Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Slàinte Mhath

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Slàinte Mhath
Jean Attwood   Leaflet
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s2s 3s4s set;

  3-4   1s2s 3s4s right hands across halfway;

  5-6   1s4s set;

  7-8   1s4s left hands across halfway;

  9-10 2s4s1s3s set on sides;

11-12 4s cast up to above 1st place WHILE 1s cast to below 4th place WHILE 2s 3s set;

13-14 4s 1s cross by the right WHILE 2s 3s turn by the right halfway (finishing 2s facing down, 3s up);

15-16 4s cast to 2nd place WHILE 1s cast up to 3rd place WHILE 2s lead down under arch made by 3s, finishing 3s4s1s2s;

17-24 3s4s 1s2s double figures of 8 (3s casting down and 2s casting up to start), finishing with 4L4M1L1M facing own sides in balance position on the centre line of the set;

25-26 4L4M1L1M set in balance position;

27-28 4s 1s turn by the right ¾ finishing facing up;

29-32 4s followed by 1s lead up, cross and cast, finishing 3s1s4s2s.

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

Dance Information

"Slàinte Mhath" in Gaelic means "Good Health"; like "Slàinte Mhòr", which means "Great Health", it is used as a greeting but much more commonly as a toast with a dram of whisky. "Slàinte Mhath" should be pronounced as "Sslah~nch~ Vah" in English, and "Slàinte Mhòr" as "Sslah~nch~ Voer", with stress always on the first syllable and where:
  "ss" is as in "less";
  "ah" is as in "shah";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ch" is as in "chat"; and
  "oe" is as in "toe".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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