Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ALLTSHELLACH (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Elizabeth D Gilroy RSCDS Book 23

1- 8 1s+2s set to partners, turn 2H and dance ½ Diamond Poussette
9-16 1s followed by 2s lead down and back to original places (2s dividing and turn in behind 1s)
17-24 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across (1L and 2M passing LSh to start)
25-32 1s+2s dance Tournée:
 1s+2s dance into prom hold (Men with partner on right, 1s face Men's side and 2s Ladies' side), couples ½ wheel anticlockwise and Men turn Ladies into middle, both couples turn 1½ times (2s RH, 1s LH) and dance out to places

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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The derivation of this dance name comes from allt (or uillt) Scottish term for a stream, burn or brook and shellach (or seilach) for a willow tree.

Alltshellach is the name of a magnificent traditional Scottish house on the shores of loch Leven near the Ballachulish bridge and was originally the country residence of the Bishop of Argyll.

Looking North To Loch Leven From Ballachulish Nearby Alltshellach

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