Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Canadian Barn Dance

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Round the room dance, couples facing anticlockwise (Ladies on partners right)

1- 4 Starting with outside foot walk forward for three steps and hop, walk backwards for three steps and hop
5- 8 Skip sideways away from partner (Men towards the centre, Ladies outwards) for two steps and clap, return to partner in waltz hold.
9-12 Skip sideways to the Man's left for two steps and back
13-16 Polka anticlockwise round the room

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

Dance Notes

There is also a progressive version with the following modification:

  5-6   M travel diagonally backward while moving away from partner, L diagonally forward.

  7-8   M travel diagonally forward to new partner, L diagonally backward. New partner is L originally behind partner for the M, M originally in front of partner for the L.

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Dance Information

A barn dance is any kind of dance involving traditional or folk music with traditional dancing, occasionally held in a barn, but, these days, much more likely to be in any suitable building.

The term "barn dance" is usually associated with family-oriented or community-oriented events, usually for people who do not normally dance. The caller will, therefore, generally use easy dances so that everyone can join in.

A barn dance can be a ceilidh, with traditional Irish or Scottish dancing, and people unfamiliar with either format often confuse the two terms. However, a barn dance can also feature square dancing, contra dancing, English country dance, dancing to country and western music, or any other kind of dancing, often with a live band and a caller.

Canadian Barn
Canadian Barn, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

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