Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Aad's Farewell To Delft

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Aad's Farewell To Delft (64 bar reel in a square) Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Delft Book Of Scottish Country Dances

1-8 All ladies advance [2], set turning [2], dance back to back with partner [4].
9-16 All couples turn partner halfway round to change places [2], and set [2], all men dance left hands across in the middle [4] (2nd and 4th men finish in original places, while 1st and 3rd men stay in the middle).
17-24 1st and 3rd couples dance a right shoulder reel of four.
25-32 2nd and 4th couples, in promenade hold, dance round the set clockwise, back to original places.
33-40 1st and 3rd couples advance [2], give hands to the person opposite and set to 2nd and 4th couples [2], lead through them, divide and dance back to original places [4].
41-48 2nd and 4th couples repeat bars 33-40.
49-56 All men dance left hands across halfway, with the ladies on the outside [4], the ladies dance right hands across with the men on the outside, back to places [4].
57-64 All four couples dance eight hands round and back.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters, The Hague, 1997)


Dance Information

This dance, Aad's Farewell To Delft, was devised for Add Boode on the occasion of his departure to Dublin, July 1997, to thank Aad for all he did for the Delft Branch during 28 years.

The recommended music is Aad's Farewell To Delft composed by Alastair C. Hunter.

RSCDS Delft Branch is located in Voorburg, (distance between Delft and Voorburg is 8 kilometers (5 miles)) in the Netherlands.

(Dance information by the deviser, Anne-Miek Klokgieters)


Delft is a city and a municipality in the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, to the north of Rotterdam and south of The Hague.

Voorburg is a Dutch town and former municipality in the west part of the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. Together with Leidschendam and Stompwijk, it makes up the municipality Leidschendam-Voorburg. It has a population of about 39,000 people, is considered to be the oldest city in The Netherlands and celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 1988.

In 2002, the cities of Leidschendam and Voorburg were merged under the new municipality named "Leidschendam-Voorburg". Situated adjacent to the city of The Hague, it is often regarded as one of its suburbs.

Voorburg, the most densely populated of the three towns in the municipality, has its roots in the 2nd century, when a local civilian settlement gained city rights from the Romans, becoming known as Forum Hadriani. It was along the Fossa Corbulonis, a canal connecting the Rhine and the Meuse that had been dug in 47 AD by the Roman general Corbulo.

This waterway is now known as the Rijn-Schie canal (more commonly referred to as the Vliet) and is still a dominant landmark of the present day borough.

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque Period painter painting mostly domestic interior scenes. "Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft"

Delft - Information Video

View Of Delft, oil on canvas by Johannes Vermeer
"View Of Delft" Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Oil On Canvas, c. 1660-1661


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Text from this original Voorburg article on Wikipedia.
Text from this original Johannes Vermeer article on Wikipedia.
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