Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The St Bernard's Waltz

Scottish Country Dance Instruction


1- 8 All in waltz hold take 3 steps anticlockwise and stamp both feet, 3 steps in opposite direction then 2 steps inwards
9-16 All take 2 steps outwards and Lady turns under Man's right arm, all waltz round room

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

The St Bernard's Waltz
Waltz   n x 16 bars   1 Couple Repeat   1 Couple Set   Round the Room Set
Start in waltz hold with L facing inwards, M facing outwards, and progress anticlockwise round the room.

  1-3   Chassé (step, close) anticlockwise three steps (M starting with left foot, L with right);

  4-4   stamp both feet (M starting with right foot, L with left);

  5-6   chassé clockwise two steps (M starting with right foot, L with left);

  7-8   take two steps toward the centre of the room (M starting with left foot, L with right);

  9-10 take two steps away from the centre of the room (M starting with right foot, L with left), finishing by L releasing her left hand from M's shoulder and M his right from L's waist;

11-12 L turn under M's left arm, finishing by taking waltz hold again;

13-16 waltz once round to finish as at bar 1 (making some progress anticlockwise in this).

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Instruction Videos

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