 All Adv+Ret, all couples advance (couples facing clockwise round the room make arches) and pass to meet new couple

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


A Highland Welcome (Forbes)
Bill Forbes   Craigievar Book 1
Reel   n x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   2 Couple Set   Progressive Round the Room Set
1s face 2s around the room, 1s going clockwise, 2s anticlockwise.

  1-8   All 4 hands round and back;

  9-16 all 4 hands across and back;

17-20 1M2L 1L2M turn by the left, finishing facing partners;

21-24 1s 2s turn by the right;

25-28 1s 2s advance and retire;

29-32 1s 2s advance, 1s pass under the arch made by 2s and continue to meet the next couple.

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


Dance Notes

29-32 Original instructions have 1s making the arches but we retain the local mnemonic of "anticlockwise arches".


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

Also see the dance A Highland Welcome (Dickson) by John Bowie Dickson.

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