Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Dinna Fash

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Dinna Fash
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 3: Corners
32 bar Strathspey
Couple facing couple in a circle Round The Room

  1-8   REEL OF 4: each person dances a reel of four around the room and back (staying on the inner or outer circle) starting by passing opposite by the right shoulder (Bar 1), the next person around the room by the left shoulder (Bar 2), and the next person around the room by the right shoulder (Bar 3), pull right shoulder to come back (Bar 4), and continue the reel back to original place;

  9-12 RIGHT HAND WHEEL: with the opposite couple dance right hands across;

13-16 OLD STYLE RIGHTS AND LEFTS: starting with opposite dance rights and lefts with no hands and one step to pass each person;

17-24 LADIES' CHAIN: dance ladies' chain to end both hands joined with partner and angled slightly so men can pass back-to-back in the next formation;

25-32 ANCIENT POUSSETTE: 1st and 2nd couples dance anticlockwise 1½ times around other couple on a diamond pattern finishing with ½ turn to end facing next couple around the circle; i.e. dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 25), dance to opposite place with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 26), dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 27), dance to original place with a ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 28), repeat Bars 25-26 and turn ½ clockwise to end facing next couple around the circle (N.B. the strathspey setting step is used throughout).

REPEAT.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)


Dance Information

Dinna Fash is broad Scots for Don't Worry.

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