Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Simmer Dim

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE SIMMER DIM (J4x32) 4C set Rosalind Morrison The Island Set,

1- 8 All Ladies Advance (2 steps) and ladies set to partners (who set); Ladies clap and dance round partners RSh back to place
9-16 Men repeat bars 1- 8
17-24 All circle 8H round and back
25-32 1s lead down to bottom and turn RH (long turn) 2s+3s+4s step up 27-28

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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The Northern Isles is a chain of islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. There are two main island groups: Shetland and Orkney.

One of the fascinations of the islands is their "nightless" summers. On the longest day in Shetland there are over 19 hours of daylight and complete darkness is unknown. This long twilight is known in the Northern Isles as the "simmer dim".

The Simmer Dim
The Simmer Dim
Mill Burn And The Houb, Baltasound, Shetland - Half Past Eleven At Night

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