Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Orcadian Medley

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE ORCADIAN MEDLEY (M-(S64+R64)) Sq.Set Jessie Stuart Orkney Dances

1- 8 All turn partner ¾ RH, retain hands and Ladies join LH in centre, all dance HS Balance-in-Line, all turn partner back to places
9-16 All dance interlocking reels of 4 (pass partner RSh to start)
17-24 All set advancing passing partner LSh, ½ turn next dancer 2H, pull back RSh to face; repeat to end facing partner in his/her place
25-32 1s+3s dance Men's Chain
33-40 2s+4s dance Men's Chain
41-56 All dance Schiehallion Reel. Finish facing partner
57-64 All repeat 17-24 to end in original places

1- 8 All clap, all circle 8H round and back
9-24 Ladies dance in front of partner, behind next Man and dance RH across, dance in front of next Man, behind next and dance RH across back to place
25-40 Men repeat 9-24 dancing LH across
41-48 All turn partner ¾ RH, retain hands and Ladies join LH in centre, all Balance-in-Line; all ½ turn RH, retain hands and Men join LH in centre, all Balance-in-Line but on 2nd setting step Men hands, pull back RSh, join RH across in centre, LH with partner all facing clockwise
49-64 All dance ¼ RH across (2 steps) and set; repeat 3 more times but on last 2 bars drop hands, Men BtoB in centre set to partner, bow/curtsey

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

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