Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Cooper's Crown

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Cooper's Crown
Reuben Freemantle
Jig 5 x 40 bars 5 Couple Repeat 5 Couple Set Longwise Set
10 bar phrases.

  1-8   2s around 3s, 4s around 5s, cast into figures of 8 across, finishing facing out on own sides;

  9-10 2M3M 4M5M turn ¾ by the left WHILE 2L3L 4L5L turn ¾ by the right, all releasing hands to finish 3M2M2L3L in a line across halfway between 2s3s places, 5M4M4L5L in a line across halfway between 4s5s places, 2s 4s facing up, 3s 5s down WHILE 1s step up half a place on the side lines;

11-20 taking nearer hands briefly, 1s lead down into mirror reels of five on own sides, 1M giving right shoulder to 2M, 1L left shoulder to 2L, to start, finishing as at bar 11;

21-30 taking right hands, 1s cross down into mirror reels of five on opposite sides, 1L giving right shoulder to 2M, 1M left shoulder to 2L, to start, finishing as at bar 11 but with 1s on opposite sides;

31-32 1s step down half a place on the side lines WHILE 2M3M 4M5M turn ¼ by the left WHILE 2L3L 4L5L turn ¼ by the right, 2s 3s 4s 5s releasing hands to finish all in original places (but with 1s on opposite sides), facing in;

33-34 1s2s3s4s5s take hands on the sides and set;

35-36 taking left hands, 1s cross down to 3rd place (on own sides) WHILE 2s3s, retaining hands, step up, finishing 2s3s1s4s5s, 1s facing out and taking hands in balance position with 3s4s;

37-38 2s3s1s4s5s set;

39-40 1s cast to 5th place (on own sides) WHILE 4s5s, retaining hands, step up, finishing 2s3s4s5s1s.

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

Dance Notes

The music for this dance must be in 10-bar phrases, as in The Wee Cooper O' Fife and The Cooper's Wife (Mitchell); the music for Trinity Tensome or any other, more conventional 5-couple, 5 x 40 bar dance would be totally unsuitable. Until a suitable recording is available, use a 4 x 40 bar set of The Wee Cooper O' Fife and restart after once through or a 6 x 40 bar set and dance the extra repeat.
As a dancer, since these are 10-bar phrases, do not panic on bar 7 of the phrase when finding oneself still far from the end position.

  1-8   3s 5s do not step up.

  9-10 Cover in the turns.

11-30 Take hands with partner at every opportunity in these mirror reels to help with covering.
These reels of five start with the dancers all evenly spaced; each dancer should follow the dancer immediately ahead and should be exactly two bars behind, throughout.

11-20 The following instructions apply to the Mn's reel; since these are mirror reels, the Ls' dance with left and right, clockwise and anticlockwise, interchanged. To start, 2M 4M, on the inside, face up and to the left, 1M, half a place above his original place on the side line, and 3M 5M, on the outside, face down and to the left.

11-12 1M2M 3M4M pass giving right shoulder WHILE 5M dance round the anticlockwise loop at the bottom, finishing 1M in 3M's position at the start of bar 11, 3M in 5M's, 5M in 4M's, 4M in 2M's, 2M in 1M's.

13-20 All repeat bars 11-12 four times from their new positions, finishing as at the start of bar 11.

21-30 All repeat bars 11-20 with 1s crossing down to opposite sides to start.

31-32 Slow turns with covering.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The dance name is intended as a reminder that it is made up of 10-bar phrases, just like The Wee Cooper O' Fife.

The crown was a coin valued at five shillings and so is an allusion to this as a five-couple dance.

Also see the dance The Cooper Children by Hugh Porteous.

Barrel Making - Information Video

Reverse Of The 1890 British Crown

Dance information by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle.
Image copyright GREAT BRITAIN, VICTORIA 1890 -CROWN a - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg: Jerry "Woody" from Edmonton, Canada Derivative work: Retroplum [Public domain or CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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