Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Merry Go Round

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE MERRY GO ROUND (S2x32) 2C set Marshall McLaughlin Spring Creek Collection

1- 4 1s dance in and up, touch nearer hands, cast back to places while 2s dance similarly dancing in/down to start (a cloverleaf figure)
5- 8 1s+2s dance RH across to places
9-16 1L+2M turn 2H once round. 1M+2L turn 2H once round
17-24 1s+2s turn partners 2H once round opening out into circle 4H round to Left. End in centre, 1s facing down, 2s facing up
25-32 1s+2s dance Rondel:-
' 25 2s make an arch and dance up while 1s dance down under arch
' 26-27 2s cross (2L pass in front of 2M) and both dance into 1st place on opposite sides while 1s cross (1L pass front of 1M) and both dance into 2nd place on opposite sides
' 28 Men make an arch and dance across while Ladies dance under arch and across
' 29-30 Men cross over (1M passing in front of 2M) and dance in to meet partner (as at start of Fig) while Ladies cross (1L passing in front of 2L) and also dance in to meet partner
' 31-32 2s make an arch and dance up to 1st place while 1s dance under the arch to 2nd place

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

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