Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

High Society

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HIGH SOCIETY (R4x40) 4C set John Brenchley RSCDS Book 46
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 All dance reels of 4 on sides but middle couples do not pass LSh and end turning about to face corners. 13(2)(4)
9-16 1s+3s also 2s+4s dance R&L starting RH on sides. At end 3s and 2s remain in centre facing partners joining 2H ready for...
17-24 3s+2s dance Poussette
25-32 2s and 3s dance ½ Figs of 8 round end couples, all turn partners RH and end in middle 1s+2s facing up 3s+4s down. 12(3)(4)
33-40 All dance interlocking Allemandes:
 1s and 2s dance normal Allemande but end in 3rd/1st places while 3s+4s Allemande (down) and up to 4th/2nd places. 2(4)1(3)

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

Dance Notes

It should be noted that in this dance, arms are raised at the start of the allemande and not during the end of the previous right hand turn.
This is the preference of both the deviser, John Brenchley and of Barbara Boyd, for whom the dance was written.

(Dance notes by the deviser, John Brenchley, 2020)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

This reel, High Society, was devised by John Brenchley for Barbara Boyd.

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