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The Robertson Rant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE ROBERTSON RANT (S80) Sq.Set Mrs Douglas Winchester RSCDS Book 39

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 All Ladies dance RH across ½ way and turn opposite Man LH, all Ladies dance ½ RH across and turn partner LH
17-24 1s+3s dance reel of 4 (Ladies start by passing LSh as Men set)
25-32 All set Highland Schottische to corners, turn 2H twice
33-40 2s+4s dance reel of 4 with Ladies starting by passing LSh
41-48 All set Highland Schottische to corners, turn 2H twice
49-56 All Ladies circle left to face partners (Ladies BtoB), set to and turn partners 2H
57-64 All Men circle right to face partners (Men BtoB), set to and turn partners 2H
65-72 All dance Grand Chain
73-80 All Allemande anticlockwise

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


The Robertson Rant
Mrs Douglas Winchester   RSCDS Book 39
Strathspey   80 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Square Set

  1-8   All 8 hands round and back;

  9-16 interlocking ladies' chains:

  9-10 Ls right hands across halfway (WHILE Mn cast pulling left shoulder back to partners' places);

11-12 all turn opposite by the left;

13-14 Ls right hands across halfway (WHILE Mn continue to cast pulling left shoulder back);

15-16 all turn partners by the left;

17-24 1s3s reel of 4 (1L 3L pass left shoulder to start);

25-28 all set (Highland Schottische) to corners;

29-32 all turn corners with both hands twice;

33-48 repeat bars 17-32 (2s4s reeling);

49-52 Ls 4 hands round to the left;

53-56 all set to partners and turn both hands;

57-60 Mn 4 hands round to the right;

61-64 all set to partners and turn both hands;

65-72 all grand chain;

73-79 all allemande round the set (anticlockwise) finishing facing in;

80-80 all unwind the allemande hold (as in bar 6 of allemande for 2 couples) so that Ls finish back to back in the centre facing out, Mn facing in but retain right hand hold.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

    -10 Ls finish facing out in opposite M's place.

    -14 Ls finish facing out in partner's place.

17-18 1M 3M start the reel by setting at the ends WHILE 1L3L advance and pass by the left.

25-28 Mn raise one arm in Highland Schottische setting (left arm while hopping on left foot, right with right) and place other hand on hip.

    -52 Ls finish facing out to partners.

    -56 Ls finish in places.

    -60 Mn finish facing out to partners.

    -64 All finish in places.

    -80 Retain hold for the acknowledgement on the final chord; if part of a demo sequence, after acknowledging partners, turn ¾ by the right to finish in places.


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