Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Ruby Years

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE RUBY YEARS (R6x32) 2C (3C set) Barbara Caldicott Brighouse Ruby Anniversary Collection

1- 8 1M+2L change places LH, dance behind partner back to place; 1s+2s dance LH across
9-16 1L+2M change places RH, dance behind partner back to place, 1s+2s dance RH across, 2s face out
17-24 1s+2s dance double Fig of 8 (1s cross down, 2s cast up)
25-32 1s+2s turn ¾ RH into line up down middle (Men face up, Ladies down), 1s+2s dance ½ reel of 4 and turn partners ¾ RH to own side. 2 1

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

Dance Information

It is traditional on anniversaries to give your partner (or couples) a gift that symbolises the particular anniversary. These gifts are made of different materials for each anniversary.

The anniversary associated with the material 'Ruby' is the 40th.

Here is a list of the materials associated with traditional anniversary gifts in the UK for the various years.

1st    Cotton11th   Scent30th   Pearl
2nd   Paper12th   Silk and Fine Linen35th   Coral
3rd    Leather13th   Barometer40th   Ruby
4th    Fruit and Flower14th   Clock45th   Sapphire
5th    Wooden15th   Crystal50th   Gold
6th    Sugar16th   Holloware55th   Emerald
7th    Woollen18th   Coloured Gems60th   Diamond
8th    Salt, Pottery19th   Furniture65th   Blue Sapphire
9th    Copper20th   China70th   Platinum
10th  Tin, coal25th   Silver75th   Diamond
80th   Oak

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