Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rubik's Cube

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Rubik's Cube
Svetlana Zhubrina 2018
Reel 96 bars 4 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Square Set
Mn at midpoint of each side, Ls at corners of square on right of partner.

  1-4   Mn 4 hands round to the left halfway, clap and retire, finishing in opposite place WHILE Ls cast clockwise one place, clap and advance to take hands in a circle;

  5-8   Ls 4 hands round to the right halfway, clap and retire, finishing one place anticlockwise from original place;

  9-16 Mn half petronella, finishing in original places WHILE Ls set and cast clockwise one place, twice, Ls finishing one place clockwise from original place;

17-24 Mn dance figure of 8 on the side, giving left shoulder to the L on his left (his partner) to start;

25-32 Mn right hands across, clap and left hands back, finishing facing diagonally out to partner;

33-38 Mn ¾ of hello-goodbye setting, finishing one place anticlockwise from original place;

39-40 Mn clap and petronella turn one place to finish opposite original place;

41-42 all set, Mn pulling right shoulder back to face out;

43-44 Mn cast clockwise, finishing one place anticlockwise from original places, WHILE Ls advance, pulling right shoulder back to face M in partner's original place;

45-46 all turn the facing dancer halfway, Ls finishing facing out;

47-48 Ls cast clockwise, finishing in the M's place one place clockwise from partner's original place WHILE Mn dance out to the L's place one place anticlockwise from partner's original place, finishing facing out;

49-96 repeat bars 1-48, Ls dancing as the Mn, Mn as the Ls.

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

Dance Notes

In this dance, all Mn dance exactly the same figures, as do all Ls; this is just like the chorus part of many square dances.

The layout of the square set is unconventional, starting with each M at the midpoint of the side (i.e., halfway between the couple's conventional position) and each L at a corner of the square set (not normally occupied). Although the dance could be performed with the conventional layout of couples, this alternative has the merit that the Ls start disposed as in a St Andrew's Cross and the Mn as in a St George's Cross.

The deviser specifies the dance as being for 8 dancers, numbered clockwise with 1L (as defined above) as 1; she also uses the terms edges (Mn in the first half, Ls in the second) and corners (Ls in the first half, Mn in the second). However, there is a useful partner relationship for each M with the L starting the first half on his right and for each L with the M starting the second half on her right and so the MaxiCrib is written in that way.

  3-     All clap.

  5-6   Note that the phrasing of the Ls hands round is slower than that of the Mn's 4 bars earlier.

  7-     Ls clap.

29-     Mn clap.

39-     Mn clap.

49-96 Wherever there is a reference to a L's partner, this means the M on her right at the beginning of bar 49.

    -96 All finish in original places, facing in.

Rubik's Cube 2x48 bar Reel 8 person Sq.Set Svetlana Zhubrina
Start position:
5    6    7
4         8
3    2    1

1-8 Edges dance circle 4H round to left ½ way, clap and Retire to opposite place WHILE Corners chase clockwise 1 place, clap and dance in; Corners dance circle 4H round to right ½ way clap and Retire 36587214
9-16 Edges Petronella to original places WHILE corners set, cast to next corner place clockwise, repeat 72143658
17-24 Edges dance Fig of 8 round nearer corners begin LSh to 3rd corner
25-32 Edges RHA, clap and LHA end to 3rd corner
33-40 Edges dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting ending with a clap and petronella turn to opposite places 76183254
41-48 All Rubik's Set and Rotate:
 All Set, Edges rotate singly and dance on 1 edge place clockwise while Corners dance in to end BtoB facing Edge persons
 Edges change places RH with Corners and Edges dance on corner place while Corners dance to next edge place clockwise 47618325

(Dance crib compiled by Vitaliy Chekmaryov, YouTube)

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Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube

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