Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Taigh Mhicleod

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Taigh Mhicleod
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 3: A Dime A Dozen
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   ½ RIGHTS AND LEFTS: 1st and 2nd couples dance ½ rights and lefts (omit polite turn at end);

  5-8   DOWN AND CROSS: 1st couple followed by 2nd couple lead down for 3 steps, and cross over on Bar 8;

  9-16 CAST UP AND TURN: 2nd couple followed by 1st couple cast up behind any standing couples on their own side to top two places and turn partners 1¼ times to end in a line up-and-down the middle of the set;

17-24 REEL OF 4: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 4;

25-32 SET AND TURN: 1st and 2nd couples set to partner with Highland Schottische setting step and turn partner 1¾ times round with both hands to end on own side of the dance.

Repeat having passed a couple.

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

Dance Notes

As with all dances having the format, 2-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, if dancer numbers so dictate it can be performed in a 3-Couple or 5-Couple Set and with the number of repeats adjusted appropriately.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Instruction Videos

Taigh Mhicleod - YouTube Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

"Taigh Mhicleod" in Gaelic means "MacLeod's House"; it should be pronounced as "Tie Vikloud" in English with equal stress on the two syllables of "Mhicleod".

It is probably worthy of note that Dunvegan Castle, is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod and has been the stronghold of the chiefs of the clan for 800 years.

Dunvegan Castle Image
Taigh Mhicleod - Dunvegan Castle

Dance information by Reuben Freemantle.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Dunvegan Castle article on Wikipedia.
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