Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Honeycomb

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THE HONEYCOMB (R4x40) 4C set John Drewry Greenburn Book 1

1- 4 1s set, cast 1 place, while 2s step up
5- 8 1s turn LH 1½ times to face 1st corners and on bars 7-8 2L+4M petronella turn into centre while 2M steps down and 3L+4L step up (to hexagon shape with 1s facing 2M and 4L)
9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass RSh and dance ½ diagonal reel with 2nd corners 1s end facing end persons (2L and 4M)
17-24 1s dance ½ reel of 4 up/down (1s end in centre Lady facing down and Man up), 1s set twice as 2s+3s+4s chase clockwise ½ way (positions as at bar 8)
25-32 2s+3s+4s circle 6H round and back to end on sides in original places while 1s turn RH and LH to end facing up (Lady on Man's right)
33-40 1s dance up to top, cast (on own sides) behind 2s, in front of 3s and behind 4s to 4th place (others step up on bars 39-40)

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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