Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Ferryboat

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE FERRYBOAT (R32) Circle Dance (Ladies on Men's right) Carolyn Hunt Let's All Dance

1- 8 All Men Adv&Ret and all circle left
9-16 All Ladies Adv&Ret and all circle right
17-24 All dance Grand Chain (pass partner RH to start) and face 5th person (new partner) joining both hands
25-32 All Slip-Step into centre (2 bars) and back, all turn new partners RH

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


The Ferryboat
Carolyn Hunt   Let's All Dance
Jig or Reel   n x 32 bars   n Couple Repeat   n Couple Set   Progressive Large Circular Set
Start with all couples (L on partner's right) in one large circle, facing in.

  1-4   Mn advance and retire;

  5-8   all hands round to the left;

  9-12 Ls advance and retire;

13-16 all hands round to the right;

17-24 all grand chain around the circle four places, only, to finish facing new partner;

25-28 taking both hands with new partner, dance slip step toward the centre and back.

25-32 all turn new partner by the right.

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


Dance Notes

If necessary, make concentric circles to accommodate all those wishing to dance.

17-24 The deviser has wisely prescribed 2 bars per dancer in the grand chain i.e., pass by the right and by the left only twice.

    -24 As an aide-mémoire, you meet your new partner after passing by the left for the second time in the grand chain.


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