Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Mayflower

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE MAYFLOWER (R32) Circle Pat Kent Nova Scotia Collection 2017
Double circle - Men on inside, backs to centre, facing partner

1- 8 All set, change places RH with partner; repeat
9-16 Ladies dance Fig of 8 round Men, RSh round Man on right, LSh round partner back to place
17-24 Men dance Fig of 8 round Ladies, LSh round Lady to left, RSh round partner back to place
25-32 All promenade anticlockwise (4 bars); Men stand while Ladies dance on, past 1 Man to meet the next as new partner

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


The Mayflower
Pat Kent
Reel n x 32 bars 1 Couple Repeat 1 Couple Set Round the Room Set
Start with all couples in two large circles, Ls outside, facing in, Mn inside, facing partners.

  1-4   All set to partner and cross by the right;

  5-8   all set to partner and cross by the right;

  9-16 each L give left shoulder to partner, dance behind and all around her first corner (one place anticlockwise from partner) and behind partner to place;

17-24 each M give right shoulder to partner, dance behind and all around his second corner (one place anticlockwise from partner) and behind partner to place, finishing in promenade hold with partner;

25-28 all promenade anticlockwise and release hold, Mn finishing facing out;

29-32 Ls chase anticlockwise two places more, finishing facing new partner.

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


Dance Notes

  7-8   The dance flows better for the Ls with cross by the left.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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Dance Information

This dance is named after the Mayflower plant (Epigaea Repens), adopted in 1901 as the floral emblem of both Nova Scotia and Massachusetts.

Epigaea repens, the mayflower or trailing arbutus, is a low, spreading shrub in the family Ericaceae. It is found from Newfoundland to Florida, west to Kentucky and the Northwest Territories.

Native Americans found many medicinal uses for the plant and the Forest Potawatomi regard this as their tribal flower, considering it to have come directly from their divinity.

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The Mayflower - Epigaea Repens


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