Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Smiling Lila

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Smiling Lila
Don Bartlett   Toronto, 2017
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s 2s cross by the right;

  3-4   taking hands on the sides, 1s2s set;

  5-6   1s2s link on the sides (as in set and link for 2), modified so that 2s finish in 1st position facing down, 1s in 2nd position facing up, on opposite sides, nearer hands joined;

  7-8   2s1s set facing up and down;

  9-10 2s1s link across the set, finishing 2s1s on own sides, nearer hands joined;

11-12 2s1s set facing partners;

13-16 taking nearer hands, 1s lead up between 2s and cast to 2nd place;

17-24 1s lead down the middle and back to 2nd place, finishing facing out and up;

25-32 modified mirror reels of 3 on the sides, 1s crossing down on reaching top place and up on reaching bottom place to finish 2s1s3s on own sides.

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

Dance Notes

  3-6   Although some dancers might find it easier to treat this as a slightly modified set and link for 2 on the sides, the phrasing would be anathema to the musically aware.

  7-10 If this were treated as a form of set and link for 2 across the set, the phrasing across the 8-bar boundary would be even less acceptable.

17-24 Nearer hands fits the succeeding figure better.

    -32 As specified by the deviser, it is natural, and more elegant, for 1L to pull right shoulder back as she finishes in 2nd place after crossing up by the right.

Dance Instruction Videos

Smiling Lila - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Don Bartlett, the deviser, dedicated this dance to his eponymous granddaughter.

He has composed tunes for the dance and has generously made available the sheet music of the tunes as Smiling Lila - Sheet Music.

He will also provide an 8x32 audio file (mp3) of the music on request to

Dance information by the deviser and Rob Lockhart.

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