Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Pot-Pourri

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A POT-POURRI (M-4x(S16+R16)) 4C set Ian Barbour Set & Cast Off Vol 3

1- 8 1s+4s dance Fig of 8 on own sides round 2s+3s (1s dance in down, 4s dance in/up to start)
9-12 All dance 2 changes of place (as Grand Chain), 2 steps per hand (1s and 4s cross with partner to start). 3(1)(4)2
13-16 2s turn RH while 3s+1s+4 continue Grand Chain, 1 step to each hand. (4s in 3rd place cross, 1s+3s change places on side to start) 1432

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-12 1s+4s dance LH across while 3s+2s dance RH across once round
13-16 Dancers change places in hands across:
 13 4M and 3M pass to dance in other hands across
 14 1M and 2M pass to dance in other hands across
 15 1L and 2L pass to dance in other hands across
 16 4L and 3L pass to dance in other hands across. 2341

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

Dance Information

Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant materials, used to provide a gentle natural scent, commonly in residential settings. It is often placed in a decorative bowl.

The word "potpourri" comes into English from the French word pot-pourri. The French term has two connotations. It is also the French name for a Spanish stew with a wide variety of ingredients called "olla podrida", a specialty of the city of Burgos. The word was taken and copied by the French military during the Napoleonic occupation of Burgos (1808–1813).

Pot-pourri has been used in rooms since ancient times, in a variety of ways, including just scattering it on the floor. In early 17th-century France, fresh herbs and flowers were gathered-beginning in spring and continuing throughout the summer.

Frimley Green
"Pot Pourri" Herbert James Draper (1863–1920), Oil On Canvas, c. 1897
Painting Of A Woman Making Pot-Pourri

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