Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Perpetuum Mobile

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PERPETUUM MOBILE (J4x40) 4C set Ferenc Szemerédi Budapest SCDs

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across, 2s and 3s cross LH while 1s+4s chase clockwise ½ way
9-16 4s+2s dance "Mirror Ladies' Chain" (Men cross RH, Ladies turn Men LH on side) while 3s+1s dance (normal) Men's Chain ending with 4L+2M and 3L+1M turning RH 1½ times
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on the sides and end with 4s and 1s facing out
25-28 All Balance-in-Line, all ¾ turn RH person on right into lines of 4 across with 4s and 1s in middle facing up/down
29-32 All Balance-in-Line and all ¾ turn RH person on right onto sides
33-36 2s+4s chase clockwise ¾ round square to end on opposite sides with 1s+3s dancing likewise
37-40 2s+4s also 1s+3s cross (Ladies pass between Men) and Ladies change places RH to end 2413

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

Dance Information

Also see the dance The Eternal Flame (Perpetuum Mobile) by John Drewry.

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