Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Sleeping Warrior

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE SLEEPING WARRIOR (S4x32) 4C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2
2s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s and 4s set and cross RH, all set to partners and ½ turn RH ending ready for Allemande (1s and 2s facing up and 3s and 4s down, Ladies on partner's right)
9-16 All dance Interlocking Allemandes:
   1s+2s dance normal Allemande but end in 3rd/1st place while 3s+4s Allemande down and end in 4th/2nd places 2(4)1(3)
   Optional: Bars 15-16: 4s and 1s turn partners LH once round and remain in centre ready for...
17-24 1s+4s dance LH across once round, 2s+4s also 1s+3s dance RH across once round and open out for...
25-32 All circle 8H round and back end 2(4)1(3)

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


Dance Notes

15-16 Optionally, 4s and 1s turn partners LH once round and remain in centre.

(Dance notes by Charles Upton and his successors)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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Dance Information

The Sleeping Warrior is the profile of the north Arran hills in Scotland as seen from the Ayrshire coast. It is a well-known site that takes its name from a resemblance to a resting human figure.

Various interpretations of the profile exist although the view of the Witches Step and Caisteal Abhail from North Ayrshire and Bute is arguably the most convincing.

Sleeping Warrior
Sleeping Warrior View From Bute Across To The 'Sleeping Warrior' On The Sky-Line Of Arran.
The Head In Profile Is Just Left Of Centre, To The Right (Under A Blanket) Are The Hands Clasped On The Chest With The Rest Of The Body Sloping Down From There.


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