Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Scarborough Holiday

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 All change places RH with partner and chase clockwise ½ round, change places RH with partner and Ladies face out
9-16 ½ Schiehallion reels (8 bars) back to original places, Ladies facing out
17-24 Double Men's Chain (LH across in centre)
25-32 1s+3s dance ½ R&L; turn partners RH
33-40 2s+4s dance ½ R&L; turn partner RH. All face partners
41-56 Grand Chain ½ way, set; Grand Chain back to places and set using 2nd setting to face in
57-64 1s+3s dance ½ R&L; turn partners RH
65-72 2s+4s dance ½ R&L; turn partner RH. All Ladies face out
73-80 Double Men's Chain (LH across in centre) All Ladies face out
81-88 ½ Schiehallion reels (8 bars) to place opposite start position and face partner
89-96 All change places RH with partner, chase clockwise back to original position and change places RH with partner

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

Dance Information

This jig, A Scarborough Holiday, is in The Holiday Dances: A Collection of Scottish Country Dances Devised by Jean Shaw, North Wales and was written to celebrate and remember the Scottish Country Dances Holidays organised by Jean Shaw over the years. It refers to holidays in Scarborough 2007 and 2008.

Scarborough is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England.

Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, the town lies between 10-230 feet (3-70 m) above sea level, rising steeply northward and westward from the harbour on to limestone cliffs. The older part of the town lies around the harbour and is protected by a rocky headland.

With a population of just over 61,000, Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast.

The town has fishing and service industries, including a growing digital and creative economy, as well as being a tourist destination. People who live in the town are known as Scarborians.

Scarborough Beach Scene
Scarborough Beach
"Sand, Sea And Sky - A Summer Fantasy" John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893), Oil On Board, c. 1892

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Text from this original Scarborough, North Yorkshire article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright John Atkinson Grimshaw / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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