Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Daunder In Dovedale

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A Daunder In Dovedale (J4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1986

1-8 The 2nd woman, followed by 1st woman, 1st man and 2nd man, dances a figure of eight chase around the outside of the set, dancing across and down into 3rd man's place to begin and crossing up from 3rd woman's place into 2nd man's place on bar 5 while the 3rd man, followed by 4th man, 4th woman and 3rd woman, dances a complementary figure of eight chase around the outside of the set, dancing across and up into 2nd woman's place to begin and crossing down from 2nd man's place into 3rd woman's place on bar 5. Both groups pass one another by right shoulders throughout and no hands are given in passing. All end back in original places
9-12 The 1st and 2nd couples, likewise the 3rd and 4th couples, dance four hands round to the left ending in original places
13-16 All four couples dance eight hands round to the right halfway, to end 4321 all on opposite sides
17-24 The 1st couple, followed by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples, dance in to join right hands in fourth place, lead up the middle to first place, cross over to own sides, the women passing in front of their partners, and cast off to end 4321 on own sidelines
25-32 The 4th, 3rd and 2nd couples dance an allemande, ending 2341

Repeat with a new top couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


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Dance Information

This dance, A Daunder In Dovedale, was named after Dovedale, the valley in the Peak District of England.

Suggested tune: The Bugle Horn.

Devised February 1986; first published 1987; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1986, 1987, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.


The word Daunder is used, particularly in Scotland, to mean; to stroll, to meander, to go on without reaching a conclusion.

Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District of England. The land is owned by the National Trust, and annually attracts a million visitors.

The valley was cut by the River Dove and runs for just over 3 miles (5 km) between Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south.

In the wooded ravine, a set of stepping stones cross the river, and there are two caves known as the Dove Holes.

A Daunder In Dovedale - Information Video

Daundering In Dovedale
Daundering In Dovedale - By The Stepping Stones


Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 2, McGhie the Moudie Catcher and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Daunder article on Wiktionary.
Text from this original Dovedale article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Trevor Littlewood under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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