Core Dances for 2016/2017

Cornwall RSCDS Core Dances 2016/17      Cribs & Diagrams

Please note that clicking on any diagram will take you to a YouTube video of that dance.

All the diagrams that appear below are courtesy of Keith Rose.

Each year the Cornwall Branch Committee with teacher input agrees a set of 12 dances; 4 Jigs, 4 Reels and 4 Strathspeys, to be taught in class between September and June of that year.  The Scottish Dance groups in Cornwall are encouraged to include at least 3 of these dances on any social dance programme they devise. The core dances include old favourites, a range of different formations and usually one or two dances from one of the latest RSCDS books.

Having Core dances hopefully encourages the less experienced dancers to come to a dance and enjoy the evening knowing that they can attempt several of the dances on the programme.


THE SALTIRE SOCIETY REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set)             R Goldring RSCDS Leaflet Dances 28

1- 8    1s cross down & dance out between 2s+3s turning 3s by near hand to meet ptnr, dance up & turn 2s by nearest hand to
   2nd place opp sides
9-16   1s cross down to 3rd pl & dance reel of 3 own side (2s dance out & down as 3s dance in & up b’tw’n 2s), 1s end
   (hold LH) facing 1st crnrs
17-24  1s set to 1st crnrs, turn inwards & set to 3rd corner as 3rd crnrs set adv to dance RH across with 1s, 1s end turning
    to face 2nd crnrs
25-32  1s repeat bars 17-24 with 2nd/4th corners but dancing LH across

The Saltire Society Reel

MRS STUART LINNELL (R8x40) 3C (4C set)                                                         J Bayly Imperial Bk 3

1- 8    1s set & cast 1 place, 2s+1s+3s set & 1s set adv & turn right about to face out to own sides while 2L & 3M petronella
    right into middle to diamond formation (2L in centre at top, 3M in centre at bottom) while 2M & 3L cast into 2nd places
    to 1M facing 2M & 1L facing 3L in a line across
9-16   1s+2M+3L 1/2 reel of 4 across, 1s 3/4 turn LH to Lady facing up & Man down (M face M, L face L), 1s change pl RH
   with facing persons (2L & 3M)
17-24  2L+3M+1s 1/2 reel of 4, 2L+3M 3/4 turn LH to M face Ladies side (M facing M) & Lady face M side in line across
   & change place RH with facing prsns
25-32  2M+3L dance 1/2 reel of 4 across with 3M+2L to end Man facing Men’s side (M facing M), all set & 2s+3s 3/4 turn
     RH onto sides while 1s set & turn right about to form a circle with 1s+2s+3s all facing clockwise
33-40  All chase clockwise (8 bars) after 4 bars 1s turn RH in centre to end on own sides 2 1 3

Mrs Stuart Linnell

LADY SOPHIA LINDSAY (R4x32) 4C set                                               J Attwood Alexander Leaflet 6

3s & 4s start on opp sides

1- 8    2s+3s dance RH across once round, 2s (Lady leading) dance out & cast up round 1st Lady while 3s dance out & cast
   down round 4th Lady
9-16   2s with 1st Man & 3s with 4th Man, dance RH across once round, 2s with 1st Lady & 3s with 4th Lady, dance LH across
   once round
17-24  2s & 3s dance Tandem reels of 3 on sides (2s dance down & out on Men’s side as 3s dance up & out Ladies side).
    At the end of reel 2s dance across top of dance ending in 1st place on own sides as 3s dance across bottom of dance ending
    in 4th place 1s end in 2nd place own side facing down & 4s in 3rd place opp side facing up
25-32  1L+4M also 1M+4L set on sides, change places RH, 1s+4s set to partners & cross to other side RH. 2 4(1)(3)

Lady Sophia Lindsay

THE COUNTESS OF DUNMORE’S REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set)     Deidre MacCuish RSCDS Bk 49  

1- 8        1s set, dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place & set advancing to face 1st corners (2s step up 3-4)
9-16       1s turn 1st corners RH, pass RSh, turn 2nd corners RH, pass RSh to 2nd place own side facing out
       (corners dance 4 bars)
17-24    2s+1s+3s dance Chain Progression:-
17-18     1M casts up, 1L casts down as 2s+3s turn 3/4 RH into line up/down set
19-22     1M+2L & 1L+3M, in prom hold dance clockwise to opp end of line as 2M+3M (in middle) turn 1.1/2 LH
23-24     1s dance clockwise to 2nd place own side as 3s+2s turn partners 3/4 RH to own sides. All face clockwise 3 1 2
25-32     3s+1s+2s dance clockwise 1/2 round set. All set, cross RH to own sides. 2 1 3

The Countess of Dunmore's Reel

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THE STARRY EYED LASSIE (J8x32) 3C (4C set)                                         M Sprague RSCDS Bk 23

1- 8    1s+2s dance RH across, 1s cast down 1 place & turn about for Double Triangles while 2s lead up
9-16   2s+1s+3s dance Double Triangles, ending 1st Lady between 2s & 1st Man between 3s facing own sides
17-24  2s+1s+3s dance RSh reels of 3 across, 1s end in 2nd place opposite sides
25-32  2s+1s+3s circle 6H round to left (6 bars) & 1s cross RH to 2nd place own sides

