Core Dances 2017/2018

Cornwall RSCDS Core Dances 2017/18      Cribs & Diagrams

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

Please also note that all diagrams on this page are courtesy of Keith Rose except The Walled Garden which is one of Heiko’s diagrams.

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 SPRING FLING REEL  (R8x40)  3C (4C set)                   Samantha Burton 2014
1- 8       1s turn RH, cast (2s step up), cross RH & cast to the right into lines across
      (1M between 3s facing up, 1L between 2s facing down)
9-16      Lines of 3 Adv+Ret & circle 6H 1/2 way round to Left
17-24    Lines of 3 Adv+Ret.  1s turn RH 1.1/4 to face 1st corners
25-32   1s dance 1/2 diag reel of 4 with 1st crnrs, pass RSh, 1s dance 1/2 diag reel
      of 4 with 2nd crnrs finishing passing RSh to 1M below 1L in centre
33-40   1L+2s &1M+3s dance LH across, 2s & 3s turn partners LH as
      1s turn RH 1.1/2 to 2nd place own sides   2 1 3
J. B. MILNE  (R8x32)  3C (4C set)                                     H Foss  Angus Fitchett Album
1- 8     1M+2L set advancing & turn RH, 1L+2M set advancing & turn RH
9-16    1s set to each other & turn 2H, cast to 2nd place & Petronella turn to Lady
     between 2s & Man between 3s
17-24   1s set & 3/4 turn RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides & set,
     1s repeat but 2s & 3s cross RH & set
25-32   1s set & change places RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides & set,
     1s cast round corner to 2nd pl own sides as 2s+3s cross RH & all set

A TRIP TO BAVARIA  (R4x32)  4C set           J MacGregor-Brown  Collins Pocket Ref
1- 4     1s & 4s cross RH while 2s+3s dance 1/2 RH across, 1s+3s &
     2s+4s change places LH on sides
5- 16   Repeat 1-4 another 3 times (end cpls cross RH, middle cpls 1/2 RH across;
    cpls in 1st+2nd place also 3rd+4th place change places LH) All finish in
     original places
17-24   1s set to 2s & cross over to face 3s, set & cross to face 4s
25-32   1s set to 4s & cross over to 4th place on opposite sides, all Adv+Ret 2 steps &
       1s change places RH (2H popular) to retire to own sides

MILTON’S WELCOME  (R8x32)  3C (4C set)                                  J Bayly  RSCDS Bk 33
 1- 8     1s+2s+3s set, cross RH, 1s+2s+3s set & 1s+3s 3/4 turn RH (to form line up
     & down centre) as 2s cross RH to       original places
 9-16    1s+3s dance reel of 4 in centre of dance end with 1L+3M taking LH as
     partners end on sides
17-24   1L+3M 3/4 turn LH to face own sides, dance out & cast behind 2s to
      original places, 1s+2s+3s turn LH
25-32   1s+2s dance Poussette.  2 1 3
DANCING SPIRIT (J8x32) 3C (4C set)                                       Amy Luxton RSCDS Bk 50
1- 8      1s turn RH moving down to face 3rd corners (2s step up 1-2). 1s+3rd corners
    (2M+1s+3L) dance ½ reel of 4. 1s pass LSh to face 4th corners 9-12 1s+4th
      corners (2L+1s+3M) dance ½ reel of 4. 1M curves in to face 2L as
      1L curves in to face 3M
13-16 1s dance RSh round corner and join RH, joining LH with corner to
   Balance-in-Line position
17-24 1s+2s+3s dance ‘The Spoke’. Bars 23-24 1s retain RH, turn to 2nd
   place opposite sides (skip change) while 3s+2s set. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 3s+1s+2s dance clockwise ½ round then turn partners RH once round

THE LUCKENBOOTH BROOCH  (J8x32)  3C (4C set)  J Dickson  Glendarroch Sh 28
1- 8     1s in prom hold (Lady on Man’s left) dance reel of 3 with 2s (RSh to 2M)
     & end facing 3M
9-16    1s dance reel with 3s (RSh to 3M) ending with 1s dancing across to Men’s side
17-24   1M casts up & 1L dn into centre & dance out Ladies side, 1M cast up & 1
     down to end 1M between 2s facing down & 1L+3s face up as 2s+3s dance R&L
25-32   2s+1s+3s set twice, 1s turn RH 1.3/4 times to 2nd places

