Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Butterfly (Collin)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BUTTERFLY (R4x32) 4C set Gaye Collin

1- 8 1s dance in and cast to 2nd place (2s step up 3-4). 1s+3s Adv&Ret
9-16 1s+3s dance modified Chain Progression:-
' 9-10 1s+3s turn ¾ RH
' 11-14 1M+3L turn LH 1½ times while partners chase clockwise ½ way
' 15-16 3s+1s turn ¾ RH to end 3L behind 1L facing down in middle (Ladies' side) and 1M behind 3M facing up (Men's side)
17-24 Alternating Tandem reels of 3 across, (1L+3L RSh to 4M and 3M+1M RSh to 2L). Lead swaps bars 19-20. All end on own sides. 2314
25-28 1s+4s nearer hands joined set advancing, drop hands to face up. 1s cast to 4th place and face up while 4s nearer hands joined dance up 1 place turning outwards to face down
29-32 1s dance in/up and turn 4s on sides (Ladies RH, Men LH) 2341

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


Butterfly
Gaye Collin  
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s dance in and cast to 2nd place;

  5-8   1s3s take hands on the sides and advance and retire;

  9-14 1s3s dance ¾ of chain progression, finishing 3M3L1M1L on the centre line;

15-16 3s 1s turn ¾ by the right finishing side-by-side with partners in the centre, Mn facing up, Ls down;

17-20 giving right shoulder to 2L to start, 3M1M dance alternating tandem half reel of 3 across with 2s WHILE 1L3L, giving right shoulder to 4M to start, dance alternating tandem half reel of 3 across with 4s;

21-24 giving left shoulder to 2L to start, 1M3M dance tandem half reel of 3 across with 2s WHILE 1L3L, giving left shoulder to 4M to start, dance tandem half reel of 3 across with 4s, all finishing 2s3s1s4s in the side lines;

25-26 1s4s take hands on the sides, set advancing and release hands to finish facing up;

27-28 1s cast to 4th place WHILE 4s take nearer hands and lead up, finishing facing out in 3rd place;

29-32 4M1M turn by the left WHILE 4L1L turn by the right, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

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


Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

  9-16 This is the normal chain progression with slightly modified finishing positions.

17-24 These half reels combine into tandem reels with alternation at the first end only and a modified finish.


Dance Instruction Videos

Butterfly (Collin) - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

The recommended music is The Craven Twelvesome as on the CD, A Tribute to Derek Haynes.
The dance was devised for Kathleen, Glenna, Joan and Ruth.
Butterfly Image
Swallowtail Butterfly


Image Copyright Thomas Bresson

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