Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Diamond Celebration (Willitt)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE DIAMOND CELEBRATION (S4x40) 4C set E Willitt Bishops Stortford Caledonian Scy

1- 8 1s and 3s dance Inveran reels with 2s (1s cross down with 3s dancing in and crossing up)
9-16 1s lead down to 4th place as 2s+3s+4s set and dance up 1 place, 2s+3s also 4s+1s circle left
17-24 2s and 4s dance Inveran reels with 3s (2s cross down with 4s dancing in and crossing up)
25-32 2s+3s also 4s+1s dance double Fig of 8 (2s cross down and 1s cross up to start)
33-40 All circle 8H round and back

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


1-8 First 3 couples dance Inveran reels (To start 1st couple cross down, 2nd couple dance up, 3rd couple dance in and cross up)
i.e. 1st and 2nd men with 3rd lady dance through 1st man's and 3rd Lady's places while 1st and 2nd ladies with 3rd man dance through 1st lady's and 3rd man's places.
9-12 1st couple dance down to 4th place while 2nd 3rd 4th couple set and dance up 1 place.
13-16 2nd with 3rd and 4th with 1st couple circle to the left
17-24 2nd, 3rd, 4th couple dance inveran reels as bars 1-8.
25-32 Double figures of eight. 2nd with 3rd and 4th with 1st couple
(To start 2nd couple cross down, 3rd couple dance up while 1st couple cross up and 4th couple dance down)
33-40 Circle eight hands round and back.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, E Willitt, Bishops Stortford Caledonian Society, January 2007)

Dance Information

Also see the dance Diamond Celebration (Cook) by Isobel Cook.
Also see the dance The Diamond Celebration (Tucker) by D Tucker.

This strathspey, Diamond Celebration, was written to mark the Diamond Wedding (60th) of HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in November 2007 and coincidentally the diamond celebration of the Bishops Stortford Caledonian Society.

HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Image
HM Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip - 2007

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