Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Auld Acquaintance (Priddey)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

AULD ACQUAINTANCE (S4x32) 4C set Barry Priddey Tam O' Shanter Set
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across, 1L followed by 1M casts below 2nd place and 1L crosses to 3rd place Men's side and 1M ends in 3rd place Ladies' side while 4L followed by 4M casts up above 3rd place and crosses up to 2nd place Ladies' side and 4M ends in 2nd place Men's side (2s and 3s step up/down). (2)4(1)3
9-16 2s+4s also 1s+3s dance LH across, 2L followed by 2M casts below 2nd place and 2L crosses down to 3rd place Ladies' side as 1M dances down to 3rd place while 3L followed by 3M casts up to 3rd place and crosses up above 2nd place Men's side as 4M dances up to 2nd place (4s and 1s step up/down) 4(3)2(1)
17-24 All dance RSh ½ reels of 4 on sides, 1s and 4s turn RH while 2s+3s dance ½ Ladies' Chain
25-32 3L followed by 3M crosses and casts up to top and 3L crosses to Ladies' side as 3M casts up while 2L followed by 2M crosses and casts down to bottom (1s and 4s having stepped into middle places), 3s+1s also 4s+2s turn 2H on sides and all set to partners

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

Dance Information

Also see the dance Auld Acquaintance (Dickson) by John Bowie Dickson.

"Auld Acquaintance" is Scots for "old acquaintance, old friend"

Published in The Tam O' Shanter Book Of Scottish Country Dances - see the Tam O' Shanter - Poem by Robert Burns.

Tam O' Shanter Poem - Information Video

Auld Acquaintances Print
Auld Acquaintances, Tam O' Shanter And Souter Johnny, Drinking At Kirkton Jean's

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