Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Walnut Orchard

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Walnut Orchard R8x32 Anne Dejean
32-bar reel for three couples in a four-couple longwise set

1 - 8 1st couple dance down between 2nd couple, cast up back to places, then dance down between 3rd couple and cast up into second place, 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8.
9 - 16 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance mirror reels of 3 on the sides, 1s couple dance in and up to begin, and finish in the middle of the set, taking partner's right hand and giving left hands to third corners. Corners finish the reels with a loop.
All couples give hands when possible during the reels.
17 - 24 1st couple dance the spoke clockwise, and finish in second place on their own sides.
25 - 32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands round and back.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Anne Dejean)

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This dance, The Walnut Orchard, was devised in March 2018.

There are plenty of walnut orchards in the area of Grenoble, northwards up to Chambéry and southwards down to Valence. It is quite typical in the landscape all along the Isère valley.

Dance information from The Walnut Book, published 2018, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.

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