Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cooma Highland Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Round the room dance, 3 facing 3

1- 8 All circle 6H round and back
9-16 Centre dancer dance reel of 3 with person on right and opposite person
17-24 Centre dancers dance RH across and LH back with same persons
25-32 All advance and retire and pass through to next 3

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

Dance Information

The Canberra and District branch of the RSCDS was formed in 1978, and included members from Cooma. Cooma still hosts Scottish country dance activities.

Cooma is a town in the south of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 114 kilometres (71 mi) south of the national capital, Canberra, via the Monaro Highway and was discovered by John Dunne the bushranger. It is also on the Snowy Mountains Highway, connecting Bega with the Riverina.

Cooma has a population of 6,301, is 800 metres (2,620 ft) above sea level and is the main town of the Monaro region. The name could have derived from an Aboriginal word Coombah, meaning 'big lake' or 'open country'.

Cooma was explored by Captain J. M. Currie in 1823, was proclaimed a municipality in 1879 and is 5 kilometres (3 miles) south of the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, a main tributary of the Murray-Darling basin where Cooma sources its water from.

Nanny Goat Bronze Statue On Nanny Goat Hill, Cooma, New South Wales, Australia

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