Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


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 may Cast 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 -
Banff Hornpipe
Bonnie Banchory
Burns Bicentenary Strathspey
Gold In Tassie
Liquid Assets
Reel For Alice
Water Of Fleet
Winter Park
Scotland's Gardens
Fife Meeting

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Casting

Casting Video Clip

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