Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Linden's Diamond

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Linden's Diamond (S4x32) 4C set Ian Simmonds

1-8 1st couple with 2nd couple, 3rd couple with 4th couple, dance right and left, beginning by facing on the sides. 2nd and 3rd couples finish by dancing into a line up and down in the centre with ladies facing down and men facing up.
9-16 2nd and 3rd couples dance a reel of four in the centre, finishing in original places.
17-18 1st and 4th couples cross diagonally to the middle of the set, men passing the ladies across in front of them. (1st man with right hand, 4th man with left hand).
19-22 1st and 4th couples dance four hands once round.
23-24 1st and 4th couples continue the circle, but widen to allow 1st woman to lead 4th woman down the women's side while 4th man leads 1st man up the men's side. 2nd and 3rd couples step up. (Order is now 2,3,4,1)
25 -32 All four couples dance Eight Hands round and back.

Repeat from new places.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Ian Simmonds, May 2019)

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Linden's Diamond - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

This strathspey, Linden's Diamond, was devised by Ian Simmonds for the 60th Anniversary of Linden Scottish Country Dance Club.

Linden's Diamond was on the programme for the Linden SCD Club's 60th Anniversary dance, held in the Ngaio town hall, Wellington, New Zealand on July 13, 2019.

Ian Simmonds became tutor of the Linden SCD Club in 1968 and continued as sole tutor until his eventual retirement to the Kapiti Coast. He is dancing in one of the videos shown, as second man.

Linden's Diamond was briefed by Ann Oliver, who is the club's current tutor along with Philippa Pointon.

Suggested music: The Dancing Dominie, George Meikle, "Scottish Dances Volume 10".

Ngaio Town Hall
Ngaio Town Hall, Mount Kaukau In The Background

Image copyright Roue2 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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