The Australian Ladies (Campbell)
Scottish Country Dance InstructionTHE AUSTRALIAN LADIES (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Robert M Campbell Glasgow Assembly
1- 8 1s cross, cast down to 3rd place and 3s+1s dance RH across
9-16 1s lead up to top, cross, cast to 2nd place and 2s+1s dance LH across
17-24 2s and 3s set and cross RH as 1s cross RH and cast to right; 2s+3s set on sides and change places RH as 1s cross RH up/down centre and cast to right
25-32 3s and 2s set and cross RH as 1s cross RH and cast to right; 3s+2s set on sides and change places RH as 1s cross RH up/down centre and cast to 2nd places. 213
(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
The Australian Ladies
Robert M Campbell Glasgow Assembly
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set
1-4 1s cross and cast two places;
5-8 3s1s right hands across;
9-12 1s lead up two places, cross and cast to second place;
13-16 2s1s left hands across;
17-18 1s cross by the right WHILE 2s 3s set facing partners;
19-20 1s cast to the right WHILE 2s 3s cross, finishing facing up and down;
21-22 1s cross by the right up and down WHILE 2M3M 2L3L set facing up and down;
23-24 1s cast to the right WHILE 2s 3s cross up and down on the sides, finishing facing partners;
25-32 repeat bars 17-24 from new places, finishing 2s1s3s.
(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
3-4 2s3s take hands on the sides and step up.
11-12 3s step down.
16-17 An awkward transition for 1L; it will often be safer not to attempt to get back to the side line but she must pull left shoulder back more than halfway ready for the crossing by the right.
17-32 Quick for 1s.
Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams
Dance Instruction VideosThe Australian Ladies (Campbell) - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video
Dance InformationAlso see the dance Hay's Australian Ladies by Alec Hay.
This dance, The Australian Ladies (Campbell), was devised by Robert Campbell in May 1967 for Jean Conway, Elma See, Lorraine Dyall and Margaret Gray of the Newcastle Colleges Strathspey and Reel Club in Australia.
Recommended Music: The Australian Ladies by William Fergusson Published in Glasgow Assembly And Other Scottish Dances.
Australian Ladies, Queensland, Australia, 1952
Image copyright State Library of Queensland, Australia [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.