Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Highland Games

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HIGHLAND GAMES (M-(S32+R64)) 4C set Bluebell Dances To Be A Wind
Special set: 1s+4s on Men's side and 2s+3s on Ladies' side,
   1M with 4M and 2M with 3M BtoB in centre on Mens/Ladies' side, all Ladies facing partners. Order: 1L 1M 4M 4L on Men's side, 2L 2M 3M 3L on Ladies' side

Part A - Strathspey:
1- 8 All set to partners with suitable Highland Strathspey steps
9-16 All dance halfway Axum Reel:
   9-10 All couples pass LSh, Men to partner's "outer" positions, 1L/3L veering left to 2M/4M positions, 2L/4L straight ahead to 3M/1M positions
   11-16 Repeat 3 times from new positions all ending diagonally opposite starting positions
17-24 All set to partners with suitable Highland Strathspey steps
25-32 Repeat bars 9-16 to dance back to original positions

Part B - Reel:
1- 2 1M+2L also 4L+3M set advancing while 1L+2M also 4M+3L step back diagonally right. 1s+2s also 3s+4s finish in lines of 4 across the dance
3- 4 1M+2L also 4L+3M set turning on spot (pulling back RSh)
5- 8 1M+2L also 4L+3M set and 4 spring points to finish facing each other across the dance
9-11 1M+2L also 4L+3M Tulloch turn 1½ times with right arms linked
12 1M+2L also 3M+4L do assemble (jump on the spot landing with right foot in front, 3rd position) and change (jump on the spot landing with left foot in front)
13-16 1M+2L also 4L+3M Tulloch turn 2 times with left arms linked to finish facing outside person
17-24 All set to person facing with suitable Highland reel steps (2M+1M, 2L+1L, 3L+4L, 3M+4M)
25-32 1L+2L+3M+4M also 1M+2M+3L+4L dance RH across and LH back
33-40 Centre dancers 1L+2M also 4M+3L set with suitable Highland reel steps
41-48 1L+2M also 4M+3L repeat Part B bars 9-16
49-56 All set to partners with suitable Highland reel steps
57-64 All circle 8H round and back

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams



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