Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Scotia Sea

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SCOTIA SEA (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring Scotia Suite

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back
9-16 1s cast and cross down into reels of 3 on the opposite side ending (1)23
17-24 1s cast below 3s and dance up into double triangle position, 1s set with corners and rotate ¼ right to face up/down and set (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s)
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 across (1L with 2s and 1M with 3s) giving RSh to 4th corners and cross RH to 2nd places

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


Scotia Sea
Roy Goldring   Scotia Suite
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   1s lead down the middle and back, finishing in places facing out;

  9-12 1s cast into half reels of 3 on own sides, finishing by crossing down to face out in 3rd place on opposite sides;

13-16 3s2s1s half reels of 3 on the sides, 1s finishing facing out in partner's place;

17-20 1s cast two places and lead up to face out in 2nd place on opposite sides;

21-24 all dance 4 bars of crown triangles, finishing 1L facing up, 1M down;

25-30 reels of 3 across, 1s giving right shoulders to partner's second corner;

31-32 1s cross to 2nd place.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  1-32 This dance flows beautifully from each figure to the next.

  9-16 2s3s dance normal mirror reels of 3.

11-12 1s cross down from 2nd place to face out in 3rd place on opposite sides.

19-20 1s take nearer hands, finishing by 1L pulling left shoulder back, 1M right.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Habitually stormy and cold, the Scotia Sea is the area of water between Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, South Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and bordered on the west by Drake Passage.

These island groups all sit on top of the Scotia Ridge, which frames the Scotia Sea north, east, and south. The Scotia Sea covers an area of about 900,000 km².The islands here are rocky and partly covered in ice and snow the year round.

Scotia Sea Image
Launching The James Caird From The Shore Of Elephant Island for The Scotia Sea, 24 April 1916

This shows the launching of the open lifeboat used by Ernest Shackleton and a small crew to travel to inhabited South Georgia to organize a rescue mission for the remainder of his failed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17. Following the breakup of Endurance in the ice of the Weddell Sea, the crew had reached the uninhabited Elephant Island where they had effectively become stranded with winter approaching.
Scotia Sea Image
Approximate Area Of The Scotia Sea In The Southern Hemisphere


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