Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Passing The Torch

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PASSING THE TORCH (J4x32) 4C set Jim Rae To Be A Wind
3s+4s start on opposite sides

1- 6 All clap, 1s+4s dance DoSiDo; 1s cross down 1 place and 4s cross up 1 place (2s step up and 3s step down 5-6) 2(1)4(3)
7- 8 1s and 4s advance, join RH with partner and Ladies turn under Mans's right arm to end 1L followed by 1M facing 2M, 4L followed by 4M facing 3M (1st corner diagonal)
9-10 1s+4s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 4 with 2M and 3M (2 bars i.e. pass corner and change lead)
11-12 1s+4s dance RH across ¼ round (2 bars), 1s face 3L and 4s face 2L (2nd corner diagonal)
13-16 1s+4s repeat 9-12, 1s face 2M and 4s face 3M (1st corner diagonal)
17-20 1s+4s dance Alternating Tandem pass and turn with 2M+3M; 1s+4s dance RH across ¼ round, 1s face 3L and 4s face 2L (2nd corner diagonal)
21-24 1s+4s dance Alternating Tandem pass and turn with 3L+2L; 1s+4s dance RH across ¼ round and face clockwise
25-28 1s+4s dance RH across while 3s+2s chase anticlockwise ½ round. End 2 4 (1) (3) with 4s+1s BtoB in centre facing corner
29-32 All turn corner LH (4M with 2M, 4L with 2L, 1M with 3M, 1L with 3L). End in longwise set. 24(1)(3)

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

"Passing the Torch" is an idiomatic expression commonly used to denote the transfer of responsibilities, leadership, or knowledge from one individual or generation to another.

This figurative phrase is often employed in various contexts, including business, sports, and mentorship. It signifies the transition of authority or expertise from an incumbent or experienced figure to a successor, with the aim of maintaining continuity, preserving institutional knowledge, or ensuring a smooth handover of duties.

The metaphor draws on the image of a torch relay, where one runner passes the lit torch to the next in a symbolic act of succession.

In practical terms, passing the torch involves a deliberate and planned transfer of skills, information, or leadership roles to facilitate a seamless transition and the ongoing success of an organization, project, or initiative.

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