Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CABERFEI (R8x32) 3C (4C set) 18C Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back to places
9-16 1s lead down (for 1 step) and up, cast 1 place, lead down between 3s, cast up behind 3s to face 1st corners
17-24 1s ½ set and dance ½ reels of 4 with 1st corners, ½ set to 2nd corner and dance ½ reels of 4. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 3s+1s+2s ½ set, circle 6H round to left ½ way and all turn RH

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

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"Caberfei" is one of many anglicized forms of "Cabar Feidh" which means "A Deer's Antlers" in Gaelic; The Queen's Own Highlanders had a deer's head and antlers in their regimental crest and so their regimental association's website is appropriately named.
"Cabar Feidh" should be pronounced as "Kap~r Fayee" in English, with stress on the first syllable of each word, where:
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ay" is pronounced as in "bay"; and
  "ee" is pronounced as in "beet".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

Deer's Antlers Image
A Deer's Antlers

Image Copyright Martin Falbisoner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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