Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Silken Knot

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Silken Knot by Sue McKinnell 4x32 Strathspey for 4C square set

1-8 1W and 3W dance directly across the dance and behind the position of the man opposite, then turn to dance into the set as if between the couple opposite (who are not there)
WHILE 1M and 3M turn over RS and cast behind next couple CW (1M to 2C and 3M to 4C), then turn to dance into the set between that couple. 1C and 3C dance RH across, 1C ending in promenade hold facing 2C, 3C ending in promenade hold facing 4C.
9-16 Eight-bar reels 1C in promenade hold with 2C, 3C in promenade hold with 4C; 1C end facing 2C, 3C end facing 4C.
17-24 1C and 2C, 3C and 4C set to each other and dance four hands once round to the left; then 1M and 3M lead partner by RH across in front of them to dance to original positions WHILE 2C and 3C set.
25-32 All turn partner both hands once round, then circle eight hands round to the left ¾ of the way around the set, ending 2, 3, 4, 1.

Repeat 4 times.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Mar 2000)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Suggested music is The Monmouth Ramble from Celebrate 50 Years with the Boston Branch, or the Balmoral Strathspey from Dances Frae the North.

Dance information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell.

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