Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Waves On The Sea

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Waves On The Sea 4x32 Reel for 4C by Sue McKinnell

1-4 1C and 4C cross RH and cast inward, 1C to 2nd place, 4C to 3rd place; 2C and 3C step up or down on bars 3 and 4.
5-6 1C and 4C dance RH across ½ way.
7-8 All 4 couples turn RH ¾ to form a line up and down the set, women facing down and men facing up.
9-16 ½ reel of 8, taking 1 bar to pass a person and 2 bars to turn on the ends; on bar 16 all dance out to opposite sides, ending 3, 1, 4, 2.
17-24 3C, followed by 1C, 4C, and 2C lead down the middle. On bar 20, M dance below partners,
WHILE W dance under partner's arm and all lead up to positions on own sides in order 2, 4, 1, 3.
25-28 2C and 4C dance RH across WHILE 1C and 3C dance LH across.
29-32 2C and 4C dance LH across WHILE 1C and 3C dance RH across.

Repeat 4 times.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Feb 2001)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Suggested music is West's Hornpipe from Terpsichore.

(Dance information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

Waves On The Sea
Waves On The Sea

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