Netherlee Scottish Country Dance Club

Created  Nov 2003

Official Website

1s=first couple etc.

1s2s=first and second couples etc.

C1's=first corner positions C2's=second corner positions

C3’s=third corner positions C4’s=fourth corner positions

; = after 4 bars : = after 8 bars  (this is the most important abbreviation)

RH=right hand  LH=left hand

RSh=right shoulder LSh=left shoulder

R=right   L=left

Up1=up 1 place  Dn3=down 3 places

R&L=right hand then left hand


PIT=petronella in tandem

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 (take 3 bars) and up (take 3 bars)

Rnd=round  Bk=back

fin=finish  pl=place


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


Tandem Rof3 = Rof3 with NO changing at ends of the reels.

Dolphin Rof3 = Rof3 with change of order at ends of reels.

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-explanatory - but if not please email me (see Main Menu, ‘Committee/Contact Us’) and I will add to the above.


Abbreviations used throughout my personal database and crib sheets :-



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-colons were used to bar the dances on Robin’s original database which I subsequently adopted. (semi-colon = 4 bars and a colon = 8 bars) It also meant that a twenty-dance programme could be accommodated on an A4 sheet of paper.

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 then if you don’t care for my short-hand you can use MiniCrib to provide you with a crib more to your liking.