Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bluebell Flowers

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BLUEBELL FLOWERS (M-(S64+R64)) 4C set Masako Okada Naitoh To Be A Wind

1- 8 All 4 couples set, 1s and 3s cast down 1 place while 2s+4s cross up 1 place to face partner on opposite sides; All set. 2s and 4s cast down one place while 1s+3s cross up. (1)(2)(3)(4)
9-16 All dance mirror reels of 4 on opposite sides (RSh reels for Men, LSh reels for Ladies)
17-24 All circle 8H round to left 2 places (2 bars), 1s+2s also 3s+4s circle 4H round to left once round (4 bars), all circle 8H round to left 2 places. 4321
25-28 4s+3s also 2s+1s chase 1 place clockwise, all face partner up/down on the sides and set
29-32 All turn partner RH to end in diagonal square set (arranged clockwise 4s, 2s, 1s, 3s) Ladies facing out, Men facing in
33-36 Ladies chase clockwise 1 place, dance in and dance LSh ½ round in middle to end facing diagonally opposite Man (4M+1L, 2M+3L, 1M+4L, 3M+2L)
37-40 All Ladies set to and turn Man LH
41-43 Men chase anticlockwise, dance in and dance RSh ½ round in middle to face original partner
44-48 All set to and turn partner RH to end in longwise set all facing in (Ladies side: 1L 1M 3L 3M, Men's side: 2M 2L 4M 4L)
49-52 All set to couple opposite, 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance LH across ¾ round. (2)1(4)3
53-56 2s and 4s turn partner LH 1½ times to own sides while 1s and 3s turn partner LH. 2143
57-64 All circle 8H round and back

65-128 All repeat bars 1-64 in reel time

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Hyacinthoides non-scripta is a bulbous perennial plant, found in Atlantic areas from north-western Spain to the British Isles, and also frequently used as a garden plant.

It is known in English as the common bluebell or simply bluebell, a name which is used in Scotland to refer to the harebell, Campanula rotundifolia.


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