Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cotton Candy

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Cotton Candy by Sue McKinnell 5x32 Reel for 5C (Square Set)
Couples are arranged in a square set with 5th couple facing 1st couple.
After the bow and curtsey, 5W face 1M, 5M face 3M.

1-8 5W, 1M, and 3W and 5M, 3M, and 1W dance RS reels of 3 up and down the set.
9-12 5W and 2C, 5M and 4C dance rights hands across, 5W end facing 2W, 5M end facing 4W.
13-16 5C dance a half diagonal reel of 4 with 2W and 4W, passing RS to end 5W facing 4M, 5M facing 2M.
17-20 5C dance a half diagonal reel of 4 with 4M and 2M.
21-24 5C turn RH once round to end facing 2nd place with 5W on 5M's R WHILE 1C, 4C, 3C, and 2C set and chase CW one place.
25-28 5C and 1C dance ½ rights and lefts.
29-32 1C and 3C 1W and 3M, 1M and 3W change places RH, then 3C turn LH a little more than once round to end facing 1st position, 3W on the right. Ending order is 2, 5, 4, 1, 3.
Repeat 5 times.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Dec 2005)


Dance Notes

Suggested music is 5X32 Reels from Gang on the Same Gate by Green Ginger.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Cotton Candy (also known as candyfloss, candy floss or fairy floss) is a form of spun sugar often served at fairs, carnivals or circuses.

Cotton Candy Image
Girl Eating Cotton Candy


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