Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Salute To Ian Robertson

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SALUTE TO IAN ROBERTSON (S3x32) 3C set Jane and Brian 2017

1- 8 2s cross down RH, cast up round 3s; cross up RH and cast round 1s to end facing 1st corners
9-16 2s set to and turn 1st corners 2H; set to and turn 2nd corners 2H, ending between corners. 2(1)3
17-24 Mirror reels of 3 on sides (2s cross down, 1s out/down, 3s out/up to start). 123
25-32 1s+2s+3s dance the Slip Knot:
   25-30 All 3 couples dance first 6 bars of standard Knot. (3)(2)(1)
   31-32 1s (at bottom) turn LH to own side while 3s+2s dance ½ LH across to end on own side. 231

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


Salute to Ian Robertson
Jane and Brian Rose  2017
Strathspey   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   2s take right hands and cross down into half figures of 8 across;

  5-8   2s take right hands and cross up into half figures of 8 across, finishing facing first corners;

  9-12 2s set to and turn first corners (both hands), finishing facing second corners;

13-16 2s set to and turn second corners (both hands), finishing in 2nd place, opposite sides;

17-24 giving left hands, 2s cross down into mirror reels of three on own sides, all finishing in original places;

25-32 all dance the slip knot for three couples, finishing 2s3s1s:

25-30 all dance as in the knot for three couples, finishing 3s2s1s on opposite sides of the centre line and retaining left hand hold;

31-32 3s2s left hands across halfway WHILE 1s turn halfway by the left.

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


Dance Notes

19-24 All take nearer hands at every opportunity.

27-29 All must move quickly to finish in the Ls' sideline, each L above partner.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

Salute To Ian Robertson - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

The dance, Salute to Ian Robertson, was written to mark Ian B Robertson's 50th birthday.

Ian is well known for providing superb music for dancers with either his fiddle or accordion. However not many people are aware that Ian is also a proficient dancer.

This dance has been written so that the couples dance primarily with, or mirror, their partners and can be helped by the giving of hands.

The recommended music is Muriel Johnstone's Compliments to Ian Robertson.


Ian Robertson is a full-time musician playing keyboard, accordion and fiddle.

Ian plays at events like ceilidhs, weddings, Burns Night functions and Scottish Country Dancing venues all over the world.

Ian Robertson - Information Video

Ian Robertson at home playing the accordion
Ian Robertson Playing His Accordion


Dance information by Jane Rose, 2017.
Image copyright Ian Robertson Ian Robertson video on Youtube.

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