Core Dances 2021-2022

Cornwall RSCDS Core Dances 2021/22      Cribs & Diagrams


The branch committee has made the decision that, due to the Coronavirus,  the Core Dances will remain unchanged for the following year. i.e. the Core dances for 2021 will be used as the Core dances for 2021/22

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

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.

TRIP TO TIMBER RIDGE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Linda Henderson Heart of San Francisco
  & RSCDS Bk 52
1- 8     1s turn RH, cast (2s step up) then 1L+2s & 1M+3s dance RH across. 1s end facing
  1st corners
9-16    1s dance Corner Pass+Turn with 1st corners, pass RSh & repeat with 2nd corners.
  1s pull back RSh to end BtoB in centre facing opp sides
17-24   2s+1s+3s dance Double Triangles. Bars 23-24 1s petronella turn to 2nd place own
25-32   2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH (R8x32) 3C (4C set)                                             RSCDS Bk 1
1- 8     1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses & dances up behind Men as
  1M dances up centre to 1st places on opposite side & 1s set
9-16    1M followed by partner repeat above Fig & set in own places
17-24   1s lead down the middle & back
25-32   1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1 3

THE ULLAPOOL FERRY (R4x32) 4C set                           Pat Houghton RSCDS Bk 52
1- 8     1s+2s dance Double Fig 8 (1s cross down, 2s dance up). 2s end facing out
9-12    1/2 mirror reels of 3 on sides (1s in/down to start). 2s face out
13-16   1s turn RH while 2s+3s turn 1.1/2 on sides (Ladies LH, Men RH) 2 3 1 4
17-24   1s+4s set, dance DoSiDo; 1M & 4L set on sides while partners set advancing
  to face partner on diagonal
25-32   1s+4s dance “Hello-Goodbye Poussette”:-
25-26   All set moving on 2nd step into lines across (1M+4L BtoB)
27-28   Repeat, moving on 2nd step into diagonal lines between 3L & 4M place
   (1L+4M BtoB)
29-30   Repeat, moving on 2nd step into line up/down (4L+1M BtoB)
31-32   4s+1s drop hands & petronella turn to sides 2 3 4 1

CROSSING THE BROOK (R8x32) 3C (4C set)        Roy Goldring Social Dances 2002
  (Leeds 40th Anniv)
1- 8     1M+2M dance 1/2 Diag R&L with 2L+3L, 3L casts down 2 places & crosses
  to place while 1M casts up 2 places & crosses to place
9-16    1L+2M dance 1/2 Diag R&L with 2L+3M, 3M crosses & casts down 2 places
  while 1L crosses & casts up 2 places
17-24   1s dance diag reel of 3 with 2L (1s pass RSh to start) while 3s dance diag
  reel of 3 with 2M (3s pass RSh to start)
25-32   1L+2L turn LH 1.1/2 times while 1M+2M turn RH 1.1/2 times, 1s dance
   down between 3s & cast up to 2nd place

THE AVIATOR (J8x32) 3C (4C set)                                   Carola Fischer RSCDS Bk 52
1- 8     1s lead down, on bar 4 1M crosses partner in front & 1L followed by 1M cast
  up behind 4M & 3M & across into 2nd place facing 3L (2s step up 3-4)
9-16    1s (1L leading) dance 1/2 alternating tandem reel with 1st corners; 1M
 continues reel with corners passing 3L LSh while 1L+3M turn LH to face 2L
17-24   1s (1M leading) dance 1/2 alternating tandem reel with 2nd corners;
  1L continues reel with corners passing 2L LSh while 1M+3L turn LH.
  1s end in 2nd place opp sides, 1L facing out
25-32   1s dance up, round 2s by RSh (1L behind 2M, 1M in front 2L) & 1M
   followed by 1L cast 1 place, across set to end in 2nd place own side
   (6 bars). All 3 couples set

FLORA’S FANCY (J8x32) 3C (4C set)                   RSCDS Tucson & 7 Pipers Scottish Soc.
1- 8     1s set, cast (2s step up). 1L+2s also 1M+3s dance RH across. 1s finish in middle
 facing up, 1M following 1L
9-16    1s (in tandem) +2s dance reel of 3 across (1s pass 2L RSh). 1s end in 2nd place
  own sides
17-24   1s set, turn 3/4 RH to face own sides. 1L+2s also 1M+3s dance LH across.
  1s finish in middle facing down, 1L following 1M
25-32   1s (in tandem) +3s dance reel of 3 across (1s pass 3M RSh). 1s end in 2nd
   place own sides

