Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

J.B. Milne

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

J. B. MILNE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Angus Fitchett Album

1- 8 1M+2L set advancing and turn RH, 1L+2M set advancing and turn RH
9-16 1s set advancing to each other and turn 2H, cast to 2nd place and Petronella turn to Lady between 2s and Man between 3s
17-24 1s set and ¾ turn RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides and set, 1s repeat but 2s and 3s cross RH and set
25-32 1s set and change places RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides and set, 1s cast round corner to 2nd place own sides as 2s+3s cross RH and all set

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

J.B. Milne
Hugh Foss Angus Fitchett Album
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1M2L set advancing and turn by the right;

  5-8   1L2M set advancing and turn by the right;

  9-12 1s set advancing and turn both hands;

13-16 1s cast and petronella turn finishing 1L at top facing down and 1M at bottom facing up;

17-20 1s set and turn by the right ¾ to opposite sides WHILE 2M3M 2L3L cross by the right on the sides and set;

21-24 1s set and turn by the right ¾ (finishing 1M at top facing down and 1L at bottom facing up) WHILE 3s 2s cross by the right and set;

25-28 1s set and cross (up and down) by the right WHILE 3L2L 3M2M cross by the right on the sides and set;

29-30 1s cast (L down, M up) to 2nd place on own sides WHILE 2s 3s cross by the right, all finishing facing in;

30-32 2s1s3s set on the sides.

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

Dance Notes

  1-12 Pas-de-basque throughout.

  1-4   It is difficult to complete the pas-de-basque turn and to return to original places in 2 bars and so "set advancing and turn" should be phrased as follows:

  1-1   set advancing, finishing side-by-side in the centre with right hands joined;

  2-3   turn by the right halfway to face original positions and release hands;

  4-4   set advancing to finish in original positions, facing in.

  5-8   Phrase the set advancing and turn as in bars 1-4.

  9-12 Phrase the set advancing and turn as follows:

  9-9   set advancing, finishing on the centre line, M facing down, L up, both hands joined;

10-11 turn halfway and release hands to face original positions;

12-12 set advancing to finish in original positions, facing out.

15-16 Pas-de-basque for petronella turn.

17-30 Over the years, the phrasing between the crossing and setting by the corners has varied; the following has the merit of flowing well:
after crossing, finish facing the corner just passed;
on the right foot setting step, set to that corner;
on the left foot setting step, for those in first corner positions, ¾ turn on the spot (right shoulder back) to finish facing clockwise around the corners' square; for those in second corner positions, ¼ to finish facing anticlockwise.

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Dance Information

J.B. Milne refers to John Bannerman Milne (1902-1968), the owner of a string of cinemas in Scotland from the 1920s onwards.

Angus Fitchett dedicated this dance to 'the man who gave him his start in his show business career'

The son of a Dundee coalman, John Bannerman Milne first worked by day in the city's jute mills while spending evenings in the Palladium Cinema, Dundee, accompanying silent films on the violin then cleaning the cinema after the show.

Around 1928 J.B. Milne purchased the cinema and installed sound equipment, so starting his cinema empire 'J.B. Milne Theatres Ltd', the biggest privately owned cinema circuit in the UK, acquiring and building around 34 cinemas all over Scotland.

J.B. Milne
Angus Seasonal Magazine Christmas Greetings From J B Milne Theatres Ltd, c. 1966

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