Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

St George's Cross

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

St George's Cross
Reuben Freemantle   www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com
Reel   3 x 48 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   2s quarter petronella to the centre line;

  5-8   all quarter petronella, 2s finishing on opposite sides, 1s 3s on the centre line facing partners, Ls above Mn;

  9-16 sash pin reel on the centre line:

  9-10 1s3s dance one quarter of a reel of 4 on the centre line WHILE 2s set facing each other;

11-12 1M 3L chase clockwise around the corners' square to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 1L3M complete the path of the half reel of 4 (but with no dancer approaching) WHILE 2s set advancing to take right hands;

13-14 1M 3L continue to chase clockwise around the corners' square to the centre line, 3L at the top, 1M at the bottom, WHILE 3M 1L chase clockwise around the corners' square to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 2s turn halfway by the right (skip change) to finish each facing his/her own position as at bar 8;

15-16 following the path of one quarter of a reel of 4 (but with no dancer approaching), 3L 1M advance, take left hands and turn ¼ to finish on the centre line, facing own sides, WHILE 1L 3M continue to chase clockwise around the corners' square to the centre line and 2s dance out to finish with 1L 2s 3M in their positions as at bar 8;

17-24 sash pin reel across the set, as bars 9-16 but rotated one quarter, anticlockwise:

17-18 2L1M3L2M dance one quarter of a reel of 4 across the set WHILE 1L3M set facing each other;

19-20 1M 3L chase clockwise around the corners' square to the centre line, 1M at the top, 3L at the bottom, WHILE 2s complete the path of the half reel of 4 (but with no dancer approaching) WHILE 1L3M set advancing on the centre line to take right hands;

21-22 1M 3L continue to chase clockwise around the corners' square to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 2s chase clockwise around the corners' square to the centre line, 2M at the top, 2L at the bottom, WHILE 1L3M turn halfway by the right (skip change) to finish each facing his/her own position as at bar 8;

23-24 following the path of one quarter of a reel of 4 (but with no dancer approaching), 3L 1M advance, take left hands and turn ¼ to finish side by side, 3L facing up, 1M down, WHILE 2s continue to chase clockwise around the corners' square to 2nd place on opposite sides and 1L 3M dance out to finish with 1L 2s 3M in their positions as at bar 8;

25-32 repeat the sash pin reel on the centre line, as bars 9-16 but starting with 3L facing up to 1L, 1M facing down to 3M;

33-40 repeat the sash pin reel across the set, as bars 17-24 but with 3L 1M facing opposite sides to start and not taking hands when they return to the centre, all finishing as at bar 8;

41-44 1s3s half reel of 4 on the centre line, finishing 3M3L1M1L on the centre line, facing partners;

45-46 2s set WHILE 3s 1s turn ¾ by the right into the sidelines, 3s finishing facing out, 1s in;

47-48 2s cross up by the right, pulling right shoulder back to finish in 1st place WHILE 3s cast one place, finishing 2s3s1s.

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


Dance Notes

This dance, St George's Cross, is intended to flow seamlessly from one figure to the next as far as possible so that, at the end of every phrase, the dancers are facing in the correct direction for the beginning of the next phrase.

  9-40 1M 3L are the dancing couple throughout these sash pin reels.
All three couples are moving continuously, never stopping. As an aide-mémoire, at the end of each 8-bar phrase, 1L 2s 3M all reach and pass through their positions as at bar 8; only the 2s stop at the end of bar 40.

  9-16 The sash pin reel on the centre line is an 8-bar combination of a half reel of 4 on the centre line with a chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square, 1M followed by 3M, 3L by 1L, 2 bars behind; 2s dance in to the centre to meet and turn so that 1s 3s can chase through 2nd places, unimpeded.

11-40 When chasing around the corners' square, maintain the rectilinear shape; take one step to reach the corner position and the second to reach either 2nd place or the centre line as appropriate.

15-16 Even though there are no other dancers approaching, 3L 1M follow the path of one quarter of a reel of 4 before making the quick ¼ turn in the centre.

17-24 The sash pin reel across is an 8-bar combination of a half reel of 4 across with a chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square, 1M followed by 2M, 3L by 2L, 2 bars behind; 1L 3M dance in to the centre to meet and turn so that 1M 2s 3L can chase across the set in 1st and 3rd positions, unimpeded.

23-24 As in bars 15-16.

25-32 This sash pin reel is exactly as in bars 9-16 but starting with 3L facing up to 1L, 1M facing down to 3M.

31-32 As in bars 15-16.

33-40 This sash pin reel is exactly as in bars 17-24 but starting with 3L 1M facing opposite sides.

39-40 As in bars 15-16 but 1L 3M pass giving left shoulder, without taking hands, to finish as at bar 8.

43-44 1M 3L must continue the half reel, resisting the temptation to chase around the corners' square.


Dance Notes

Laurence's alternative description of the St George's Cross form of Sash Pin Reels from the dancer's perspective, starting from bar 9.
The dancing couple (1M 3L), starting facing partners, dance ¼ of a reel of 4 up and down on the centre line, then chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to the centre line and turn by the left ¼ in the centre of the dance to finish facing own sides.
The dancing couple then dance ¼ of a reel of 4 across with 2nd couple, then chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to 2nd place on opposite sides and turn by the left ¼ in the centre of the dance to finish 1L facing up, 1M down.
The dancing couple then dance ¼ of a reel of 4 up and down, then chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to the centre line and turn by the left ¼ in the centre of the dance to finish facing opposite sides.
The dancing couple then dance ¼ of a reel of 4 across with 2nd couple, then chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to 2nd place on opposite sides and turn by the left ¼ in the centre of the dance to finish 1M facing up, 1L down, as at bar 8.
WHILE
The dancing couple's partners (1L 3M) perform a half reel of 4 up and down on the centre line and then chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to finish as at bar 8.
The dancing couple's partners then set to each other, set advancing and turn by the right to finish as at bar 8.
The dancing couple's partners perform a half reel of 4 up and down on the centre line and then chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to finish as at bar 8.
The dancing couple's partners then set to each other, set advancing and turn by the right to finish as at bar 8.
WHILE
The 2nd couple set to each other, set advancing and then turn by the right to finish as at bar 8 (2nd place on opposite sides).
The 2nd couple then perform a half reel of 4 across and chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides.
The 2nd couple then set to each other, set advancing and turn by the right to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides.
The 2nd couple then perform a half reel of 4 across and chase clockwise halfway around the corners' square to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle)


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Dance Information

This reel, St George's Cross, is a derivative of Mary MacNiven's Sash Pin with the sash pin reels in a St George's Cross rather than a St Andrew's Cross formation.
Also see the dance St Piran's Cross by Reuben Freemantle.
The deviser is grateful to Kay Sutherland and the members of the RSCDS Vancouver Demonstration Team for helpful suggestions and for testing finer details of the dance.

St George's Cross (or the Cross of St George) is a red cross on a white background used as a symbolic reference to Saint George. This flag was associated with St George from medieval times and has been adopted on the coat of arms and flags of several countries and cities which have St George as a patron saint, notably England.

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St George's Cross


Dance Information by the deviser, Reuben Freemantle.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original St George's Cross article on Wikipedia.
Additional search terms: Saint Georges.

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