Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Maggie and Duncan Keppie Gaelic College SCD Book 2: Six And Half A Dozen
Jig 8 x 32 bars 2 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1ST COUPLE DOWN MIDDLE AND BACK: 1st couple lead down the middle and back crossing over on bar 8 to end back-to-back in the middle between 2nd couple (1st man facing 2nd woman, and 1st woman facing 2nd man);

  9-16 REEL OF 4 ACROSS: 1st and 2nd couple dance a reel of 4, ending ready for promenade (1st couple omit last passing and end next to one another at the top, 2nd man cast down on bar 15 to end next to partner below 1st couple);

17-24 1ST AND 2ND COUPLES PROMENADE: 1st and 2nd couple dance promenade;

25-32 1ST AND 2ND COUPLES DALRADIAN: 1st and 2nd couples turn partner ¾ round with both hands, dance ½ a reel of 4 up and down the middle of the set, and turn partner ¾ round with both hands ending on own side of set having progressed one place.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Notes

As with all dances having the format, 2-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, if dancer numbers so dictate it can be performed in a 3-Couple or 5-Couple Set and with the number of repeats adjusted appropriately.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Information

Dalriada was a Gaelic overkingdom on the western coast of Scotland (then Pict-land) and part of Ulster. The name of the kingdom is preserved in the etymology of the Dalradian geological series, a term coined by Archibald Geikie because its outcrop has a similar geographical reach to that of the former Dál Riata.

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Text from this original Dál Riata article on Wikipedia.

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