Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Nimbus 2002

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

NIMBUS 2002 (R80) Sq.Set Vicky Goodloe, 2002

1- 8 All circle 8H ½ round to left; Ladies dance ½ RH across and turn opposite Man LH
9-16 Ladies dance ½ RH across and turn partner LH (finish on Man's right); all circle 8H ½ round to right to original places
17-24 Men dance ½ LH across and turn opposite Lady RH; Men dance ½ LH across and turn partner ¾ RH, Men face in, Ladies face out
25-32 All dance ½ Schiehallion reel to opposite place. End with Men joining LH in centre, RH with partner all facing anticlockwise
33-40 Men dance LH across 1½ times round while
Ladies dance 2 steps then pull back RSh and cast back, passing 1 Man to join LH with opposite Man (e.g. 1L+3M), Ladies dance 2 steps and cast back, pass partner RSh and all end in partner's original place, Ladies facing in, Men facing out
41-48 All dance ½ Schiehallion reel to opposite place. End with Ladies joining LH in centre, RH with partner all facing anticlockwise
49-56 Repeat 33-40 with Ladies dancing LH across and Men casting. End with Ladies BtoB in centre facing partner
57-64 1s+3s dance ½ reel of 4 and turn partner RH to opposite side while 2s+4s turn partner RH then dance ½ reel of 4 to opposite side
65-72 Repeat 57-64 to end in original places
73-80 Dancer's choice (e.g. circle 8H round and back)

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Also see the dance Nimbus 2017 adaptation by John Aitken.

Nimbus 2002 depicts a game of Quidditch from Harry Potter.

The game is fast, so the team decide to practise slowly (Strathspey), shake hands and then play for real. The Schiehallion reels show one team (the men) racing quickly ahead, followed closely by the other team (women). Then the teams reorganise and try to set up their next plays (hands across and casting off); suddenly the women are in the lead on the reels, and the men are chasing behind.

The interlocking half reels of four and turning are further evidence of skilful players trying to outsmart each other on the pitch, before the first man then holds the Golden Snitch aloft in victory at the end!

(Dance information from Nimbus 2002 video on YouTube)


In the world of the Harry Potter novels and movies, Quidditch is a magical competitive sport involving flying contestants. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls: a Quaffle, two Bludgers, and a Golden Snitch. Six ring-shaped goals are situated atop poles of different heights, three on each side of the pitch. It is an extremely rough but very popular semi-contact sport, played by wizards and witches.

Golden Snitch
Golden Snitch


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Text from this original Quidditch article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Karen Roe from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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