Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Odd Couple (Laidlaw)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Odd Couple (Laidlaw)
An 8 x 32 bar jig for three couples in a longwise four couple set.

Chase

1 - 8 The first man, followed by his partner, casts off one place. He then dances across the set between the second and third ladies, while the second couple move up. The first man then, still followed by his partner, casts off round the third lady and dances up the middle of the set to finish in second place on his own side. His partner finishes in second place on her own side.
9-16 The first man dances down the middle and up to second place, while the first lady dances a right hand wheel for four steps with the third couple and then a left hand wheel with the second couple. First man begins by dancing in front of his partner on bar 9.
17-24 The first lady dances down the middle and back to second place, while the first man does a right wheel for four steps with the third couple and a left hand wheel with the second couple. First lady begins by dancing in front of her partner on bar 17.

Reels of Three

25-32 The first couple dance reels of three on their own sides. The first lady begins by giving left shoulder to the second lady, and the first man begins by giving right shoulder to the third man. First couple finish in second place on their own sides ready to start again.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw and others, 1998)
(Co-devisers; Simon Barbour, Glenys Barbour, Patricia Digby-Smith, Christine Miller, Howard McNally, Glenys Pearce)


Dance Information

We have had many slightly eccentric couples through our club so this dance is dedicated to all those people who have enriched our dancing!

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