Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cast Up

To Cast up, Dance Up, Outside a Longwise set for one Place or the specified number if different.

Diagram 26 shows the Figure for the Lady when starting from Facing Out, as in bars 7-8 of The Montgomeries' Rant.

Note that, although the instructions for the dance specify, or imply, Casting one Place, that Place is occupied (by the 2nd Lady) and so she must Cast upPlaces.

When starting from a stationary Position, Facing Partner or another dancer, first Pull the right shoulder back if on the Men's Side, the left if on the Ladies', so as to Turn on the spot and then Dance away Outside The set, i.e., go the long way round; if more music than necessary is allowed (see Timing), start by first Dancing toward the other Scottish Country Dancer.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Cast up, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Birlin' Awa
Dunfermline Glen
Hamilton Hospitality
Murray's Welcome
Palace Of Atholl
Snow Butterfly
There Be Dragons

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