Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

MIQ Room 541

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MIQ ROOM 541 (R5x32) 5C Set Gaye Collin Dance Book 5

1- 8 All couples turn partner RH and face clockwise (3 bars), All chase clockwise round to opposite side. (5)(4)(3)(2)(1)
9-16 5s+4s (top) and 2s+1s (bottom) dance RH across; 4s+3s+2s dance ¾ LH across into lines across (in 2nd/4th place) Men facing up, Ladies down
17-24 Lines of 3 advance (1 step), face to right, cast back into lines across and all chase clockwise back to end on sides. 54321
25-32 All advance and retire; 5s (top) and 3s (middle) cross RH, cast 1 place while 4s+2s ½ turn RH and dance up 1 place while 1s (bottom) cross RH and set. 45231

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


MIQ Room 541 R5x32 32-bar Reel for 5C in a 5C set by Gaye Collin 2021

1-3 All 5Cs turn partner RH and finish facing clockwise.
4-8 All chase round clockwise to finish on the opposite side. Order now 5,4,3,2,1.
9-12 2+1Cs at the bottom, and 5+4Cs at the top of the set dance RHs across.
13-16 Middle couples 4,3,2, dance LH across ¾ of the way round to finish in lines across the set, the men facing up the women facing down, in approximately 2nd and 4th places.
17-24 Middle 3Cs take hands in their lines advance 1 step, dropping hands to finish facing to the right 1 step, (i.e. W face men's side M face Women's side, cast back to where you came from (independently of one another), then chase round clockwise to finish back in the side-lines order 2,3,4 again.
25-28 All 5Cs advance and retire,
29-32 Then 5C (in top place) and 3C cross over RH and cast off. 4C+2Cs ½ turn RH and dance up one place. 1C at the bottom cross RH and set. Order 4,5,2,3,1.

Repeat with a new top couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2023)


Dance Information

In August 2021 Damon and I had a 2-week MIQ (Managed Isolation and Quarantine) experiences in the Grand Millennium in Auckland. This dance was devised in our hotel room, our room number was 541.

1-8 Using the number 5. Each day you were allowed 30 minutes exercise outside in either the foyer or level 4, there were arrows directing you to walk round clockwise. So, the turns in bars 1-4 go clockwise, and then 5Cs circle halfway round clockwise, in an orderly fashion.

9-12 Using number 4, we dance RHs across.

13-16 One day during our 30-minute walkabout my arthritic hips were extra sore, so I went into the middle of this large circle and started walking around anticlockwise. Within 30 seconds the army officer watching us, approached and asked me in a very friendly fashion to change direction.

We managed well in limited space, with limited human contact, and limited food variation. Thank goodness for email, YouTube, and zooming friends and family. Our 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, our books, knitting, a great selection of TV channels, and a good sense of humour goes a long way.

Recommended tune: "A Starter for Ten" from the CD Reel On by Jim Lindsay and Muriel Johnstone.

(Dance information by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2023)


Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) was a quarantine initiative implemented by the New Zealand Government during the COVID-19 pandemic. Announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on April 9, 2020, it mandated a 14-day isolation at MIQ facilities for individuals entering the country, COVID-19 positive cases, and some close contacts.

Effective from midnight on the same day, the government contracted numerous hotels across five cities exclusively for managed isolation. The MIQ unit, part of the COVID-19 All-of-Government Response Group, organized this effort.

As of March 10, 2022, the New Zealand Government revealed plans to phase out the MIQ system as part of reopening borders. While most facilities would revert to hotels, four would be retained for necessary quarantine.

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins estimated that by March 2022, the MIQ system had accommodated 230,000 individuals returning to New Zealand and 4,400 people who had contracted COVID-19 in the community.

Managed Isolation And Quarantine Room 541
Managed Isolation And Quarantine Room 541
Grand Millennium in Auckland
Grand Millennium Hotel (On The Left), Auckland


Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Managed Isolation and Quarantine In New Zealand article on Wikipedia.
Top image copyright Glenna Matcham (Lower Hutt Club) 2023, all rights reserved, reproduced here with kind permission.
Lower image copyright Ingolfson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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