Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

YOWDENDRIFT (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Geraldine and Holger Schuckelt Borderland Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s+3s set advancing slightly to the right, join hands in a line in the middle and set, 1s+3s turn partner ¾ LH to finish on own sides 123. All set
17-24 2s followed by 1s dance full Fig of 8 round 3s, 2s dancing up to 1st place. 213
25-32 1s lead down for 2 bars, Lady turns to right under arms while Man dances to the left to finish both facing up (Lady on Man's left). 1s lead up, retaining right hands, turn round into 2nd place opposite sides facing out
33-40 2s+1s+3s dance LSh reels of 3 on opposite sides (1L+3M, 1M+2L pass LSh to begin). 1s cross to 2nd place own side bars 39-40. 213

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Yowdendrift is Scots for a snowdrift, or snow driven by the wind.

This word appears in The Eemis Stane, a poem by Hugh MacDiarmid:

An' my eerie memories fa' Like a yowdendrift.


Image copyright Walter Baxter / A sculpture at the Borders General Hospital, via Wikimedia Commons.

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