The term Casting
means Dance Up
or Down Outside
a Longwise set
or around the Outside
of a Square
or other Circular set
for the specified or implied number of Places
and in the specified or implied direction. The Figure
is usually performed by an individual dancer though a Couple
in Promenade hold
or Allemande hold
or in Tandem
. When the instruction applies with no such qualification to a Couple
in a Longwise set
, e.g., 1s Cast
, this means that the 1st Man
and 1st Lady Cast
individually on their Own sides
Note that, when the destination Place specified is occupied by a Standing dancer, the Casting must be extended by half a Place (see Diagram 26 and Diagram 25).
Two bars are usually allocated when the extent of the Casting is one Place; when Casting more than one Place, the Timing is longer but not necessarily pro rata.
Occasionally, as in bars 41-44 of the Scottish Country Dance The Blacksmith of Elgin, 4 bars are allowed and so the Figure must become more open with the dancers Advancing towards each other before curving away.
For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Casting
, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions
or both -
Burns Bicentenary Strathspey
Gold In Tassie
Reel For Alice
Water Of Fleet
Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Casting
Casting Video Clip
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