Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Over The Volcano

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Over the Volcano
Tim Eyres
Reel   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   2s 4s set advancing to finish back to back with partners and facing out WHILE 1s 3s 5s petronella turn anticlockwise around the periphery of the set, finishing 1L2M1M4M3M on the Mn's side, 3L2L5L4L5M on the Ls' side;

  3-4   all balance in line on the sides;

  5-6   2s 4s set to exchange positions with partners as in double triangles WHILE the corners again petronella turn anticlockwise around the set to finish 3L2L1L4L1M on the Mn's side, 5L2M5M4M3M on the Ls' side;

  7-8   all balance in line on the sides, 2s 4s finishing facing first corner positions;

  9-24 2s 4s dance half diagonal reels of 4 successively with first corner, second corner, partner's first corner and partner's second corner positions, passing right shoulder between half reels, all finishing in original places;

25-26 1s2s 3s4s right hands across halfway WHILE 5s turn halfway by the left, retaining hold;

27-28 2s turn halfway by the right, retaining hold, WHILE 1s4s 3s5s left hands across halfway;

29-30 2s4s 1s5s right hands across halfway WHILE 3s turn halfway by the left, retaining hold;

31-32 4s turn halfway by the right WHILE 2s5s 1s3s left hands across halfway, finishing 4s5s2s3s1s.

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


Dance Notes

  1-2   Corners must take large setting steps, travelling on the left as well as the right foot step.

  3-4   As in double triangles.

  5-6   Corners must take large setting steps, travelling on the left as well as the right foot step.

  7-8   As in double triangles.

  9-24 Corners progress as in Polharrow Burn, waiting only in 1st or 5th place and never stopping in 3rd place.

25-30 The couple reaching the top or bottom retain hands ready for their turn halfway and again ready for the next hands across.

    -26 2s, at the top, retain hold (right hand).

    -28 3s, at the bottom, retain hold (left hand).

    -30 4s, at the top, retain hold (right hand).


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