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The White Rose Of York

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THE WHITE ROSE OF YORK (S3x32) 3C set Yvonne Mortier Competition Dances 1989

1- 8 1s+2s set, dance RH across ½ way, 1s+3s set and dance LH across ½ way
9-16 1L followed by partner cast up to 2nd place, cross, cast up to top and dance down centre to end 1L between 3s and 1M between 2s
17-24 All dance down the middle and back, 1M+2s turning to face down
25-32 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2L+3M (1s giving RSh to person on right to start), 1s pass L to dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2M+3L (1M+3L and 1L+2M pass RSh to start) ending on sides. 312

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


The White Rose of York
Yvonne Mortier Competition Dances 1989
Strathspey 3 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 3 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-2   1s2s set;

  3-4   1s2s right hands across halfway;

  5-6   1s3s set;

  7-8   1s3s left hands across halfway;

  9-16 1L followed by 1M cast up one place, cross, cast up to the top and dance down the centre line to finish 1L between 3s, 1M between 2s;

17-24 all lead down and back, finishing 2L1M2M facing down, 3L1L3M facing up;

25-28 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with partner's 1st corner positions, finishing by passing left shoulder;

29-32 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with partner's 2nd corner positions, finishing 3s1s2s.

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

Dance Notes

25-28 1s dance out of own sides to start.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The White Rose of York (also called the Rose Alba or Rose Argent), is a white heraldic rose and a symbol of the House of York which has since been adopted as a symbol of Yorkshire as a whole.

During the English civil wars of the fifteenth century, the White Rose was the symbol of Yorkist forces opposed to the rival House of Lancaster.


The White Rose of York is an enduring symbol of the House of York, a prominent medieval English royal house. This heraldic emblem, a simple yet elegant white rose, carries with it a rich historical legacy and cultural significance.

The House of York rose to prominence during the Wars of the Roses, a series of conflicts fought between the rival houses of Lancaster and York for control of the English throne in the 15th century. The white rose served as the distinctive emblem for the House of York, contrasting with the red rose of the House of Lancaster. The conflict ultimately culminated in the establishment of the Tudor dynasty, led by Henry VII, after his victory over Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The White Rose of York has since become a symbol of Yorkshire and is often associated with notions of loyalty, honour, and heritage.

The White Rose Of York
The White Rose Of York


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