Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Kelly's Kaper

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

KELLY'S KAPER (J3x32) 3C set John Wilkinson STV Appeal 2015

1- 8 1s lead down (4 steps), cast up behind 3s and 2s to place
9-16 All dance 6H round and back
17-24 1s+2s set and dance ¾ R&L (6 steps). 1s end in 2nd place facing out. 213
25-32 1s cast round person on Right (Man up, Lady down), meet in middle and turn 1¾ RH moving down to 3rd place own sides (3s step up 31-32) 231

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

Dance Notes

The above crib for this Scottish Country Dance and the crib diagram, below, are both based on the deviser's formal instructions which are couched in terms approved by the RSCDS, albeit avoiding more abstruse technical terms such as "first corner".

In a ceilidh situation there will be a number of simplifications, some of which are shown in the RSCDS video. In particular:

  1-4   1s take both hands and use slip step to dance down.

29-32 1s turn with birl hold (right arms in elbow grip, left hands held securely above right hands) and using a birl step (a modified version of slip step in which the right foot, almost touching partner's, does not close to the left foot but instead moves only minimally so that the couple rotate).

The dance can readily be performed in a 4-couple set with 4th couple stationary until bars 31-32 when they step up with the 3rd couple.

In a more extreme ceilidh form, alluded to in the deviser's voiceover of the third repeat of the RSCDS video but not shown, skip change (and even slip step in the hands round) may be replaced by walking, one right and one left step to each bar of music; similarly, the pas-de-basque setting step may be replaced by a simplified hopping onto the right and then the left foot.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Instruction Videos

Kelly's Kaper - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

This ceilidh dance was devised as an RSCDS contribution towards Lorraine Kelly's Shimmy across Scotland (Friday 12 September to Saturday 13 September 2015)- a 24 hour dance and exercise marathon, including ceilidh dancing. The Shimmy is part of the STV Appeal, fundraising for children living in poverty in Scotland.

Additional search terms: Ceilidh Dance, Kellie's Caper.

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