Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

RAMADAN-CE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Turkish Set

1- 8 1s dance Inveran Reels with 2s+3s
9-16 1s cross RH, cast 1 place and turn RH to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance RSh round 1st corner, pass RSh and dance RSh round 2nd corner to end 2nd place opposite side while 1st corners dance in, ½ turn RH, twirl and dance out to each other's place, 2nd corners dance similarly. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 1s dance ½ LSh reels of 3 across (Man at top with 3s and Lady at bottom with 2s), 1s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on own sides (Man Down, Lady up)

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

John Drewry Turkish Set
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s cross down into Inveran reels with 2s 3s;

  9-12 1s cross by the right and cast;

13-16 1s turn by the right, finishing facing first corners;

17-20 1s follow path of half diagonal reel of 4 WHILE first corners advance, turn by the right halfway, pull right shoulder back and dance out to exchange places;

21-24 1s pass right shoulders and repeat bars 17-20 with 2nd corners, finishing facing partner's second corner position;

25-28 1M3s (at the top) 1L2s half reels of 3 across;

29-32 half reels of 3 on own sides, finishing 2s1s3s.

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

Dance Notes

This is a dance in which 3s are active on bar 1 and so there is a problem with the transition between bar 32 of the even-numbered repeats and bar 1 of the next (odd-numbered) repeat. 1s of the active set just finished arrive in 3rd place of the full set facing in and 3s (who have to be 3rd couple of the new active set) arrive in 4th place facing out; no time is allocated to interchange them. The following modification is recommended.

31-32 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats:
2s complete the half reel normally, finishing facing out, ready to be 2s again in the next repeat;
3s do not dance out to 4th place of the full set but, instead, dance, quite sedately, towards each other finishing facing up (ideally with nearer hands joined) in 3rd position of the full set, ready to be 3s again in the next repeat;
1s do not dance in to 3rd place of the full set but, instead, dance to 4th place of the full set (1L continuing down outside the Ls' line, 1M casting).
Note that the former 1s may encroach on bars 1-2 of the next repeat without interfering with those dancing in the new repeat.

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The Ramadan-ce title, is a clever word play around the two words 'Ramadan' and 'dance'. Note that this dance comes from John Drewry's Turkish Set.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured; from dawn until dusk.

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