Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Far North Queensland

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND (S5x32) 5C set John Brenchley The Other Kangaroo Paw

1- 4 1s+5s cross RH and cast down/up 1 place (2s+4s step up/down)
5- 8 1M+2s also 1L+3s+5M also 5L+4s dance circles round to Left. 1s+5s end in middle facing partners (Men facing down, Ladies facing up)
9-16 1s+5s set, dance ½ reel of 4, set advancing to partners, pass LSh to face 2nd corner positions
17-24 1s+5s dance ½ diag. reel of 4 with 2nd corners, turn LH to face 1st corner positions, dance ½ diag. reel of 4 with 1st corners, turn LH to face 4th corner positions (partner's 2nd corner position)
25-32 1s+5s dance ½ diag. reel of 4 with 4th corners, turn LH to face out on own sides, cast 1 place (3s+2s step up 31-32). 43521

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


Far North Queensland
John Brenchley   The Other Kangaroo Paw
Strathspey   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast WHILE 5s cross by the right and cast up;

  5-8   2s1M 1L3s5M 5L4s hands round to the left, 1M1L5M5L finishing on the centre line, facing partners;

  9-10 1s 5s set;

11-14 1M1L5M5L half reel of 4 up and down, finishing 5L5M1L1M on the centre line, facing partners;

15-16 5s 1s set advancing and pass partner by the left to finish facing second corners;

17-20 5s 1s half diagonal reels of 4 with second corners, finishing by turning partner by the left to face first corner positions;

21-24 1s half diagonal reels of 4 with first corners finishing by turning partner by the left to face partners' second corner positions;

25-28 5s 1s half diagonal reels of 4 with second corners, finishing on the centre line, left shoulder to left shoulder with partners, facing opposite sides;

29-32 5s 1s turn by the left and cast on own sides, finishing 4s3s5s2s1s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  3-4   2s 4s step up.

17-28 These are not Mairi's Wedding reels passing left shoulder between half reels; 5s 1s turn partner by the left to finish facing the next clockwise corner position.

31-32 3s 2s step up.


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Far North Queensland, or Tropical North Queensland, is the northernmost part of the state of Queensland, Australia. Centered on the city of Cairns, the region stretches north to the Torres Strait, and west to the Gulf Country. The region has Australia's only international border, with the independent nation of Papua New Guinea.

The region is home to three World Heritage Sites, the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics of Queensland and Riversleigh Australia's largest fossil mammal site. Far North Queensland lays claim to over 70 national parks, including Mount Bartle Frere with a peak of 1,622 metres (5,322 ft) it is the highest peak in both Northern Australia and Queensland.

The Far North region is the only region of Australia that is home to the two oldest continuous cultures on the planet, the Aboriginal Australians and the Torres Strait Islanders.

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Walsh's Pyramid - Far North Queensland


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