Netherlee Scottish Country Dance Club
Created Nov 2003
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
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)
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-
CRIB SHEET ABBREVIATIONS.
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-
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-