Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Yorkshire Rose

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE YORKSHIRE ROSE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Trish Reid Chester Caledonian Society

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set and cross RH, repeat back to places
9-16 1s lead down the middle then lead up to 2nd places
17-24 2s+1s turn (Men RH, Ladies LH), 1s+3s turn (Men LH, Ladies RH)
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance reflection reels of 3 on sides with 2s dancing in and down to start (2nd time through the 1s continue the reel into 4th place)

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

Dance Notes

11-12 2s step up.

    -16 1s finish facing out.

    -24 1s finish facing out.

25-32 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, the deviser helpfully recommends that 1s and 3s continue the reel to exchange places so that 3s are ready to be active on bar 1 of the next repeat; explicitly:

25-30 2s1s3s complete the reels in 6 bars, 1s finishing facing out;

31-32 1s cast to 4th place of the full set WHILE 3s dance in and up to 3rd place of the full set, all finishing facing in.

Dance Information

This jig, The Yorkshire Rose, was devised by Trish Reid (Chester Caledonian Society) to celebrate the 90th birthday of Wynne Barker of Upton-by-Chester, England. Wynne dances at the Chester Caledonian SCDS and the Chester St Andrew Society.

She started Scottish country dancing in her native Yorkshire in 1960, continued on a move to Chester in 1979, and then carried on dancing.

Wynne's 94th birthday and her service in WWII was featured in a local newspaper article. Wynne said she had "a great adventure during her years in the air force".

Wynne joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) at 19 years of age in 1942; before this she was in Civil Defence as a Report Centre Telephonist from 1940 till 1942.

The Yorkshire Rose is also an allusion to The White Rose of York (also called the Rose Alba or Rose Argent), 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.

White Rose Of York
White Rose Of York

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