Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Feel free to use any of the crib pages on this site to help produce your own dance cribs or programmes - (simply copy/paste any cribs) but please note these points first.

  • On the 'Dance Crib pages', the MINICRIB dance instructions are available FREE but, in recognition of the author (Charles Upton, of the Deeside Caledonian Society) and his successors, please leave the MINICRIB footnote that appears below each crib.

  • On the 'Dance Crib pages,' the MAXICRIB dance instructions are available FREE but in return please leave the MAXICRIB footnote that appears below each crib.

  • On the 'Dance Crib pages', any deviser-supplied dance instructions are available FREE but in return please add a short note crediting the deviser wherever you use his/her dance instructions in public.

  • On the 'Dance Crib pages' and the 'Crib Diagrams pages', Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams are available FREE but, in recognition of the author (Keith Rose, of the Bedford Scottish Dance Group) please add a short note crediting him wherever you use his diagrams in public.

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