Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Octogenarian Dancer

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THE OCTOGENARIAN DANCER (S80) Sq set Stephen Gibson

1- 8 1s and 3s dance Figs of 8 round 2s/4s (1M+3L round 2s, 1L+3M round 4s) dancing out and between 2s/4s to start and end back in original places
9-16 All circle left and back
17-24 2s and 4s dance similar loops:-
2L and 4L followed by partner dance anticlockwise loops round 1s/3s (2s round 1s, 4s round 3s) with Men dancing in between the standing couples to take lead, continue dancing anticlockwise round standing couples with Ladies dancing in between the standing couples to meet the other dancing couples
25-32 2s+4s dance RH across and dance out through standing couples (Men passing 1L/3L RSh and Ladies passing 1M/3M RSh) and clockwise to places then dancing couples change places RH
33-40 2s+4s dance Men's Chain
41-56 1s+3s repeat bars 17-32 (dancing around 2s/4s)
57-64 1s+3s dance Men's Chain
65-72 2s and 4s dance Fig of 8 round 1s and 3s (2L+4M round 1s, 2M+4L round 3s)
73-80 All circle round left and back

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


THE OCTOGENARIAN DANCER 80 Bar Strathspey Square Set Stephen Gibson

1- 8 1s and 3s dance Fig of 8 round the standing 2's and 4's. (1s Man and 3s Lady round 2s: 1s Lady and 3s Man round 4s)
9-16 ALL circle round and back
17-24 2's and 4's dance Parallel loops:-
' Ladies leading by turning to the Right and followed by partners, dance round the outside of the set, 2's round 1's and 4's round 3's.
' Ladies dance down round the standing Ladies WHILE Men dance through between the couples THEN Men leading dance up followed by partners, and round the standing Men,
' finishing by Men dancing round the standing Ladies WHILE Ladies dance through between the couples
25-32 2's and 4's Right Hands Across in the middle of the set then dance back to places (Dancing Men giving Right Shoulder to standing Ladies, and dancing Ladies Right Shoulder to the standing Men) taking 6 bars and on bars 7-8 dancing couples change places giving Right Hands, flowing into...
33-40 2's and 4's Men's chain
41-56 1's and 3's Repeat bars 17-32... flowing into...
57-64 1's and 3's Men's chain
65-72 2's and 4's dance Fig of 8 round the standing 1's and 3's. (2s Lady and 4s Man round 1s; 2s Man and 4s Lady round 3s)
73-80 ALL circle round and back.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Stephen Gibson, August 2013)


Dance Information

Devised by Stephen Gibson in August, 2013 and dedicated to all Octogenarian dancers everywhere.

Suggested music: The Avon Valley Strathspey from the CD "The Kangaroo Paw" by Marian Anderson and Her Scottish Dance Band.

An octogenarian is a person aged from 80 to 89 years of age.

Octogenarian Image
Octogenarian Dancers On The Isle Of Barra


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Text from this original Dividing The Lifespan - Octogenarian article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Chalmers Butterfield.

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