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A Highland Welcome (Forbes)

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A HIGHLAND WELCOME (R32) Round The Room Bill Forbes Craigievar Book 1
Round the room dance, 2 facing 2

1- 8 Both couples circle to left and back again
9-16 Both couples dance RH across and LH back to places
17-24 All turn opposite partner LH and face own partner, turn partner RH and end facing other couple
25-32 All advance and retire, all couples advance (couples facing clockwise round the room make arches) and pass to meet new couple

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


A Highland Welcome (Forbes)
Bill Forbes Craigievar Book 1
Reel n x 32 bars 2 Couple Repeat 2 Couple Set Progressive Round the Room Set
1s face 2s around the room, 1s going clockwise, 2s anticlockwise.

  1-8   All 4 hands round and back;

  9-16 all 4 hands across and back;

17-20 1M2L 1L2M turn by the left, finishing facing partners;

21-24 1s 2s turn by the right;

25-28 1s 2s advance and retire;

29-32 1s 2s advance, 1s pass under the arch made by 2s and continue to meet the next couple.

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

Dance Notes

29-32 Original instructions have 1s making the arches but we retain the local mnemonic of "anticlockwise arches".


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Dance Information

Also see the dance A Highland Welcome (Dickson) by John Bowie Dickson.

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