Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Dancing Roon The Green

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Dancing roon the Green
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 1: Tenth Anniversary Book
6x40 bar strathspey (or reel)
2-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   DOWN MIDDLE, TURN UNDER, UP AND CAST: 1st couple dance down the middle nearer hands joined (3 bars), make an arch for 1st woman to dance under AS her partner dances below her to change side (1 bar), dance up the middle and cast into 2nd place on opposite sides (2nd couple step up on Bars 7-8);

  9-12 ADVANCE AND RETIRE USING COMMON SCHOTTISCHE: 1st and 2nd couples, nearer hands joined on the side, set advancing (2 bars), then set retiring (2 bars);

13-16 OLD STYLE RIGHTS AND LEFTS: dance the pattern of Rights and Lefts but with no hands and with one step to each side of the square, i.e. pass partner by the right shoulder, pass neighbour by the left shoulder, pass partner by the right shoulder, and begin to pass neighbour by the left shoulder ending in a line of four across the dance, men back-to-back in the middle NOT facing partner - 1st woman ends on men's side, 2nd woman ends on woman's side);

17-24 SET TWICE AND 1½ TURN: set twice to opposite or using a Highland step (e.g. Highland Schottische or Set and Spring Points)(4 bars) and turn 1½ with right hands (4 bars) ending with women back-to-back in the center);

25-32 REEL OF 4: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 4 across the dance - women omit the last left shoulder and curve out clockwise to end with 2nd woman in the middle of the set above the line of the reel, and 1st woman in the middle below the line of the reel, both facing clockwise;

33-36 1⅛ RIGHT HAND WHEEL: 1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across ending with 2nd couple on own side in the top place, while 1st couple end below them in the middle on opposite sides with right hands joined;

37-40 ½ FIGURE OF 8: 1st couple cross up through 2nd couple and cast off on own side to 2nd place.

Repeat from 2nd place.

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

The Dance
"Il Ballo" In English "The Dance";
Caption "A cheerful dance awakens love and feeds hope with lively joy." 1790

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