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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