Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Slàinte Mhòr

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

SLAINTE MHOR (R64) Sq.Set Moira Stacey Decade of Dance

1- 8 1s and 3s dance out between side couple on Left (Man leading) onto opposite place, all circle 8H round to Left ½ way
9-16 2s and 4s dance out between side couple on Right (Lady leading) onto opposite place and all circle 8H round to Right ½ way
17-24 Ladies dance RH across, set and turn partner RH into middle
25-32 Men dance LH across, set and turn partner RH into prom hold
33-40 1s and 3s Promenade ½ way clockwise while 2s and 4s Adv&Ret, 2s and 4s Promenade ½ way clockwise while 1s and 3s Adv&Ret
41-48 1s+3s dance ½ R&L, 2s+4s dance ½ R&L
49-56 1s and 3s dance out between side couple on Right (Lady leading) onto opposite place and all circle 8H round to Right ½ way
57-64 2s and 4s dance out between side couple on Left (Man leading) onto opposite place and all circle 8H round to Left ½ way

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


Slainte Mhor A reel in a square set by Moira Stacey

1-4 1st and 3rd men followed by their partners, dance between the couple on their left to finish on the opposite side.
5-8 8 hands half way round to the left.
9-12 2nd and 4th women followed by their partners, dance between the couple on their right to finish on the opposite side.
13-16 8 hands half way round to the right.
17-20 Women dance right hands across to face partners, backs to the centre.
21-24 Set and turn partner right hands half way round. (Men now in middle)
25-32 Men dance left hands across to face partner, set and turn right hands into promenade hold. (1st and 3rd couples half turn to face clockwise, 2nd and 4th couples ¾ turn to face the centre of the set).
33-36 1st and 3rd couples promenade half way round clockwise while 2nd and 4th couples advance and retire in promenade hold.
37-40 1st and 3rd couples advance and retire while 2nd and 4th couples promenade halfway round clockwise.
41-44 1st and 3rd couples half rights and lefts.
45-48 2nd and 4th couples half right and lefts.
49-52 1st and 3rd women followed by own partners dance between the couple on their right to finish on the opposite side.
53-56 8 hands half way round to the right.
57-60 2nd and 4th men followed by their partners dance between the couple on the left to finish on the opposite side.
61-64 8 hands half way round to the left.

(Dance Crib compiled by Moira Stacey, - Copyright © by Moira Stacey. All rights reserved.)


Dance Information

This dance, Slainte Mhor, was devised by Moira Stacey for John Staniland's 60th birthday.

"Slàinte Mhòr" in Gaelic means "Great Health"; like "Slàinte Mhath", which means "Good Health", it is used as a greeting but much more commonly as a toast with a dram of whisky. "Slàinte Mhòr" should be pronounced as "Sslah~nch~ Voer" in English, and "Slàinte Mhath" as "Sslah~nch~ Vah", 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.

Recommended music is "The Diamond" and "Mr Stewart Junior of Carnock's Reel".
(Recommended by Moira Stacey)



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