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Johnnie's Welcome Hame

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

JOHNNIE'S WELCOME HAME (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Neil M Grant RSCDS Book 32

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set, cross RH, set and cross back RH
9-20 1s+2s+3s dance 3 couple R&L
21-24 1s cast 1 place on own side to end in diagonal line (RH with 1st corners and LH to partner)
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance the Spoke:-
' Balance-in-Line with 1st corners, then with 2nd corners, then with 3rd corners and 4th corners
33-40 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 1st corners LSh to meet in the centre and turn 1½ times LH to 2nd place own sides. 213

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


Johnnie's Welcome Hame
Neil M Grant   RSCDS Book 32
Reel   8 x 40 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s3s set and cross by the right;

  5-8   repeat bars 1-4;

  9-20 1s2s3s rights and lefts for 3 couples, 1s finishing facing out;

  9-10 1s 2s 3s cross by the right;

11-12 1M (in 1L's position) and 3L (in 3M's position) cross by the left diagonally WHILE 2L3L (on Men's side) and 2M3M (on Ls' side) cross by the left;

13-20 repeat bars 9-12 twice from the same positions (different dancers), all finishing in original places;

21-24 1s cast, finishing left hands joined and take first corners' right hands in balance position;

25-32 2s1s3s dance the spoke, 1s finishing facing first corners:

25-25 on the right foot step of pas-de-basque, WHILE second corners set facing each other, 1s dance the first bar of balance-in-line with first corners;

26-26 on the left foot step of pas-de-basque, WHILE second corners set facing each other, 1s turn by the left ¼ to finish by taking second corners' right hands in balance position;

27-28 repeat bars 25-26 from new positions (1s balancing with second corners, first corners setting facing each other);

29-30 repeat bars 25-26 from new positions (1s balancing with partner's first corners, second corners setting facing each other);

31-32 1s balance-in-line with partner's second corners, first corners setting facing each other;

33-36 1s, giving left shoulders to first corners, dance half figures of 8 across;

37-40 1s turn by the left 1½ times, finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

11-20 Dancers crossing diagonally between 1L's and 3M's positions must move especially quickly.

37-40 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1s move down as they turn, finishing in 4th place of the full set so that 3s are in the correct place for bar 1 of the next repeat.


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Dance Information

Neil Grant dedicated the dance to his friend, John Mortimer, who was born in Forres and emigrated to New Zealand where he taught Scottish Country Dancing at the Manawatu Scottish SCD Club in Palmerston North for many years.

Johnnie's Welcome Hame was devised to mark John's first trip back to Forres ("hame") after several decades in New Zealand. The spoke depicts his meeting and greeting many old friends.

Johnnie's Welcome Hame is Scottish for "Johnnie's welcome Home".



Additional search terms: Johnie, Johnny.
Dance information by Alison Trotter.

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