Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CALLANISH (S96) Sq.Set John Drewry Bankhead Book 4

1- 8 1s+3s dance ½ RH across, cast (Men to right and Ladies to left), meet behind 2s/4s, dance between 2s/4s crossing to original place and turn partner LH
9-16 1s+3s Adv&Ret and turn corners with other hand
17-18 Men set while Ladies dance in, Ladies pass each other LSh and curve to left, then turn right about to face partner
19-20 All change places with partner LH
21-22 Men change places with opposite Lady RH, Men pass LSh dancing back towards places while Lady dances to partner's place
23-24 All turn partner RH to original places
25-32 All dance interlocking reels of 4
33-64 2s+4s repeat bars 1-32
65-72 All Men dance LH across, giving RH to partner and all Set&Link with partners
73-80 All Ladies dance LH across, giving LH to partner and all Set&Link with partners to end in original places
81-88 All turn partner RH, corner LH, partner RH and corner LH
89-96 All circle 8H round to left for 4 steps, turn partner 2H and continue to circle 8H round to places

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Callanish is a village on the West Side of the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

A linear settlement with a jetty, it is situated on a headland jutting into Loch Roag, a sea loch and it lies 13 miles west of Stornoway.

Calanais is the location of the Callanish Stones, a cross-shaped setting of standing stones erected around 2000 BC, one of the most spectacular megalithic monuments in Scotland.

Callanish Stone Circle

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