Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Banks Of Allen

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BANKS OF ALLEN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) MMM 1

1- 8 1L+2M cross RH, 1s+2s ½ turn partner LH on side to prom hold, 2s dance to 1st place as 1s to 2nd place, set, turn to face each other 2s end opposite side
9-16 1s+2s in prom hold turn to sides (1s to Ladies' and 2s to Men's), 1s+2s set and turn to face each other, 1M+2L cross RH and Men change place on the side LH
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 21

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Banks Of Allen, may come from the The Banks Of Allan Water - Song composed by Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775 - 1818) known as "Monk" Lewis after he wrote his popular terror romance The Monk in 1795.

By the banks of Allan Water
When the sweet springtime did fall
There I saw the miller's lovely daughter
Fairest of them all
For his wife, a soldier sought her
And a winning tongue had he
On the banks of Allan Water, none so gay as she

The Banks Of Allen Water Song - Information Video

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