JOHN CASS  (J5x32)  5C                                                       Peter Avery  RSCDS Bk 49   
1- 8     1s lead down (2s+3s step up 3-4), lead up to 3rd place & turn RH to face 3M
     with 1L following 1M
9-16    1s, 3M+2M, 4L+5L all in tandem, dance alternating tandem reel on diagonal
     (1s pass 3M+2M RSh).  1s end facing 4M, 1L following 1M
17-24   1s, 4M+5M, 2L+3L all in tandem, repeat 9-16 (1s pass 4M+5M LSh) 1s end in
      middle, 3rd place facing down NHJ (1L on Left of 1M)
25-32   1s dance down between 4s, cast behind 5s (4s+5s step up 27-28), 1s pivot
      turn (Right elbow grip) & finish in 5th place    2 3 4 5 1
MONICA’S WAY  (J4x32)  4C set                                                  G Sibley  Katannuta Bk
3s & 4s start on opp sides
1- 8      1s/4s cross RH as 2s/3s set, 1s+2s & 4s+3s dance 3/4 double Fig of 8
     (1s/4s casting down/up to start).  2 1(4)(3)
9-16    1s+4s Set & Rotate:-
    Set, Rotate singly & dance on 1 place clockwise, change places RH on
    sides & dance on 1 place to own sides.  2(4)1(3)
17-20   1L+4M also 4L+1M (Lady leads) 1/2 alternating tandem diagonal
     RSh reel of 4 with 3L+2L & passing LSh curve to right to next corner (same end)
21-24   4M+1L also 1M+4L (Man leads) 1/2 alternating tandem diagonal
     RSh reel of 4 with 3M+2M & pass RSh to end 3(1)4(2)
25-32   1s & 4s cross passing RSh & loop into places, all Adv+Ret.  3 1(4)(2)

MOMENT OF TRUTH  (S8x32)  3C (4C set)                                  C Sigg  RSCDS Bk 37
1- 8     1s turn 2H, cast to 2nd place, dance down between 3s, cast up 1 place on
     own sides & dance in to face 1st corners
9-16    1s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH end facing
      1st corners
17-24   1s dance reels of 3 across (1L+2s & 1M+3s) giving LSh to 1st crnrs &
      2s+1s+3s turn 2H
25-32   1s dance Pass+Turn with 1st corners & pass RSh to face 2nd corners, dance
      Pass+Turn with 2nd corners & dance to places

HILLBROOK HOUSE (S3 X 32) 3C set                           The Magic of Music Book 2

 A 32-bar strathspey for three couples in a three-couple longwise set.

Deviser – Anne Thorn
Note     – For Douglas Thomson’s 70th birthday in May 2014.
Tune     – Glencoe or Roseacre   (J. S. Skinner)
1-8        1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance a reel of three on their own sides,
      to begin 1st couple dance in and down, 2nd couple dance up and
      out and 3rd couple in and up.
 9-12     1st couple dance a half figure of eight round 2nd couple to finish in
      partner’s place.
 13-16   1st man and 2nd woman giving left hands, 1st woman and 2nd man
      giving right hands, turn to finish with 1st couple back to back, in the
      middle of 2nd place, 1st man facing 2nd woman, 1st woman facing
      2nd man.
 17-24    1st couple dance 8 bars of a spurtle with 2nd and then 3rd couples
      and finish with 1st couple turning to third place opposite sides.
      Finish 2, 3, 1 all on opposite sides.
 25-32  2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set, then giving both hands, turn one and
       a half times to finish on own sides of the dance, and set.
Repeat with a new top couple.
THE WALLED GARDEN  (S8x32)  2C (4C Set)         R Goldring  24 G & S Dances
1- 8     1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette
9-16    1L+2M set advancing & turn RH back to place, 1M+2L set advancing,
     turn RH back to place
17-24   1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s
25-32   1s+2s dance Allemande

BARBARA’S STRATHSPEY  (S8x32)  3C (4C set)        S McKinnell  RSCDS Bk 46
1- 8     1s set & cast 1 place, 1s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 (1M round 2s, 1L round 3s)
9-16    2s+1s+3s set & 1s cross passing RSh, 2M+1M also 1L+3L turn RH
     1.1/2 times on sides
17-20   1s+2s+3s dance 3 couple Bourrel: –
     1M+3L also 2M+1L set advcg & 3/4 turn 2H to line up/down middle then
      1/2 turn single to face own partners as 3M & 2L chase anticlockwise to
face them
21-24   All set & turn 2H to own sides.  3 1 2
25-32   All chase clockwise 1/2 way, all 1/2 turn partners RH & twirl to places.  2 1 3

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