Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Celtic Cross (Arrowsmith)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE CELTIC CROSS (S4x32) Sq.Set Ron Arrowsmith Doune Collection

1- 8 All set advancing to partners and pass RSh to turn next person 2H and face partner, all set advancing and turn next person 2H to end Men in middle facing partner
9-16 All dance "The Square Knot":
 9-10 All turn partner ½ RH into allemande hold, Ladies in centre and all facing clockwise
 11-12 All advance 1 place
 13-16 Ladies dance in front of partner and ¼ turn LH to new positions
17-24 Side couples (original 1s+3s) advance passing opposite person RSh and turning to face them, dance ½ RH across; 1L followed by partner dances out through couple in 3rd place while 3L followed by 3M dance out through 1st place back to 'new' positions
25-32 All dance Grand Chain

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

Dance Information

Also see the dance The Celtic Cross (Haynes) by Derek Haynes.

A Celtic cross is a symbol that combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection.

The early Celtic stone high cross is generally in the form of a normal cross with a ring joining the arms for structural strength, often with an extended rectangular or cubic base that is mounted on the ground.

A Celtic Cross
10th century High Celtic Cross

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