Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mrs Nona Craig

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

MRS NONA CRAIG (R4x32) Circle Dance Ruary Laidlaw Dancing Feet
Any number of couples in circle, Lady on Man's right

1- 8 All Advance 2 steps (no hands), clap and Retire. Repeat and face partner
9-16 Men pass partner RSh, dance round partner and behind next Lady (on partner's Right) passing LSh and back to place
17-24 Ladies repeat bars 9-16. Finish facing partner
25-32 Grand Chain 1 bar to each hand (alternative: 2 bars to each hand) to meet new partner and form circle again

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


Mrs Nona Craig
A 4 x 32 bar Reel for any number of couples standing in a circle, men/1s with their partners on their right.

1 - 8 All advance two steps to the middle, without taking hands, clap once and retire back to the side of the set. Repeat and finish facing their partners.

Figures of Eight
9-16 All the men pass their partner by the right shoulder, dance round behind her, then in front of her and on to the next lady. Pass her by the left shoulder, round behind her and dance home.
17-24 All the ladies pass their partner by the right shoulder and repeat bars 9 to 16 and finish facing their partners.

Grand Chain
25-32 All dance a Grand Chain, beginning with the right hand to partner, then left to the next person and so on, alternating hands round the circle, one step to each hand, passing eight people and finish facing a new partner ready to start again.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 2002)


Dance Notes

If the Chain becomes difficult for eight people, change it to two steps for each hand and just pass four people.

Dance Information

Nona Craig started dancing about 1962 in Rotorua. She has been the teacher of the Rotorua Club for about thirty years and has been the senior teacher for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Region (WBOP) for a considerable time. She has served as the WBOP Region Representative on the RSCDS NZ Branch Council and Technical Committee for a number of years and has taught at many Day, Weekend and Summer Schools.

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