Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Warm Up

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Warm Up
John Fletcher
Reel   n x 32 bars   n Couple Repeat   n Couple Set   Progressive Large Circular Set
Start with all couples (L on partner's right) in one large circle, facing in.

  1-8   All hands round to the left and back;

  9-16 all advance and retire, twice;

17-18 all turn partner with both hands;

19-20 all pass partner by the right to meet approaching second corner (new partner);

21-24 all turn new partner by the right, finishing in promenade hold, facing anticlockwise;

25-32 all promenade anticlockwise, finishing facing in.

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


Dance Notes

For use as a warming up dance, the deviser recommends walking the first repeat gently, walking the second repeat more vigorously, dancing the third repeat gently with small steps and dancing subsequent repeats purposefully.

It is also eminently appropriate as a ceilidh dance.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Warm Up Image
Januar By The Fireside, Glass painting From Norwich, c. 1480/1500


Image Copyright [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
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