Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Dancing The Baby

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

DANCING THE BABY (R1x72) Sq.Set Gaye Collin The Musicians' Wedding
May be danced as Medley (72R+72S)

1- 8 1s+3s set and link to finish facing clockwise. 1L+3L followed by partner dance clockwise outside and around side couples and finish facing them in the middle of the set (1L facing 2L, 1M facing 2M, 3L facing 4L, 3M facing 4M)
9-16 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance RH across. 1s+3s then snake chase around each other to the left to finish in each other's positions while on bar 12 2M+4M pull back LSh and turn partners LH
17-32 2s+4s repeat bars 1-16 to finish all couples facing in
33-40 Ladies dance RH across 3 places, rotate on the spot (pulling back RSh on bar 36) to face Man. All set and change places LH (Ladies finish on outside facing in, Men face in)
41-48 Men dance RH across 3 places, rotate on the spot (pulling back RSh). All set, turn partner ¾ LH to finish in a square (end Lady on Man's left, Men facing in, Ladies facing out)
49-60 All dance ¾ reverse Schiehallion reel (3 places to left and Ladies follow Men) to end in original places
61-64 All ½ turn partner LH to finish facing in, all set
65-72 8 Hands round and back
Medley: Strathspey starts with 2s+4s, end bars 65-72: 8H round to left, all pivot (pull back LSh) and circle 8H round to right, back to places

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

Dance Notes

    -12 2M 4M pull back left shoulder; 2L 4L do not.

    -28 1M 3M pull back left shoulder; 1L 3L do not.

In the strathspey part of the medley, 2s of the full set dance as 1s, 3s as 2s, 4s as 3s and 1s as 4s; this means that it is the side couples of the full set who dance bars 1-8 and so on.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

The music for this dance is on the CD, The Musicians' Wedding, by Marian Anderson and her Band.

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