Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

London's Burning

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LONDON'S BURNING (J4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt Tartan Rainbow
Each couple dance 32 bars. A New Couple starts after 16 bars (ie on bars 1, 17, 33 and 49)

1- 8 1s+2s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides (1s in and down to start)
9-16 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross LH and cast down 1 place
17-24 (New Couple starts as at bar 1) New couple starts reels of 3 on sides (new top couple in and down to start with original 1s in 3rd place)
25-32 Original 1s+4s facing each other on sides set and change places with nearer hand (1s dancing out), set again to each other and 1s set to partner while new couple dance bars 9-32

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

London's Burning (J4x32) 4C set Sue Petyt Tartan Rainbow
but only 80 bars of music

1-8 The couples in first, second and third place dance a reel of three on the sides, the couple in first place dance in and down, the couple in second place dance out and up, and the couple in third place dance in and up
9-12 First couple cross right hand and cast one place, second couple step up
13-16 First couple cross left hand and cast one place, third couple step up. At this point a new first couple start dancing from bar 1, while the previous first couple continue with the last 16 bars
17-24 The couples in first second and third place dance a reel of three on the sides, as in bars 1-8
25-26 First and fourth couples face down and up and set
27-28 First and fourth couples change places on the sides, the men changing left hand and the ladies changing right hand
29-30 First and fourth couples set on the side
31-32 First couple set
Continue until the original first and fourth couples are back in place. The original first couple should dance the reel of three on the sides to enable the last dancing couple to finish, but should then stand still

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 1997)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

This nursery rhyme is often sung as a 'round', which is the way this dance is written.

London's Burning, London's Burning
Fetch the engine, fetch the engine,
Fire! Fire!, Fire! Fire!,
Pour on water, pour on water

London's Burning Image
London's Burning

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue Petyt.
Image Copyright Rita Greer 2008, under this Copyleft Licence.
Additional search terms: Londons.

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