Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Borrowdale Exchange

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BORROWDALE EXCHANGE (R32) 3C circular set Round The Room Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2
Round the room in 3 Couple Circles

1- 8 All circle 6H round and back
9-16 All Adv+Ret (into centre of circle) and dance DoSiDo with partner
17-24 All dance RH across, Lady with hand is underneath dances out under arch into prom hold with new partner followed by next Lady etc.
25-32 All Promenade with new partners anywhere round the room and hopefully meet with another 2 couples to start again

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


The Borrowdale Exchange
Derek Haynes   Carnforth Collection 2
Reel   n x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Progressive Triangular Set

  1-8   All 6 hands round and back;

  9-12 retaining hands, all advance and retire;

13-16 all dos-à-dos with partner;

17-20 all take hands with opposite (now the new partner) for right hands across, finishing by retaining hold and raising hands into an arch;

21-22 L with lowest right hand dance under the arch to take promenade hold with new partner;

23-24 next L repeat bars 21-22;

25-32 new couples promenade anywhere in the room to find 2 other couples for the next Repeat.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

Note that this dance is progressive by couple as well as by set.

21-24 There is no need to rush this but take care to finish with L on right of new partner.

25-32 There is no need to rush this, either, unless you find yourselves isolated from other free couples.


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