Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Slàinte Mhòr

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SLAINTE MHOR (R64) Sq.Set Moira Stacey Decade of Dance

1- 8 1s and 3s dance out between side couple on Left (Man leading) onto opposite place, all circle 8H round to Left ½ way
9-16 2s and 4s dance out between side couple on Right (Lady leading) onto opposite place and all circle 8H round to Right ½ way
17-24 Ladies dance RH across, set and turn partner RH into middle
25-32 Men dance LH across, set and turn partner RH into prom hold
33-40 1s and 3s Promenade ½ way clockwise while 2s and 4s Adv+Ret, 2s and 4s Promenade ½ way clockwise while 1s and 3s Adv+Ret
41-48 1s+3s dance ½ R&L, 2s+4s dance ½ R&L
49-56 1s and 3s dance out between side couple on Right (Lady leading) onto opposite place and all circle 8H round to Right ½ way
57-64 2s and 4s dance out between side couple on Left (Man leading) onto opposite place and all circle 8H round to Left ½ way

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


Dance Information

"Slàinte Mhòr" in Gaelic means "Great Health"; like "Slàinte Mhath", which means "Good Health", it is used as a greeting but much more commonly as a toast with a dram of whisky. "Slàinte Mhòr" should be pronounced as "Sslah~nch~ Voer" in English, and "Slàinte Mhath" as "Sslah~nch~ Vah", with stress always on the first syllable and where:
  "ss" is as in "less";
  "ah" is as in "shah";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ch" is as in "chat"; and
  "oe" is as in "toe".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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