LES REMPARTS DE SÉVILLE (J8x32) 3C (4C set)         Aliénor Latour RSCDS Bk 50
1- 8     1s set, cast (2s step up bars 3-4), 1s dance 1/2 Figs 8, 1L round 2s, 1M round 3s
9-16    1s turn LH to face 1st corners & dance set to corners & partner (‘Hello-Goodbye’)
  to end 1M between 2s facing down, 1L between 3s facing up
17-24   2s+1s+3s Set+Link, all set, all cross RH
25-32   2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

FAREWELL TO BALFOUR ROAD (J1x96) 5C set            Andrew Buxton RSCDS Bk 52
1- 8     1s+2s circle 4H round & back
9-16    1s+2s Set+Link; 1s+3s Set+Link
17-24   *2s start* while 1s+4s+5s dance mirror reels of 3 on sides (1s in/down to start)
25-32   1s set, cross down RH to 4th place (4s step up); 1s set, cross down LH to 5th place
   5s step up) 2 3 4 5 1
   *New top couple start every 16 bars. Repeat until 1s back in 1st place, they stand for
  16 bars while 5s continue bars 17-32 ending back in 5th place*

CITY OF BELFAST (S3x32) 3C set Lucy Mullholland Belfast Diamond Jubilee Bk & RSCDS Bk 48
1- 8     1s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s, 1L+2M turn RH 1.1/4 times while 1M+2L turn
  LH 1.1/4 times & 1s end BtoB facing opp sides
9-16    1s+2s dance reel of 4 across & 2s end in 1st places while 1s pass LSh to face 1st corners
17-24   1s set to 1st corner & 2nd corner ending (turning to right) between corners,
    all set & 1s cross RH
25-32   1s+3s dance Espagnole:-
`25-26   1s+3s cross (Ladies lead across RH passing between Men) with Ladies changing
     places RH
`27-28   1s+3s cross back (Men lead across RH between Ladies) with Men changing places RH
`29-32   3s turn RH as 1s turn LH to end 2 3 1

SEAGREEN (S3x32) 3C set                                                                                 John Drewry Brodie Bk
1- 8     All set, 1M & 3L petronella turn into centre (BtoB position), dance out thru partner’s
   place &   cast to R into each others place while 1L & 3M cast down/up to opp end,
   petronella turn   into centre (BtoB position) & dance out to opp sides (3) 2 (1)
9-16    All set, circle 6H round to left for 3 steps, dance in on 4th step & turn to right to
  dance round  clockwise to (3) 2 (1)
17-24   Repeat bars 1- 8 with 1s+3s changing back to original places 1 2 3
25-32   2s followed by 1s dance down between 3s, cast up (2s to top & 1s to 2nd pl),
   1s followed by    3s dance up between 2s & cast (1s to bottom & 3s to 2nd place) 2 3 1

SLYTHERIN HOUSE (S8x32) 3C (4C set)                                                 Chris Ronald RSCDS Bk 52
1- 8     1s+2s Set+Link; circle 4H round to Left 2 1 3
9-16    1s pull back RSh & cast round 3rd corner (Man up/Lady down), pass LSh in centre & dance
  LSh round 1st corner (6 bars) 1s turn 3/4 LH to end in centre 1M below 1L,
   facing opp sides
17-20   1L+2s & 1M+3s dance RH across
21-24   “Snake Pass”: 1L followed by 2L & 2M, 1M followed by 3M & 3L, pass LSh in the middle,
   dance out to the side, down to 3rd/up to 1st place, cross to own side and cast up/down
   to  2nd place in middle, RSh to RSh facing opp sides
25-28   1M+3s (at top) & 1L+2s (at bottom) dance LH across
29-32   Repeat “Snake Pass” with dancers passing RSh in middle & all finish on sides 2 1 3

MR GALLAMORE’S STRATHSPEY (S4x32)                                 Elaine Brunken Moments in Time
1- 4     1M+2M and 3L+4L (Top 2 men and bottom 2 ladies) dance around their partners by
  the RSh   and curve into the centre to face their partner
5- 8     All join nearer hands with the person beside and set. 1M, 2M, 3L & 4L pull back RSh
  & dance   out to places
9-12    1L+2L and 3M+4M (Top 2 ladies and bottom 2 men) Set and Link
13-16   1L +3L and 2M+4M (Middle ladies and men) Set and Link (Ladies’ order 2,3,1,4 and men’s
   order 1,4,2,3)
17-24   Four Couple Bourrel:
`17-20   2L and 3M dance across set & up/down to finish in the centre at the opp end while all
   others set advancing to person diagonally to their right, turn each other 3/4 2H.
   1M+3L, 4M+1L, 2M+4L)
  All pull back right shoulder (twirl), finish in the centre ladies facing up, men facing down,
  facing original partner.
`21-24   All set to partners and turn 3/4 with 2 hands to finish on own side. (Order 3,1,4,2)
25-32   All circle 8H round and back.   Repeat with new top couple.




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