Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Orpington Caledonians

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ORPINGTON CALEDONIANS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Brenchley RSCDS Book 49

1- 8 1s set, 1L casts and followed by 1M, dances across to 2M's place facing out (2s step up 5-6). 1L+3M also 1M+3L ½ turn LH and Men face out
9-16 3s+1s dance Ladies' Chain, 1M finishes facing out
17-24 1M followed by 1L casts up, dances across to 2M place (3s step down 19-20). 2s+1s dance RH across. 1M and 2L face out
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides (1s+3s pass LSh to start)

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


Orpington Caledonians
John Brenchley   RSCDS Book 49
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s set, 1L finishing facing out;

  3-6   1L, followed by 1M, cast and chase to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides, 1L facing out;

  7-8   1L3M 1M3L turn halfway by the left, 3M 1M finishing facing out;

  9-16 3s1s ladies' chain, 1M finishing facing out;

17-20 1M, followed by 1L, cast up and chase to finish in 2nd place on own sides, 1M facing out;

21-24 2s 1s right hands across, 1M finishing facing out;

25-32 2s1s3s parallel reels of 3 on the sides, 1s giving left shoulder to 3s to start.

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


Dance Notes

The flow between figures in this dance is especially satisfying and the flow between repeats is readily choreographed.

  1-2   In the 3rd, 5th and 7th repeats, the former 1M cast and the former 1L dance down inside the set to finish in 4th place of the full set WHILE those in 4th place step up.

    -4   1L must finish the casting below 2L who has not yet stepped up.

  5-6   2s step up.

    -18 1M must finish the casting above 3L who has not yet stepped down.

19-20 3s step down.

    -32 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1M finish facing out.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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Dance Information

The dance was originally devised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Orpington and District Caledonian Society in 1987.

Dance Information by Hadyn Davies.

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