Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Melbourne Cup

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Melbourne Cup
Cathy McLeod   Dance Odyssey, RSCDS South Queensland
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   8 hands round and back;

  9-14 Ls (holding onto their hats with left hand and (pretend?) champagne glasses with right) pass partner by the right and dance back to places;

15-16 1s2s3s4s take hands on the sides and set facing partners;

17-24 1M2M3M4M chase clockwise around the set, finishing 1s facing down, 2s up;

25-25 1M2M 1L2L cross on the sides by the right, 2s finishing facing in;

26-26 1M3M 1L3L cross on the sides by the left, 3s finishing facing in;

27-28 1M4M 1L4L cross on the sides by the right, 4s 1s finishing facing in;

29-32 2s 3s 4s 1s turn by the right.

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


Dance Notes

25-28 Use polite turn as appropriate.


The Melbourne Cup (3-couple version)
Cathy McLeod   Dance Odyssey, RSCDS South Queensland
Jig   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   6 hands round and back;

  9-14 Ls (holding onto their hats with left hand and (pretend?) champagne glasses with right) pass partner by the right and dance back to places;

15-16 1s2s3s take hands on the sides and set facing partners;

17-24 1M2M3M chase clockwise around the set, finishing 1s facing down, 2s up;

25-26 1M2M 1L2L cross on the sides by the right, 2s finishing facing in;

27-28 1M3M 1L3L cross on the sides by the left, 3s 1s finishing facing in;

29-32 2s 3s 1s turn by the right.

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


Dance Notes

25-28 This 3-couple version is more intuitive with two bars for each crossing on the sides.
Use polite turn as appropriate.


Dance Instruction Videos

The Melbourne Cup - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Every year on the first Tuesday in November, Australia stops to watch a horse race: The Melbourne Cup.

Bars 1-8 represents the race track, bars 9-16 the ladies' fashion parade, bars 17-24 the race with the men as the jockeys and bars 25-32 congratulating the winner and collecting the winnings.

Melbourne Cup Image
The Melbourne Cup


Dance Information by Teresa Lockhart.

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