Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Scottish Roulette

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SCOTTISH ROULETTE (R32) Large Circle Set Zsófia József
Any number of couples form 2 big circles, men in the outside circle facing in, ladies in the inside circle facing out.

1- 8 All circle round to left, finishing facing new partner
9-16 Turn partner RH, turn partner LH
17-24 Turn partner 2H, dance DoSiDo with partner
25-32 Men make arches and all cross passing partner RSh. Inside circle turn out to face partners. Repeat (men making arches)


Dance Notes

If there is an uneven number of dancers, the extra dancer dances as a Man.
9-24 The 'spare' dancer dances to the centre of the dance where he sets rotating (or has fun otherwise) and returns to the outside circle ready for bar 25.
Scottish Roulette 32 bar reel, round the room dance Zsófia József 2014.
Round the room dance for couples in two circles, men on the outside facing the women on the inside.
Published in A Reel Goulash 2: Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances, 2017.

1-8 All the women form an inner circle facing out and the men form an outer circle facing in. All circle left to find a new partner.
9-16 All, giving right hands to new partner, turn once round and, giving left hands, turn once round.
17-24 All, giving both hands, turn once round and dance back to back.
25-28 All the men form an arch and dance in, while all the women dance out under partner's right arm, set turning about.
29-32 Repeat bars 25-28 so that the women are back in the middle and men on the outside ready to start again.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Zsófia József, 2014)

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Dance Information

This dance, Scottish Roulette, was devised for our regular dance house for beginner dancers.

The Roulette is symbolized by the two circles, if you are the winner you will get a partner after every turn!

Scottish Roulette
Roulette Wheel

Published in
Dance information by the deviser, Zsófia József, 2014.
Dance information from A Reel Goulash 2, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with kind permission.
Image copyright Toni Lozano [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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