Mickel Scottish Country Dance Club
Official Web Site
Created May 2004
1. In 1988 I adopted Robin Strong’s (Kilmarnock member) shorthand notes and both of us shared the work of inputting dances to Robin’s original database. This was done at a time when computer memory was scarce and disk space was at a premium which is the reason for many of the dances on my crib sheet not showing bar numbering. Colons and semi-
2. The advantage of having my own database is that I can add any notes that I think are important in the better understanding of the dance instructions.
3. I am gradually barring the dances. However, at the very least, you can use my crib sheet to inform you of the dance programme. You can then use MiniCrib to provide you with your own crib sheet which will show conventional bar numbering.
1s=first couple etc.
1s2s=first and second couples etc.
; = after 4 bars : = after 8 bars (these are the most important abbreviations)
RH=right hand LH=left hand
RSh=right shoulder LSh=left shoulder
Up1=up 1 place Dn3=down 3 places
R&L=right hand then left hand
P&T=pass and turn
S&L= set and link
A&R=advance (take 2 bars) and retire (take 2 bars) unless otherwise stated
A1R1=advance (take 1 bar) and retire (take 1 bar)
DM&U=lead down middle (take 4 bars) and up (take 4 bars)
DM3&U3=lead down middle for 3 bars, then up for 3 bars
C1's=first corner positions
C2's=second corner positions
C3’s=third corner positions
C4’s=fourth corner positions
2s(1s)3s=all 3 couples but first couple are on wrong side in 2nd pl
Rof3=reel for 3 dancers (unless otherwise stated 1s give Rsh to start)
Rof4=as above but for 4 dancers
nhj=nearer hands joined
pdb=pas de basque
To clearly stipulate simultaneous and sequential actions I use AS (something is done) ALSO (something else is being done at the same time) THEN (back to normal dance sequential instruction)
SDA=dance source is Scottish Dance Archives
Bk3 No7=RSCDS pocket book 3, dance no 7.
Hopefully all the other abbreviations are self-
CRIB SHEET ABBREVIATIONS -