Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Loki's Dance

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Loki's Dance (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Deirdre MacCuish Bark

1- 4 1s: cross down between 3s: cast up to 2nd place opposite sides: 2s step up on 3 and 4
5- 8 1s: cross up between 2s: cast to 2nd place own sides and face in:
9-16 Mirror reels of 3 on the sides of the set: 1s dance in and down to begin: Give nearer hands when possible.
17-24 1s: turn 1st corner RH x1: pass partner by the right: turn 2nd corner RH x1 and pass partner right to own sides and face in. Corners dance 4 steps each time.
25-32 2s,1s,3s: circle to the left on #28: cross right foot over left foot and pull left shoulder back to face anti-clockwise in the circle: 2s,1s,3s: chase back to own sides: finish in order 2 1 3

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Deirdre MacCuish Bark, 2018)


Loki's Dance 32 bar Jig for 3 couples in a 4 couple set Deirdre MacCuish Bark

1- 4 1st couple cross down between the 3rd couple and cast up to second place on the opposite side.
2nd couple step up to top place on bars 3 and 4.
5- 8 1st couple cross up between the couple in top place and cast to second place on their own side.
1st couple face in and down on bar 8
9-16 Mirror Reels of three on the sides of the set. 1st couple dance in and down.
2nd couple dance out and down while 3rd couple dance out and up to begin.
Give nearer hands to partner when able.
1st couple finish in 2nd place facing in.
17-24 1st couple turn 1st corner once round by the right hand, pass partner by the right shoulder, turn 2nd corner by the right hand and pass partner across the dance by the right to finish facing in on own side in second place.
Corners dance 4 steps each time.
25-28 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples: circle to the left for 6 slip steps. On bar 28, step to the left and cross the right foot over the left foot, as you pull your left shoulder back to face anti-clockwise in the circle.
29-32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples chase back to own sides of set, in the order 2 1 3

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Deirdre MacCuish Bark, 2018)


Dance Information

Loki was a very affectionate dark gray and white cat who lived with our family for almost 15 years.

He was named after the Norse god of mischief.

Some scholars have described Loki's origins and role in Norse mythology, as that of a trickster god.

Recommended Music: The Birlin Burkie CD: A' The Best Fae Banffshire.

Loki Image
Loki With A Fishnet, From An Icelandic 18th Century Manuscript, c. 1760


Dance Information by the deviser, Deirdre MacCuish Bark, January 2014. All rights reserved.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Loki article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright By Ólafur Brynjúlfsson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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