Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Braveheart (Laidlaw)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BRAVEHEART (William Wallace) (R32) Circle Ruary Laidlaw Clapyerhands
Circle Dance, Man has Lady on his right

1- 8 All clap 2 bars (1-2-3-4) All Adv&Ret, All clap 2 bars (1-2-3-4)
9-16 Repeat bars 1-8 but stamp foot instead of clap
17-24 All turn partner RH (4 bars) turn partner LH (4 bars) All face anticlockwise nearer hands joined
25-32 All promenade round and form circle again

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

Braveheart (Or William Wallace)
A 4 x 32 bar Reel, for any number of couples all standing in a circle side by side with partners all facing the centre. 1s with 2s on their right.

1 - 8 All clap their hands 1, 2, 3 and 4, for the first two bars.
All skip forwards 4 steps for the next two bars.
All skip backwards 4 steps to original places for the next two bars.
All clap hands 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the last two bars.
9-16 Repeat the sequence, but with stamping one foot instead of clapping.
17-24 All couples face their partners shake right hands and turn their partner round on the spot for 8 skips.
They then change to left hands shake and turn their partner back to original place for 8 more skips.
At the end of this figure they should all face anticlockwise i.e. to the teacher's right, in a circle holding inside hands with their partner.
25-32 All couples promenade round the circle for 12 skips "and then face in" on 13, 14, 15 and 16 - ready to start again.
Repeat three more times.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw)

Dance Notes

Co-ordinate the end of the left hand turns so that each couple is in position to begin the promenade

Dance Instruction Videos

Braveheart (Laidlaw) - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Also see the dance Braveheart (Drewry) by John Drewry.

Bars 1 to 16 shows the Scots pleasure at Wallace's challenge to Edward I
Bars 17 to 24 shows the soldiers getting ready to march with their "brothers in arms".
Bars 25 to 32 shows the army marching off to battle.

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