Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tap Ta Tae

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Tap Ta Tae
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
5x40 bar Strathspey
5-couple Square set, 5th couple in the centre

  1-8   CIRCLE AND BACK: Outer couples dance 8 hands round and back AS centres set ending with 5th man facing 1st couple and 1st woman facing 3rd couple;

  9-24 ½ HAND-IN-HAND REELS OF 4: head couples join nearer hands and dance Hand-in-Hand reel of four halfway starting with 5th man passing 1st couple by the right AS 5th woman passes 3rd couple by the right, on bar 12 head couples turn individually and change hands AS 5th couple pass left shoulder in the middle to end facing side couples; REPEAT bars 9-12 with side couples (bars 13-16), then with head couples (bars 17-20), and finally with side couples (bars 21-24)(NOTE that 5th man dances round 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in turn AS 5th woman dance round 3rd, 4th, 1st and 2nd places in turn);

25-40 3-HANDED WHEEL AND TURN: 5th (i.e. centre) couple dance right hands across with head couples (2 bars)(5th man with 1st couple, 5th woman with 3rd couple), centre couple turn each other ¾ round with left hands (2 bars), centre couple dance right hands across with side couples (5th man with 2nd couple, 5th woman with 4th couple), centre couple turn each other ¾ round with left hands, centre couple dance right hands across with head couples (5th man with 3rd couple, 5th woman with 1st couple), centre couple turn each other ¾ round with left hands, centre couple dance right hands across with side couples (5th man with 4th couple, 5th woman with 2nd couple), 5th (i.e. centre) couple ½ turn with left hands and dance between 1st couple into 1st couples place AS 1st couple dance into the centre.

REPEAT with each couple taking a turn in the centre
On Bar 9, 2nd time through: 1st couple starts the reels with side couples, beginning by
passing right shoulders: 1st man passing 2nd couple AS 1st woman passing 4th couple;
On Bar 9, 3rd time through: 2nd couple starts the reels with head couples, beginning by
passing right shoulders: 2nd man passing 3rd couple AS 2nd woman passing 5th couple;
On Bar 9, 4th time through: 3rd couple starts the reels with side couples, beginning by
passing right shoulders: 3rd man passing 4th couple AS 3rd woman passes 1st couple;
On Bar 9, 5th time through: 4th couple starts the reels with head couples, beginning by
passing right shoulders: 4th man passing 5th couple AS 4th woman passes 2nd couple;

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



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