Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Aviator

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE AVIATOR (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Carola Fischer-Tress RSCDS Book 52

1- 8 1s lead down, on bar 4 1M crosses partner in front and 1L followed by 1M cast up behind 4M and 3M and across into 2nd place facing 3L (2s step up 3-4)
9-16 1s (1L leading) dance ½ alternating tandem reel with 1st corners; 1M continues reel with corners passing 3L LSh while 1L+3M turn LH to face 2L
17-24 1s (1M leading) dance ½ alternating tandem reel with 2nd corners; 1L continues reel with corners passing 2L LSh while 1M+3L turn LH. 1s end in 2nd place opposite sides, 1L facing out
25-32 1s dance up, round 2s by RSh (1L behind 2M, 1M in front 2L) and 1M followed by 1L cast 1 place, across set to end in 2nd place own side (6 bars). All 3 couples set

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

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Dance Information

This dance, The Aviator, was devised for Hans Prade to celebrate his 80th birthday.

The father of the deviser nicknamed Hans "The Aviator" because Hans was keen on flying gliders.

This dance is a depiction of an experience Hans once had of being joined on one of his flights by a Buzzard which mirrored his movements alongside his glider's wingtips.

Buzzard - Information Video

Gliders view of a Buzzard
Buzzard In Flight

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