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Lamp Black Lizzie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LAMP BLACK LIZZIE (J4x40) 4C set Pat Davoll Oxford University SD Society
2 chords - 2nd chord 3s+4s cross to opposite sides

1- 8 1s+4s set, cast down/up (2s and 3s step up/down); 1s+4s dance ½ R&L. Men end facing out
9-16 4s+1s dance Ladies' Chain. 4s face up, 1s face down. 24(1)(3)
17-32 All dance Axum Reel to end back in position as bar 17
33-40 All turn person facing on sides LH once round; all dance anticlockwise ½ round. 24(1)(3)

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


Dance Notes

Axum Reel - Every 2 bars all dance to the next position on path 1M, 2L, 1L, 3L, 4L, 3M, 4M, 2M, 1M, passing LSh.
Lamp Black Lizzie
Pat Davoll   2007
Jig   4 x 40 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

3s 4s cross on second chord.

  1-2   1s 4s set to partners;

  3-4   1s cast WHILE 4s cast up;

  5-8   1s 4s half rights and lefts, 4M 1M finishing facing out;

  9-16 4s1s ladies' chain, finishing 2s facing down, 4s up, 1s down, 3s up;

17-32 all dance the full axum reel:
all dance parallel, reverse reels of 4 on the sides, always giving left shoulder to a dancer approaching on the sides, but from 1M's place pull left shoulder back to pass the approaching dancer by the right on the centre line and continue to 1L's place after 4 bars WHILE, from 4L's place, similarly continue to 4M's;
all finish as at bar 17;

33-36 2M4M 2L4L 1L3L 1M3M turn by the left, finishing facing anticlockwise around the set;

37-40 all chase anticlockwise halfway around the set, finishing 3s1s4s2s, 4s2s on opposite sides.

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


Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up, 3s down.

    -8   No polite turn.

17-32 Except from 1M's and 4L's places, always follow the path of parallel reverse reels of 4; in particular, from 1L's and 4M's places, dance out at least to the side line ready to dance back in to pass left shoulder at the end in the next, 2-bar, phrase.

19-30 Follow exactly 2 bars behind the dancer immediately preceding you in the axum reel.

31-32 From 1s' and 4s' places, extend the standard, 2-bar, movement of the axum reel as necessary to finish as at bar 17.


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Dance Information

Devised in memory of Lizzie Vasey who danced regularly with the East Grinstead Scottish Dance Club and Oxford University Scottish Dance Society.

Lamp black is a fine, black powder used in pest control where Lizzie used to work. When she used it, Lizzie would invariably end up covered in it; hence her nickname, Lamp Black Lizzie.

Carbon black (subtypes are acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black and thermal black) is a material produced by the incomplete combustion of heavy petroleum products such as FCC tar, coal tar, or ethylene cracking tar.

Lamp black was traditionally produced by collecting soot from oil lamps.

Lamp Black Image
Carbon Black


Dance Information by Samantha Schad.
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Text from this original Carbon Black article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright (cropped) FK1954 [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons.

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