Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Christmas Fling

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A CHRISTMAS FLING (S5x40) 5C set John Morris Vallin Collection 1

1- 8 1s and 3s cast 1 place as 2s and 4s dance up. All 5 couples set. 1s and 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 through end couples (1s up, 3s down)
9-16 1s and 3s "loop" LSh round 3rd corner to own sides (1L+3M pass RSh). RH across (1L+2s, 1M+4s+3L, 3M+5s)
17-24 1s set, rotating to face down/out as 3s cross RH to face in/up (3M polite turn) 1s+3s dance ¾ double Fig of 8 round 4s (3s cross up, 1s dance down). End 3s in middle 2nd place. 2(3)4(1)5
25-32 2s+3s+4s dance mirror reels of 3 (2s down/out, 3s dance up, 4s cast up) while 1s+5s circle 4H round and back. All finish on sides
33-40 LH across (3L+2s, 3M+4s+1L, 1M+5s) 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 up round 2s as 1s cross down to 5th place own sides (5s step up) 1s set. 23451

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


A Christmas Fling Painting Image
A Christmas Fling
"Merry Christmas (Yuletide Revels)" William Glackens (1870-1938), Black Conte Crayon... smooth pulp board, c. 1910


Image Copyright William Glackens [No restrictions or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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