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Dance Circassian Circle 1210

Reel · 32 bars · 2 couples · Round the room

Devised by
Unknown
Intensity
88 88 88 88 = 100% (1 turn), 100% (whole dance)
Formations
Steps
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change
Published in
Recommended Music
Extra Info
This dance (Couple facing Couple ) has no relationship to the dance “Circassian (Big) Circle” (Single Circle) . The original …

This dance (Couple facing Couple ) has no relationship to the dance “Circassian (Big) Circle” (Single Circle) . The original source of this dance is unknown, and might not exist.

Many variants of “Round the Room” dances called something like “Circassian Circle” exist, both with a single circle of dancers, and two circles (Couple facing Couple). A broad overview can be found on Andrew Timmins’ website at https://www.libraryofdance.org/dances/circassian-circle/

Supplement: The website https://www.dancilla.com/wiki/index.php/Circassian_Circle tells us that the Community Dances Manual 1, 1949, (still available from the English Folk Dance And Song Society; Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 7AY.) has the following entry where both dances are combined:

The Circassian And The Big Circle (Collected by Maud Karpeles in Northumberland)

PART 1: The Cercassian Circle (jig tune) Form: Progressive Sicilian Circle (couple facing couple). A.1. Right and left through or woman cross over (left) and men cross over (right), and repeat to places. A.2. Partners balance right and left. Partners swing. B.1. “Ladies Chain” B.2. Swing and change OR Promenade on to next couple.

PART 2: The Big Cercle (reel tune) All join hands in one ring: Each man with his partner on his right facing centre. A.1.Forward and back twice. A.2. Woman to centre and back again. Men go in and back to contrary partner, i.e. the woman on his left. B.1. Swing her round. B.2. Promenade around and repeat as from A.1."

Could this double variant be the reason why these unsimilar dances have such similar names?

NameArtistAlbumMediaTrkTypeTimePaceClip
Circassian Circle Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band A Scottish Celebration CD 3 R32 84:33 34.1
Circassian Circle Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band Book 1. Music for Twelve Traditional Dances CD+ 3 R32 84:33 34.1
Circassian Circle Jim MacLeod and his Band More Sounds of Scotland LP 5 R32 63:15 32.5
Circassian Circle Jim MacLeod and his Band Scottish Dance Favourites LP+ 3 R32 63:15 32.5
Circassian Circle Jim MacLeod and his Band Golden Hour of Scottish Dancing LP 3 R32 63:15 32.5
Circassian Circle Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band The Shores of Loch Alvie CD+ 3 R32 50:00 0.0
Circassian Circle Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band Scottish Country Dancing CD 3 R32 50:00 0.0
Circassian Circle Callum Wilson and his Scottish Dance Band Scottish Country Dancing CD+ 16 R32 42:25 36.2
Circassian Circle Jimmy Shand Jnr. and his Band A Dram o' Scotch LP 9 R32 42:19 34.8
Circassian Circle Alastair Hunter & the Lorne Scottish Dance Band Let's Dance Again. Volume 2 MC 2 R32 53:00 36.0
Circassian Circle Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band Highland Airs CD 7 R32 52:59 35.8
Circassian Circle Bill Black and his Scottish Dance Band The Shepherd's Choice LP 2 R32 53:02 36.4
Circassian Circle Dancing Strings of Scotland Dancing Strings of Scotland LP+ 11 R32 84:17 32.1
Circassian Circle The Occasionals Back in Step CD 6 R32 84:27 33.4
Circassian Circle Jimmy Blue and his Scottish Band Favourite Scottish Dance Music Vol. 2 LP 6 R32 40:00 0.0
Circassian Circle Muriel A Johnstone Preliminary Test MC 1 R32 40:00 0.0
Circassian Circle George B Stirrat Seven Favourite Dances #4 CD+ 5 R32 80:00 0.0
Circassian Circle Beryl S Johnston The Tartan Track LP 3 R32 30:00 0.0
Circassian Circle Jim Cameron and his Scottish Dance Band Dance Date No 1 LP 2 R32 50:00 0.0
Circassian Circle Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band Iain MacPhail Celebrates in South America CD 5 R32 52:48 33.6
Circassian Circle Gordon Shand and his Scottish Dance Band Ceilidh Round the Steeple CD 2 R32 42:22 35.5
Circassian Circle Jimmy Shand and his Band English Folk Dances LP 9 R32 40:00 0.0
Circassian Circle Jimmy Shand and his Band Jimmy Shand Favourites LP 8 R32 40:00 0.0
Circassian Circle David South and his Scottish Dance Band To the Laird CD 2 R32 31:48 36.0
Circassian Circle Ian Hutson & his Scottish Dance Band Let's Celebrate CD 20 R32 63:49 38.2
Circassian Circle Ceilidh Folk Edinburgh Schottische Tänze CD 9 R32 63:27 34.5
Circassian Circle Fraser McGlynn and his Scottish Dance Band Fraser McGlynn and his Scottish Dance Band CD 20 R32 63:13 32.2
Circassian Circle Jimmy Shand and his Band King of the Button Box Vol 2 CD 5 R32 63:17 32.8
Circassian Circle The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band Are ye dancin'? - The Ceilidh CD 10 R32 63:26 34.3
Circassian Circle The Lochside Ceilidh Band All Set Volume One CD 2 R32 21:18 39.0
Circassian Circle The Lochside Ceilidh Band All Set Volume One CD 12 R32 42:26 36.5
Circassian Circle Bill Douglas and his Scottish Dance Band The Essential Scottish Dance Bands Collection CD 14 R32 63:31 35.2
Circassian Circle Da Fustra A Shetland Dance CD 2 R32 63:31 35.2
Circassian Circle Da Fustra Strikes Again CD 15 R32 42:25 36.2
Circassian Circle Bill Douglas and his Scottish Dance Band Twenty Scottish Dance Bands Vol 2 CD 14 R32 63:33 35.5
Circassian Circle George B Stirrat Scottish Accordion Favourites CD 13 R32 84:25 33.1
Circassian Circle George B Stirrat Let's Go Scottish Country Dancing Vol 3 CD 14 R32 84:25 33.1
Circassian Circle Rob Gordon and his Band The Complete Caledonian Ball CD+ 1 R32 52:58 35.6
Circassian Circle Jim MacLeod and his Band Simply the Best Scottish Country Dance Album CD 14 R324:37 0
Petronella/Circassian Circle Ian Hutson & his Scottish Dance Band The Dashing White Sergeant CD 1 R32 84:40 35.0
Circassian Circle 2RR · R32
1–
1c+2c R&L
9–
1c+2c set twice to P ; turn P BH
17–
L-Chain
25–
Poussette (to 2,1), and join adjacent couple
Circassian Circle 2RR · R32

