Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Carisbrooke Castle

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Carisbrooke Castle
Ken and Ann Neale   Isle of Wight Caledonian Society
Strathspey   72 bars   2 Couple Repeat   2 Couple Set   Square Set
1s (at top) face 2s (Ls on right of partner)

  1-8   1s2s 4 hands round to the left and back, Mn finishing facing out;

  9-16 ladies' chain up and down the set, finishing on the centre line, 1s above 2s, in waltz hold, 1M facing diagonally up and to the left, 2M diagonally down and to the left;

17-24 Mn change to left foot step to start diamond poussette with Highland Schottische step:

17-17 Mn with left foot, Ls with right, dance the first half of a Highland Schottische step;

18-18 continuing the Highland Schottische step, both couples travel sideways on the first beat, Mn passing back to back, and, on the third beat, Ls dance on the spot so that their partners make a ¼ clockwise turn around them, finishing with Ls on the inside, 1L facing down and to the right, 2L facing up and to the right;

19-19 Ls with left foot, Mn with right, dance the first half of a Highland Schottische step;

20-20 continuing the Highland Schottische step, both couples travel sideways on the first beat, Ls passing back to back, and, on the third beat, Mn dance on the spot so that their partners make a ¼ clockwise turn around them, finishing with Mn on the inside, 2s now above 1s, having exchanged positions since bar 17;

21-24 both couples repeat bars 17-20 from new positions, finishing facing as at bar 1, nearer hands joined;

25-32 Bonnie Brux figure for 2 couples:

25-26 1s 2s advance, release hold, take nearer hand with opposite (Mn right, Ls left) and face out to the side;

27-28 1M2L 1L2M advance, finishing by turning on the spot to face opposite L/M and releasing hold;

29-30 all retire up and down the set, finishing by turning on the spot to face partner;

31-32 all advance and turn partner into allemande hold, finishing facing as at bar 1;

33-40 1s 2s double toe-off (Highland) step, twice, finishing by releasing left hands and lowering right hands;

42-44 1s2s right hands across;

45-48 1s2s left hands across, Mn retaining left hand hold, each L dancing out to the right of partner and taking nearer hand to finish 1L1M2M2L in line up and down the centre;

49-56 1s2s double left hands across, finishing 1L1M2M2L in line up and down the centre, Ls releasing hold, Mn raising left hands to make an arch;

57-64 Ls dance in front of partner into figures of 8 around Mn, passing right shoulder under the arch and then left shoulder, finishing by taking allemande hold with partner;

65-71 1s 2s dance anticlockwise around the set in allemande hold;

72-72 1s 2s unwind allemande hold to face partners, releasing left hands but retaining right hands to finish ready for bow and curtsey.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

17-24 As an aide-mémoire, the dancer who is on the right foot step (and also on the outside) must not travel sideways on the 7th beat of the 2-bar step; instead s/he must dance on the spot so that her/his partner naturally makes the ¼ turn around her/him.

33-40 Double toe-off (Highland) step is a derivative of the Glasgow Highlanders' step with a different first bar.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Information

The recommended recorded music is that for Rouken Glen.

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