Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The River Hutt

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE RIVER HUTT (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Gaye Collin SCD Is All Around The World

1- 8 1s cast, followed by 2s+3s (nearer hands joined as they dance up), meet in 3rd place, dance up and cast to original places
9-16 All set, all ½ turn partner 2H, turn right about and dance out to partner's place and all set.(1)(2)(3)
17-24 Mirror (reflection) reels of 3 starting on opposite sides, each couple crosses to own side from top place. End in centre, 1s at top facing down, 2s facing up nearer hands joined.123
25-32 1s+2s dance Rondel. 1s end in 2nd place facing out ready to start again

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


Dance Notes

16-24 Take care when dancing the mirror reels. A gentle pace is needed here especially for third couple's entry into the reel.

  1-2   When a NEW first couple begin the dance, the NEW third couple begin from fourth place by taking nearer hands and dancing up the middle as the original first couple dance down behind them, after finishing the Rondel.

(Dance notes compiled by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2020)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The dance was devised on Monday April 7th 2014 at 11pm after returning home from dancing at the Lower Hutt SCD Club.

Early in the spring/summer mornings of the Covid-19 pandemic, the deviser biked (on a new electric bike) along the Hutt River. The river flow, with its small whirlpools, and the bridges are shown in the formations of this dance; the river is a great place to open your mind, get some exercise, and of course see dancing formations in nature.

(Dance information by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2020)


Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River flows through the southern North Island of New Zealand.

It flows south-west from the southern Tararua Range for 56 kilometres (35 miles), forming a number of fertile floodplains, including Kaitoke, central Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt.

The river's outflow, at Petone, is into Wellington Harbour.

The Hutt River Trail - Information Video

Hutt River
Hutt River - Panorama Looking From East To South Taken From Lower Hutt's Western Hills, New Zealand


Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Hutt River article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Adaros (Adam Rosner) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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