Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Chain Lynx

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CHAIN LYNX (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Gaye Collin The Musicians' Wedding

1- 4 1s dance in and cast to 2nd place while 2s set and dance up and curve outwards to face down
5- 8 1s dance in and up, turn 2s (1L RH, 1M LH). 1s finish facing 1st corners
9-24 1s dance Corner Chain (modified ending) with 1st and 2nd corners:-
' 1s change places RH with 1st corners, 1st corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s who turn LH in centre to face 2nd corners
' 1s change places RH with 2nd corners, 2nd corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s and 1s end turning LH to 2nd place opposite sides facing 2nd corners
25-32 1s dance LSh reel of 3 on the opposite side. On bar 30, 1s cross diagonally from the end of the set back to 2nd place own sides while 2s+3s finish the reel

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


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Dance Information

This dance, Chain Lynx, was devised by Gaye Collin who often thought that the ending of the figure Corner Chain left the dancers in 'no-mans-land'.

This dance was devised to "finish the formation - going somewhere, with momentum".

The dance name is a play on words (lynx - links). A lynx is (most commonly) any of the four species (Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx, bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx.

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Chain Lynx


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