Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Bookworm

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BOOKWORM (R88) 3C Triangular set Vicky Sennet Dunedin Dances Book 4

1- 8 All circle round once to left, advance into centre and turning inwards dance out to places and turn away from each other
9-16 1L crosses in front of 1M to dance reels of 3 (Man with 3s - LSh to 3L and Lady with 2s - RSh to 2M)
17-24 1L crosses in front of 1M to dance reels of 3 (Man with 2s - RSh to 2M and Lady with 3s - LSh to 3L)
25-32 1s and 3L+2M change places 1s dancing under arch made by 2M+3L and cross to new position, repeat with Ladies in 2nd place dancing under arch made by 2M+3M and cross
33-40 Dancers in 3rd place dance under arch made by 3s and cross (all now in original places), all set to partners and turn RH
41-48 All dance Grand Chain ending with Ladies BtoB in centre facing partners
49-56 All set and ½ turn RH, Ladies dance clockwise 1 place into centre BtoB while partners follow and face them
57-64 All repeat bars 49-56 to end facing partners. 231
65-72 All set and ½ turn RH, all chase clockwise to partner's original place and ½ turn RH to end with Ladies facing out for...
73-84 All dance "Schiehallion" - like reels through all 3 positions giving RH across in centre (12 bars)
85-88 All turn partners RH

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


Dance Information

Devised in memory of Donnie Muirhead - a fine man, a good friend, an avid collector and reader of books and godfather to Vicky and Chris's little daughter Isobel.

Bookworm Painting Image
"The Bookworm" Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885), Oil On Canvas, c. 1851


Image Copyright Carl Spitzweg [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Back to the top of this Scottish Country Dancing Instructions 'The Bookworm' page