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Rothesay Rant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

ROTHESAY RANT (J4x32) Sq.Set Anna C Holden SCDs

1- 8 All ½ turn partners RH retain hold and give LH to next person and all set (M facing out), ½ turn next person LH and all set end Ladies turning in
9-16 1s+3s (in 2nd and 4th places) dance ½ Ladies' Chain and ½ R&L
17-24 2s+4s dance ½ Ladies' Chain, 2s+4s dance ½ R&L
25-32 All circle 8H round and back. 4123

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


Rothesay Rant
Anna C Holden   12 Scottish Country Dances, Birmingham RSCDS
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Square Set

  1-2   All turn partners by the right halfway on the sides, finishing in a circle, Mn facing out, Ls in;

  3-4   retaining hold with partners and taking left hands with second corners, all balance;

  5-6   all turn second corners by the left halfway on the sides, finishing 4L2M 1L3M 2L4M 3L1M in the square set, Ls facing out, Mn in;

  7-8   retaining hold with second corners and taking right hands with opposite, all balance, turning on the spot to finish Ls facing in, Mn out;

  9-12 1s3s half ladies' chain across the set;

13-16 1s3s half rights and lefts;

17-20 2s4s half ladies' chain up and down the set;

21-24 2s4s half rights and lefts, finishing 4s1s2s3s;

25-32 8 hands round and back, finishing 4s1s2s3s.

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

Dance Notes

  3-8   Balance with straight arms, as in double triangles, to form a zig-zag circle.

  9-12 On the second and fourth times through, the previous 2s and 4s start the first half ladies' chain.

  9-24 All very quick.


Rothesay Rant (revised)
Anna C Holden   12 Scottish Country Dances, Birmingham RSCDS
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Square Set
In this version, the turning halfway in bars 1-2 is changed to "by the left" and in 5-6 to "by the right" so that 1s and 3s are facing appropriately for bar 9. Note that this is not an authorized version; it is simply a variant favoured by those for whom Flow of the Dance is an obsession.

  1-2   All turn partners by the left halfway on the sides, finishing in a circle, Mn facing in, Ls out;

  3-4   retaining hold and taking right hands with second corners, all balance;

  5-6   all turn second corners by the right halfway on the sides, finishing 4L2M 1L3M 2L4M 3L1M in the square set, Ls facing in, Mn out;

  7-8   retaining hold with second corners and taking left hands with opposite, all balance;

  9-12 1s3s half ladies' chain across the set;

13-16 1s3s half rights and lefts;

17-20 2s4s half ladies' chain up and down the set;

21-24 2s4s half rights and lefts, finishing 4s1s2s3s;

25-32 8 hands round and back, finishing 4s1s2s3s.

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

Dance Notes

  1-8   These are the modified figures.

  3-8   Balance with straight arms, as in double triangles, to form a zig-zag circle.

  9-12 On the second and fourth times through, the previous 2s and 4s start the first half ladies' chain.

  9-24 All very quick but a much easier start than in the standard version.

29-32 On the last time through, it's more fun to continue with 8 hands round to the left again and to finish with a "hooch" but, in a demo, only if this is the last dance of a sequence.


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