Round the Room Dance 2 facing 2

1-8
All dance R&L
9-16
All set to partner twice & turn 2H
17-24
All dance Ladies’ Chain
25-32
All dance Poussette to change places & progress to face next couple

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Added on: 2022-01-18 (Ward Fleri)
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Added on: 2020-04-22 (Murrough Landon)
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YCAC 2023 2023-01-28 Alex Sayers Jan. 28, 2023, 5:58 a.m.
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Chiswick ~ 170115 Social Dance 2017-01-15 James Wilson Jan. 12, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
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An Evening of Scottish Country Dance at the Caledonian Club, London 2022-09-30 Stephen Hartley Sept. 30, 2022, 5:26 p.m.
Sunday Social with Dunedin Dancers and RSCDS Edinburgh October 2019 2019-10-06 Ian Brockbank Sept. 24, 2019, 9:42 p.m.
Chiswick ~ 161120 Social Dance 2016-11-20 James Wilson Nov. 16, 2016, 10:44 p.m.
RSCDS London Family Dance 2019 2019-06-08 Meryl Thomson Jan. 21, 2019, 5:05 p.m.
serTA workshop 26 September 2021 2021-09-23 Marie Montague Sept. 23, 2021, 11:31 p.m.
SERTA workshop 21 September 2021 2021-09-23 Marie Montague Sept. 23, 2021, 10:50 p.m.
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Karlsruhe Ceilidh 2013 Ingrid Gosheger Sept. 18, 2013, 1:56 p.m.
Aberfeldy Highland Ball 2017-12-02 Janine Scott Aug. 21, 2017, 2:07 p.m.
Budapest Local Club 24.10.2017 2017-10-24 Zoltán Gräff Oct. 24, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
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RSCDS Book 1 Ward Fleri Nov. 13, 2020, 9:06 p.m.
Van Isle Social Feb 10 Gordon Robinson Jan. 20, 2012, 2:06 p.m.
RSCDS Book 01 Martina Mueller-Franz June 8, 2016, 2:21 p.m.
Charlotte ajdsmith Feb. 6, 2018, 5:42 p.m.
Blue Ridge 2022 - Monday - High Impact Class 2022-07-04 Cynthia West July 6, 2022, 5:45 p.m.
Collins book 2017 - Easy Ceilidh Dances Truus de Ceuster Oct. 17, 2017, 3:19 a.m.
Chester Folk Festival 2023 2023-05-27 Andrew Locke May 26, 2023, 10:43 p.m.
Budapest Local Club - Margitsziget 09.08.2022 2022-08-09 lldikó Szakolczai Aug. 28, 2022, 7:53 a.m.
Highland Balls and Village Halls Judith Kowalczik June 14, 2018, 5:21 p.m.
Reference 7 2019-06-29 Willie Lawrence June 9, 2019, 5:03 p.m.
Wimbledon core and easy dances Sarah B. July 25, 2017, 7:55 p.m.
RSCDS Falkirk 2020 Crieff Hydro - Saturday - Ceilidh 2020-01-18 Craig Skinner Dec. 12, 2019, 6:48 p.m.
RSCDS Falkirk 2019 Crieff Hydro - Saturday - Ceilidh 2019-01-19 Craig Skinner Nov. 28, 2018, 6:33 p.m.
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Gerrards Cross Summer Dance 2019-06-30 Joyce Wiles June 19, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
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190426 Chiswick easier dances 2019-04-26 Evelyn Wilson April 26, 2019, 9:52 a.m.
2-Couple Dances A - C Meinhard Reiser Feb. 27, 2019, 4:49 p.m.

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144 crib doesn't match dance Nov. 15, 2012, 9:06 p.m. Terry Keith Rose Normal Fixed