Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rainbows Over Bethlehem

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

RAINBOWS OVER BETHLEHEM (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Alasdair Brown Eglinton Collection

1- 4 1s set, ½ RH turn moving down to finish in middle of set in 2nd place facing each other. (2s step up bars 3-4)
5- 6 2s+1s+3s set
7- 8 1s (using pas-de-basque) pull back RSh to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides (1M facing down, 1L facing up) while 2s+3s Petronella turn to form a line of 4 up/down centre
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Weasel reel of 4:
 2s+3s dance part reel of 4 up/down middle but when reaching either end they dance clockwise to top/bottom to re-enter reel while 1s dance clockwise to replace dancer leaving the reel. All end where they started
 Note - Weasel Reel - Dancers facing down, reel down middle and dance up Men's side while those facing up reel up middle and dance down Ladies' side
17-18 All set
19-24 1s dance La Baratte:
 1s ½ turn RH and retain hand but at arm's length from each other, 1M retraces steps with 1L turning right under Man's arm briefly into Allemande hold (Man behind Lady facing Lady's original place) and releasing Lady's RH she turns under Man's left arm until almost in original places. 1s turn LH to face 1st corners
 2s+3s Petronella turn, set on the sides and ½ LH turn to own side
25-28 1s and 1st corners dance Corners pass and turn with 1s passing LSh and corners turning LH. To finish, 1s turn RH to face 2nd corners
29-32 1s and 2nd corners dance normal Corners pass and turn, 1s pass RSh to 2nd place own side.

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

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