Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Up The Pond

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

UP THE POND (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Martin Mulligan

1- 8 1s+2s Adv&Ret and dance RH across
9-16 1s+2s dance DoSiDo with partners and dance LH across
17-24 1s dance down, 1L turns under 1M right arm and dance up to 2nd place in middle facing up
25-32 1L dances LH across with 2M+3M as 1M dances RH across with 2L+3L, 1s lead up crossing and cast to 2nd place own sides

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


Dance Information

This jig was inscribed by the deviser to the members of the St. John's (Newfoundland) Branch, RSCDS.

It represents the Royal St. John's Regatta, the oldest continuous sporting event in North America, held in early August.

Bars 1-8 represent going to the Regatta and meeting friends;
Bars 9-16 are the games and wheels of fortune (the Regatta has vendors and games of chance to entertain);
Bars 17-24 are the races themselves, with the turning of the buoys at the bottom of the pond;
Bars 25-32 are the 'scuff' to celebrate victory.

The deviser's suggested music is The Banks of Newfoundland by Francis Forbes. (The tune is the signature tune of the Royal St. John's Regatta.)

Up The Pond Image
Up The Pond - The St. John's Regatta, Newfoundland, Canada


Image Copyright Ken Eckert (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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