Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Walnut Tree

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Walnut Tree R4x32 Anne Dejean
32-bar reel for four couples in a four-couple longwise set

1 - 8 1st and 4th couples, giving right hands, cross over, cast in (2nd and 3rd couples step out) and dance half figure of eight around top and bottom couples.
9 - 16 2nd and 1st couples together, and 4th and 3rd couples together dance right hands across once round, then 1st and 4th couples (middle couples) dance left hands across halfway and set to corners.
17 - 24 All dance reels of four on the sidelines.
25 - 32 All dance back to back with corners with a quarter turn on bar 28 to finish facing partner, then 4th and 1st couples (middle couples), giving right hands, turn one and a half times to finish on own sides, in the order 2413.

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Anne Dejean)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This dance, The Walnut Tree, was devised in December 2017.

This dance was devised to teach the formation reel of four.

My husband and I bought a house in summer 2004, and one of the things we did in the garden within the first year, was to plant a walnut tree. This tree has now grown quite big in our small garden, and it gives lots of walnuts every year, with which I can bake my favourite walnut cake, and which I can take with honey for breakfast as well.

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

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