Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Belfast Hooley

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Belfast Hooley (R4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1994

1-2 All set
3-4 The 1st couple cast off one place while the 2nd couple dance up, likewise the 3rd couple dance down while the 4th couple cast up one place
5-6 The 2nd couple cast off one place while the 1st couple dance up, likewise the 4th couple dance down while the 3rd couple cast up one place
7-8 The 1st couple cast off one place while the 2nd couple dance up, likewise the 3rd couple dance down while the 4th couple cast up one place
9-12 The 1st and 4th couples dance right hands across
13-16 The 1st and 4th couples dance left hands across, retaining left hands to end facing up
17-24 The 1st and 4th couples change places with an allemande
25-32 All dance eight hands round and back

Repeat three more times from new places each time

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Notes

Bars 3-8
All couples should use nearer hands when dancing either up or down the middle and cast out to sidelines to continue the 'loop'.

Dance Information

This dance, The Belfast Hooley, was devised by Lewis Derrick for the members of the Belfast Branch of the RSCDS.

Suggested tune: Three Girls of Portree.

Devised 1994, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 1994, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #28, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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