Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Scholars' Bus

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Scholars' Bus
Deirdre MacCuish Bark   Toronto, December 2013
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s 3s quarter petronella, finishing facing partners on the centre line;

  5-8   1s 3s turn by the right and release hands, 1L 3M finishing facing clockwise, 1M3L taking left hands;

  9-12 1L2M3M2L chase clockwise halfway WHILE 1M3L turn by the left 1½ times, all finishing facing partners;

13-16 all set to and turn partners by the right to finish 3s2s1s on the centre line, facing up;

17-22 3s2s1s dance bars 1-6 of allemande, finishing on the centre line, 1s 2s facing up, 3s down;

23-24 1s cast one place WHILE 2s dance up to 1st place WHILE 3M pull right shoulder back, 3L left and dance out to 3rd place, 1s 3s finishing facing out;

25-32 1s dance in and down into mirror reels of 3.

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


Dance Notes

24-30 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, complete the reels of 3 in 6 bars, 3s finishing facing out.

31-32 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 3s cast up to 3rd place of the full set WHILE 1s dance in and down to 4th place.


Dance Instruction Videos

The Scholars' Bus - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

The recommended music is that for The Celebration Jig on the CD, SSCD09, 15 Social Dances, by Muriel Johnstone's Band.

In the mid 1950s, my sister and I attended Finsbay School on the Island of Harris for a short while, the same school that my father and his siblings had attended in the years after the Great War.

The Quidinish scholars who lived far from the school had to walk to the nearest roadhead, as there was no road down to their crofts, and from there they would catch a ride in a van to school.

The van passed my aunt's house and, as she was the school teacher, both she, my sister and I had a ride to school.

The Scholars Bus - Information Video

Finsbay Image
Finsbay (Fionnsabhagh)


Dance Information by the deviser, Deirdre MacCuish Bark.
Image Copyright Anne Burgess under this Creative Commons Licence.

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