Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lydia's Lilt

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LYDIA'S LILT (R4x32) 4C set Dorothy Bell Ness House 1
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1L+2M also 3M+4L change places RH, set diagonally and dance RH across once round
9-16 1M+2L also 3L+4M change places LH, set diagonally and dance LH across once round
17-24 1s and 4s chase clockwise ½ way to 4s in 2nd place and 1s in 3rd place, all set on sides, 2s and 3s cross RH while 4s and 1s ½ turn RH to face up/down
25-32 4s dance up and cast to 2nd place own side while 1s dance down and cast up to 3rd place on opposite side and all set twice. 24(1)(3)

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

Dance Information

A 'Lilt' is a characteristic rising and falling of the voice when speaking, a pleasant gentle accent.

Rosa 'Lydia' At The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

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