Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Ceol Na Mara

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CEOL NA MARA (S4x32) 4C set Wesley Clindinning SCD Archives and Canada's Irish Rover

1- 8 All set, 1s and 3s cast down 1 place (2s and 4s step up); 1s and 3s dance ½ Figs of 8 round couples above them to end in centre BtoB, 1s between 2s, 3s between 4s facing opposite side
9-16 All set Highland Schottische and dance ½ reel of 4 across to end all on opposite sides. 2143
17-24 All dance Petronella to own sides ready for Poussette
25-32 2s+1s and 4s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette to original places; 1s progress to 4th place: 1M+2M change places RH, 1M+3M LH, 1M+4M RH while 1L+2L change places LH, 1L+3L RH, 1L+4L LH. 2341

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

Dance Information

"Ceol na mara" means "Music of the sea" in Gaelic; it should be pronounced as "Kyawl na mahr~" in English, with stress on the first syllable of each word, where:
  "y" is pronounced as in "yet";
  "aw" is pronounced as in "brawn";
  "ah" is pronounced as in "shah"; and
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound.
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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