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 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   Lengthwise 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'



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