Video: The Scallywag
RSCDS Book 51
40-bar jig for three couples in a four-couple longwise set
1 – 4 1st couple dance in towards each other almost to touch shoulders and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3 – 4.
5 – 8 1st couple, giving left hands, turn one and a quarter times to face first corners.
9 – 12 1st couple set to first corners and, giving right hands, turn to finish 1st woman facing 2nd woman and 1st man facing 3rd man.
13 – 16 All dance half reels of three across the set, passing left shoulders to begin and finishing in lines of three facing up and down the set.
17 – 20 Taking hands, all advance and retire.
21 – 24 1st couple dance round each other by the right shoulder to finish facing third corners (second corner person in partner’s first corner position).
25 – 32 Repeat bars 9 – 16 from new positions. 2nd and 3rd couples finish the half reels of three on own sides facing in, while 1st couple finish facing each other up and down the set.
33 – 34 1st couple set advancing and take right hands.
35 – 36 1st woman turns under her partner’s right arm while setting (pulling back her right shoulder) as 1st man sets moving slightly towards the women’s side. They finish side by side in the middle of the set, facing up, 1st woman on her partner’s left, retaining right hands.
37 – 40 1st couple lead up, cross over above 2nd couple, and cast off to second place on own sides.
Repeat, having passed a couple.
On the last two bars of the second time through, 1st coup1e cast to the bottom of the set.
Devised by Jennifer P Kelly, RSCDS San Francisco Branch, February 1997.
An appropriately flirtatious dance devised to honour Mikkel Thompson on reaching his half century.
Jennie Miller, RSCDs Third Book of Graded SCDs
32-bar strathspey for four couples in a four-couple longwise set
1 – 4 1st couple dance down between 2nd couple and cast up one place; 3rd couple dance down between 4th couple and cast up one place.
5 – 8 1st and 2nd couples, 3rd and 4th couples dance four hands once round to the left.
9 – 12 2nd couple dance up between 1st couple and cast off one place; 4th couple dance up between 3rd couple and cast off one place.
13 – 16 1st and 2nd couples, 3rd and 4th couples dance four hands once round to the right.
17 – 20 1st and 2nd couples set and dance right hands across halfway.
21 – 24 1st and 3rd couples set and dance left hands across halfway.
25 – 28 1st and 4th couples set and dance right hands across halfway.
29 – 32 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 1st couples set and, giving right hands to partner, cross over.
Repeat from new positions.
Devised by Jennie Miller, New Zealand Branch.
The movements and involvement of all the dancers in this dance depict the interaction with special and more casual friends when dancing a Scottish country dance.
Video: Follow Me Home
Follow Me Home
RSCDS Book 38 – No. 3
1 – 8 1st couple set and, giving right hands, cross over and cast off one place on opposite sides. 1st couple, giving left hands, turn to join right hands with first corners in balance in line position. 2nd couple step up on bars 5-6.
9 – 10 1st couple and first corners balance in line.
11 – 16 Releasing left hands with partner, 1st couple turn first corners halfway. 1st couple, followed closely by first corners, dance clockwise halfway round the set, passing behind second corners. 1st couple dance in to join right hands with partner and left hands with second corners. 3rd woman finishes in 1st man’s place and 2nd man finishes in 3rd woman’s place.
17 – 18 1st couple and second corners balance in line.
19 – 24 Releasing left hands with partner, 1st couple turn second corners halfway. 1st couple, followed closely by second corners, dance anticlockwise halfway round the set, passing behind 1st corners. 1st couple pass each other by the left to finish in second place on opposite sides facing out. 3rd man finishes in 1st woman’s place and 2nd woman finishes in 3rd man’s place. All are on opposite sides in the order 3, 1, 2.
25 – 28 3rd , 1st and 2nd couples dance half reels of three on the sides, 3rd and 1st men and 1st and 2nd women passing by the left to begin.
29 – 32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set and, giving right hands to partners, cross over.
Repeat, having passed a couple.
Devised by Ellie Briscoe, Alexandria, Virginia.
Original tune: Miss Catherine Stewart, Pettyvaich (William Marshall)
The Manual of Scottish Country Dancing:
Bars 11-16 The half turns should be completed in one bar to ensure the corners finish in new place. Similarly for bars 19-24.
11-16 1st cpl half turn corners, on bar 11, & release hands. Corners follow closely without going back through corner position.
19-24 Bar 19 as well as bar 11 above.
Video: On the quarter-Deck
On the quarter-Deck
Scottish Country Dances from THE HARBOUR CITY.
A 32 bar hornpipe for 2 couples in a 4 couple longwise set.
1 – 4 1st couple set once and cross over giving right hands.
5 – 8 1st couple set once and turn with right hands just over halfway round.
9 – 12 1st couple and 2nd man dance right hands across once round.
13 – 16 1st couple and 2nd woman dance left hands across once round.
17 – 20 1st woman, followed by her partner, dances down the middle for two steps, both turn right about and 1st man, followed by his partner, dances back up the middle.
21 – 24 1st man casts down behind 2nd woman and crosses over into 2nd man’s place while 1st woman dances up the middle and casts down behind 2nd woman to finish in 2nd woman’s place. 2nd couple move up on bars 23 and 24.
25 – 32 2nd and 1st couples dance right and left.
Repeat, having passed a couple.
“On the Quarter-deck” was devised by Iain Boyd.
Video: Tap the Barrel
Tap the Barrel
Sue Burridge, RSCDS Third Graded Book
32-bar reel for three couples in a three couple longwise set
1 – 2 1st woman and 3rd man, giving right hands, change places
3 – 4 1st man and 3rd woman, giving right hands, change places
5 – 6 2nd couple, giving right hands, cross over
7 – 8 3rd, 2nd and 1st couples, giving right hands, turn half way to finish in the middle of the set, facing up in allemande hold.
9 – 16 3rd, 2nd and 1st couples dance an allemande
17 – 20 1st couple set and cast off one place. 2nd couple step down on bars 19-20
21 – 24 3rd couple set and cast up one place. 1st couple step down on bars 23-24
25 – 32 2nd, 3rd and 1st couples dance sizx hands round and back.
Devised by Sue Burridge, London Branch
The title was inspired by the tune The Ale Wife and Her Barrel