Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rudha Dubh

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

RUDHA DUBH (R8x48) 2C (4C set) Helen L Wood RSCDS Book 23

1- 8 1L+2L set advancing, turn partner 2H and retire
9-16 1M+2M repeat above Fig
17-24 1M+2L set and change places RH, 2L+2M set and change places LH on side
25-32 1s+2s dance Ladies' Chain
33-40 2s followed by 1s dance down, ½ turn (Ladies Under Man's arm) and 1s+2s lead back
41-48 1s+2s dance Poussette

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Rudha Dubh is a quite common name for a headland in the islands off north west Scotland, with notable examples on the west side of North Uist (Uibhist a Tuath) and on the east side of Tiree (Tiriodh) facing Coll (Colla) across the sound.

"Rudha Dubh" in Gaelic means "Black Point" or "Black Promontory" and should be pronounced as "Roo~ Doo" in English, "Uibhist a Tuath" as "Ueisht ~ Too~", "Tiriodh" as "Cheeree" and "Colla" as "Koul~" with stress always on the first syllable and where:
  "oo" is as in "noon";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ue" is as in "cue";
  "sh" is as in "shot";
  "ee" is as in "beet"; and
  "ou" is as in "loud".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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