Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Mentor

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE MENTOR (S96) Sq.Set Brian Charlton RSCDS Book 47

Part 1
1- 8 All Men dance RH across 1¼ times, cast right round opposite Lady and curve in to face her
9-16 All dance interlocking Reels of 4 (no hands in middle) ending with all Men facing in
17-24 All Men circle 4H round to right and pivot left to face same Lady, all set and ½ turn RH to change places and all Ladies face in anticlockwise
25-28 All Ladies dance ¾ LH across as Men dance 1 place clockwise and all Men turn new partners RH once round
29-32 Repeat bars 25-28 but end all facing in (Ladies on left of Men) facing original partners across the set

Part 2
1-32 Ladies repeat bars 1-32 with Ladies leading and end with own partner. 3412

Part 3
1- 8 All set to partner and turn ¾ turn RH into prom hold, all promenade clockwise ½ way round to original places
9-16 1s and 3s set and rotate then dance clockwise to face across the dance, 1s+3s circle 4H round to left ½ way and 1s and 3s dance out to original places
17-24 2s+4s repeat bars 9-16 to original places
25-32 All dance 8H round and back

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


The Mentor A 96 bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a square set.

First Figure.
1 - 8 All four men dance right hands across 1¼ round; they dance out and cast to the right, behind the lady opposite their partner, and curve round by the right to face her.
9 - 16 All four couples dance a double reel of four.
17 - 24 The men dance four hands round to the right in the centre finishing by pulling back their left shoulders to face the opposite lady; all set and, giving right hands, change places.
25 - 32 All dance a double targe:-
' The ladies dance left hands across ¾ round while the men dance on one place clockwise. The men turn the ladies with the right hand; these four bars are repeated, but on bars 31-32 all turn ¾ to finish facing into the centre with the ladies on the left of the men.

Second Figure.
1 - 8 All four ladies dance right hands across 1¼ round; they dance out and cast to the right, behind their (original) partner, and curve round by the right to face him.
9 - 16 All four couples dance a double reel of four.
17 - 24 The ladies dance four hands round to the right in the centre finishing by pulling back their left shoulders to face their partner; all set and, giving right hands, change places.
25 - 32 All dance a double targe:-
' The men dance left hands across ¾ round while the ladies dance on one place clockwise. The ladies turn their partner with the right hand; these four bars are repeated, but on bars 31-32 all turn partner ¾ to finish facing into the centre opposite original places.

Third Figure.
1 - 8 All set to their partners turn ¾ with the right hand to promenade hold and dance two places clockwise to original places.
9 - 16 First and third couples, set and, pulling their right shoulders back, cast into the set to face across the dance. They dance four hands round for two bars and the men lead their partners out to original places...
17 - 24 Second and fourth couples repeat bars 9 - 16.
25 - 32 Eight hands round and back

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Brian Charlton, October, 2007)


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Dance Information

This dance was written to honour Margaret Sim on the occasion of her being presented with a well-deserved RSCDS Branch Award at the Branch Closing Social on 8th December 2007.

Margaret has been a mentor for dancers, teachers, clubs and the Branch over many years.

Music: suitable recorded music is "Singing Sands" on Reflections of Dalriada.



Dance Information by the deviser, Brian Charlton.

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