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The Chequered Court

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THE CHEQUERED COURT (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Duncan Brown RSCDS Book 42

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, 1s dance ½ Figs of 8 (Man round 2s and Lady round 3s) and end facing 1st corners
9-16 1s dance Pass&Turn with 1st corners and 1s twirl round in centre to face 4th corners, 1s dance Pass&Turn with 4th corners and twirl round to face own sides
17-24 1s dance 6 bars of Double Triangles and end with 1L between 2s facing 2L and 1M between 3s facing 3M
25-32 1s dance reel of 3 across giving RSh to 4th corners and 1s cross RH to own sides

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

The Chequered Court
Duncan Brown   RSCDS Book 42
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8   1M (up) 1L (down) half figures of 8 across, finishing facing first corners;

  9-12 1s pass and turn with first corners, finishing by pulling right shoulder back to face partners' second corners;

13-16 1s pass and turn with partners' second corners, finishing by pulling right shoulder back to face own sides;

17-24 2s1s3s double triangles, finishing 1L between 2s facing 2L, 1M between 3s facing 3M;

25-30 2M1L2L 3M1M3L reels of three across, 1L2L 3M1M giving right shoulder to start;

31-32 1s cross by the right to own sides.

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

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This Scottish Country Dance was named after The Chequered Court in the University Hall at Saint Andrews where the RSCDS meets for the yearly Summer School.

The Chequered Court connects the two main buildings of University Hall, St Andrews where the RSCDS meets for the yearly Summer School.

Although the flooring has now been changed, it used to consist of a chequered pattern of brown and cream tiles which earned the area the informal name of the chequered court.

As an area for socialising at RSCDS Summer School, it became a well-known location.

University Hall, Saint Andrews
University Hall At Saint Andrews

Image copyright Jim Bain under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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