Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Lily In The Valley

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE LILY IN THE VALLEY (S96) (4C set) Iain Boyd All Kinds of Everything
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

Figure 1
1- 8 All set and cross RH, all set and cross back RH
9-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ RH across and all loop round left and dance RH across. 2(1)4(3)
17-24 2s+1s also 4s+3s Set+Link twice
25-28 2s+1s also 4s+3s circle 4H round to left ½ way and Men turn Lady on right 2H, all circle 8H round to left ½ way. 4(3)2(1)

Figure 2
1- 8 All set and cross RH, 4s facing 3s and 2s facing 1s on sides turn LH 1½ times. (4)3(2)1
9-16 3s+4s also 1s+2s dance Ladies' Chain
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32 All Men turn Lady on sides into Allemande hold and promenade anticlockwise ½ way, ½ turn Allemande partner under Man's right arm to end (1)2(3)4

Figure 3
1- 8 1L+2M also 3M+4L dance RH across, 1L+2M also 3M+4L dance across between partners and cast right to vacant places (keeping Lady on left)
9-16 Top 2 couples also bottom 2 couples dance R&L
17-24 1M+2L also 3L+4M repeat bars 1-8 but dancing LH across and casting left (4)3(2)1
25-32 4s+3s also 2s+1s dance ½ R&L, turn partner RH 1½ times to end 3(4)1(2)

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

Dance Notes

Figure 1
Bars 1-2 and 5-6 set with nearer hands joined
Bars 9-10 RH across halfway, bars 11-12 cast left and circle on the spot, bars 13-16 dance RH across

Figure 2
Bars 1-2 set with nearer hands joined
Bar 4 no polite turn on finishing
Bar 8 finish with Ladies facing in and Men out
Bars 26-29 for travelling half way round set
Bar 30 is the turn under Man's arm, and finish face each other on side-lines
Bar 31-32 (allemande) partners change right hands

Figure 3
Bar 28 omit polite turn
Bar 32 retain hands for final bow and curtsey

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