Scottish Country Dance Instruction
Teresa Lockhart Adapted from A Canonbie Ceilidh
Reel n x 32 bars n Couple Repeat n Couple Set Progressive Large Circular Set
1-8 Each L figure of 8 (dance in front of and all round partner and then in front of and all round first corner (M on her right));
9-16 each M figure of 8 (dance in front of and all round partner and then in front of and all round first corner (L on his left));
17-20 taking hands with partner, all advance and retire;
21-22 retaining hands with partner, all advance;
21-24 retaining hands with partner, all retire, each L pulling left shoulder back to face partner;
25-28 all dos-à-dos with partner;
29-32 each M take right hand with L to right of partner and turn by the right to finish in the circle.
(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
This adaptation is a simplification of A Canonbie Ceilidh
, avoiding the complicated form of dos-à-dos. The repeat length is reduced to 32 bars which is less counter-intuitive for dancers and actually preferred by many musicians.
(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)
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