Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Celebration Seven

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CELEBRATION SEVEN (R3x32) 3C Triangular set + 1 Man
3 couples in triangular formation with 4th Man in centre, on chord all bow/curtsey inward with 4M bowing to 1s then faces 2s

1- 8 4M sets to 2s, sets to 3s, circles 3H round to right with 1s and ends facing 3s
9-16 4M circles 3H round to left with 3s, turns right about to dance 3H round to right with 2s and ends facing 1s
17-24 4M dances RH across with 1s while 2s+3s dance ½ R&L, 4M dances LH across with 3s while 1s+2s dance ½ R&L
25-32 4M sets twice to 1s (3rd place) as 1L advances, giving RH she turns under 4M's arm back to place, 4M+1M change places RH and 1M faces 2nd place

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

Dance Notes

Although this dance is shown as a 3x32 reel, it would finish with the original 3M in the centre but he would not have danced in that place and, incidentally, 1s, 2s and 3s would not be with their original partners. It would take 12 repeats to get all back to their starting places but that does seem unpractical; 4x32 is the sensible compromise, accepting that 1s, 2s and 3s will not be with their original partners when they leave the floor.

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