Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Salt Of The Earth

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SALT OF THE EARTH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring Auld Friends Meet

1- 4 1s cross RH and cast to 3rd place while 2s+3s set and cross up 1 place
5- 8 2s cast down 2 places while 1s dance up to top and 1s+3s change places on sides (LH Men's side, RH Ladies side). (3)(1)(2)
9-16 3L+1L also 1M+2M set and dance ½ RH across; 1M dances ½ Fig of 8 round top couple while 1L dances ½ Fig of 8 round bottom couple
17-24 3M+1M also 1L+2L set and dance ½ LH across; 1L dances ½ Fig of 8 round top couple while 1M dances ½ Fig of 8 round bottom couple. 2(1)3
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving RSh to 2nd corners to start and cross RH to 2nd places own sides

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Salt Of The Earth is a common expression. If you say that someone is the salt of the earth, you are trying to indicate that they are a very good and honest.

The expression comes from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' longest speech and teaching in the New Testament, where Jesus tells his followers, who are mainly fishermen and other simple people, "Ye are the salt of the Earth."

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