Starry Eyed Lassie

FOLLOW ME HOME (J8x32) 3C (4C set)                                                            E Briscoe RSCDS Bk 38

1- 8    1s set & cross RH, cast 1 place & turn LH (ending in a diagonal line LH to partner & RH with 1st corner)
9-16   1s Bal-in-Line with 1st crnrs, 1/2 turn crnrs & 1s followed by crnrs chase cl’wise to 3rd crnr (pstn) &
   1s dance in to give LH to 2nd crnrs
17-24  1s Bal-in-Line with 2nd crnrs, 1/2 turn crnrs & 1s followed by crnrs chase anticl’wise to 4th crnr
     (pstn) & 1s end in 2nd pl opp sides
25-32  3s+1s+2s dance 1/2 reels of 3 on the sides 1s giving LSh to 2nd corner (pstn), set & cross RH

Follow Me Home

WOODLAND ASSEMBLY (J2x64) Sq.Set Tune – Teddy Bears Picnic      B Priddey Golden Oriole

1- 8      All circle 8H round & back
9-16     1s+3s dance 1/2 R&L turning Ladies into centre (Ladies BtoB), set, turn partners RH into prom hold
     to 1s facing 2M & 3s face 4M
17-24    3s dance RSh reel of 3 across with 4M+2L (start RSh to 4M) while 1s dance reel of 3 across with
      2M+4L (start RSh to 2M)
25-32    1s+3s dance 1/2 R&L back to original places, all set to partners & turn RH
33-40     Ladies dance Fig of 8 round partner & corner (pass behind partner to start) while Men Adv+Ret
       for 2 steps twice
41-48    All turn partners RH & dance DoSiDo with partners
49-56    Men cast to dance Fig of 8 round corner & partner (pass behind corners to start) as Ladies Adv+Ret twice
57-64    All turn corners RH (4 bars) & partners LH (4 bars)
65-128   Repeat with 2s+4s leading with 2s facing 3M & 4s facing 1M

Woodland Assembly

WELCOME TO AYR (J8x32) 3C (4C set)                              J Henricksen & K Stewart RSCDS Bk 47

1- 8    1s+2s dance double Fig of 8 (1s cross down to start)
9-16   1s turn 2s on sides (Men RH, Ladies LH) & 1s dance down to turn 3s on sides (Men RH, Ladies LH) & 1s
    end facing 1st corners
17-24  1s dance 1/2 reel of 4 with corners & pass RSh to face 2nd corner, 1s dance 1/2 reel of 4 with crnrs & 1s
    end in middle LSh to LSh facing own sides
25-32  1M+3s (at top) also 1L+2s dance RH across (1s end in 2nd place opposite sides), all chase clockwise 1/2
     way to own sides

Welcome to Ayr

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MIDSUMMER COMMON (S8x32) 3C (4C set)                       Tom & Lindsey Ibbotson RSCDS Bk 49

1- 8    1s set, 1/2 turn RH, lead down, cross below 3s, cast up to 2nd place own sides (2s step up 5-6)
9-16   1s set advancing to 1st corners & turn 1st corners 2H finishing 1M between 3s, 1L between 2s. 1s set
   advancing to 2nd corners, turn 2nd corners 2H & retain 2nd corner’s LH
17-24  1M+2s also 1L+3s circle 3H round to Left, 1s pull back RSh to face up/down set. 1s set, petronella
     turn to 2nd place own sides
25-32  2s+1s dance Poussette

Midsummer Common

THE ROSE OF THE NORTH (S8x32) 3C (4C set)                              R Goldring Leeds Silver Jubilee

1- 4    1s lead down below 3s, cross & cast up to 2nd place on opposite side
5-16   2s+1s+3s dance 3 couple R&L, 1s end facing 1st corners
17-24  1s set & turn 1st corner 2H, set & turn 2nd corner 2H
25-32  1s circle 3H round to left (Man with 2s & Lady with 3s), 1s set to partners (Down/up) & Petronella
     turn to places

Rose of the North

THE GARRY STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set                                                                   J Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8    1s+2s & 3s+4s dance 1/2 R&L, 1s+4s (in centre) dance 1/2 R&L
9-16   2s+4s & 1s+3s circle 4H left 1/2 way, 2s+3s circle 4H right 1/2 way, 1s dance up to top & all face as
   for Reel of 4 on sides
17-24  All set HS & dance 1/2 Grand Chain
25-32  All dance Reel of 4 on sides. 2 3 4 1

The Garry Strathspey

JAMES SENIOR OF ST ANDREWS (S4x32) 4C set                                      J Bradley RSCDS Bk 42

3s & 4s start on opp sides
1- 8    1s & 4s turn RH & cast 1 place, 1s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s while 4s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 3s.
   2 (1) 4 (3)
9-16   1L+4M (prom hold) dance 1/2 reel of 3 across with 3s & 1/2 reel with 2s while 1M+4L dance 1/2 reel
   across with 2s then 3s
17-20  2L+1L also 4L+3L 1/2 turn RH, twirl & dance out to others place while 2M+1M also 4M+3M dance
    clockwise to change places
21-24  Repeat with Men turning RH & Ladies dancing clockwise. 2 (1) 4 (3)
25-32  1M+4L also 1L+4M Set+Link & circle 4H round to left. 2 4 (1)(3)


James Senior of St Andrews

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