Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Arbroath 700

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Arbroath 700 4x32 Reel Norma MacLeod 2020

1-8 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance RHA, LHA
9-16 1s cast down own side followed by 2s,3s,4s. Meet partner dance up staying in the middle.
17-24 2s make an arch and 1s dance under to face 3s while 2s dance up to 1st place. 1s make an arch and 3s dance under and up to 2nd place while 1s face 4s. 4s make an arch and 1s dance under to 4th place while 4s dance up to 3rd place. All turn RH.
25-32 2s,3s,4s,1s circle round and back.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Norma MacLeod, 2020)

Dance Notes

Bars 1-8 represent the vaulted ceilings in Arbroath Abbey.
9-16 The walk to the harbour known as the long walk.
17-24 Travelling by boat across the waves and meeting the Pope.
25-32 Coming together with friends.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Norma MacLeod, 2021)

Dance Information

This reel, Arbroath 700, was devised to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.

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