Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Scottish Butterfly

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Scottish Butterfly
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 4: A Reel Dozen
Reel   4 x 64 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Square Set

  1-8   BACK-TO-BACK AND TURN: Dance back-to-back around partner and turn each other twice around with right elbow grip and Tulloch steps;

  9-16 HEAD COUPLES THRO' AND BACK: Head couples nearer hands joined, dance across the set and back to place (1st couple dance between 3rd couple on the way over and 3rd couple pass between the 1st couple on the way back);

17-24 SIDE COUPLES THRO' AND BACK: Side couples repeat bars 9-16;

25-32 HEAD COUPLES RIGHTS AND LEFTS;

33-40 SIDE COUPLES RIGHTS AND LEFTS;

41-48 HEAD COUPLES LADIES' CHAIN;

49-56 SIDE COUPLES LADIES' CHAIN: ending with the side women dancing anticlockwise to right hand side of corner AS the side men dance to their corner women;

57-64 PROMENADE: Promenade CORNER anticlockwise around the set ending with the men in original places and their corners on their right hand side.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Notes

The men do not progress at the end of the repeat; instead they acquire as new partners their former first corners who have progressed one place anticlockwise. At the end of the fourth repeat, all original partners are reunited.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Scottish Butterfly Image
A Scottish Butterfly
Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary - Widespread In Scotland


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