Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ISLAY (S5x40) 5C set Jean Shaw 1992

1- 8 All circle 10H round and back
9-16 1s+2s also 4s+5s dance LH across and RH back to end nearer hands joined 1s+2s and 4s+5s facing each other while 3s set and cross RH, set and cross RH to own side and face out
17-24 1s+2s also 4s+5s dance "Mirror" Rondels (1s/5s make arches to start) as 3s dance round clockwise round set to partner's place (6 bars) and cross over LH to face out on own side
25-32 1s+3s+5s (centre 3 couples) dance Reels of 3 on own sides (3s pass person on left by LSh), end 1s and 5s facing in, 3s facing out while 2s and 4s set, turn partner RH (4 bars), set
33-40 1s progression to 5th place:
   1s+3s also 5s+4s change places on sides (Men RH, Ladies LH)
   1s+4s change places (Men LH, Ladies RH)
   1s+5s turn 1½ (Men RH, Ladies LH) to change places. 23451

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This dance, Islay, was originally published in 1992. This revised version published 2017.
Islay, (pronounced "eye-lah") known as The Queen Of The Hebrides, is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Woodland In Barradale, Islay

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