Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tapsalteerie (Clowes)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

TAPSALTEERIE (R6x40) 6C set Roy Clowes Green Lochan
Couples stand in 2 parallel sets facing partners with 1L and 2M, 3L and 4M, 5L and 6M BtoB

1- 8 1M+3L+6M also 1L+4M+6L dance ½ diagonal reels of 3 (1M giving RSh to 3L and 4M RSh to 6L), 2L+4M+5L also 2M+3L+5M dance ½ reel of 3 on other diagonal (4M gives RSh to 2L and 3L gives RSh to 5M)
9-16 3s+4s dance reel of 4 across
17-24 All set to partners, 3s+6s also 1s+4s dance ½ RH across while 2s+5s change places RH with partner, all set, 6s+2s also 5s+1s dance ½ LH across while 3s and 4s change LH with partner (now in order 326 parallel with 154 with 1M+3L BtoB)
25-32 Middle dancers (1M+5M+4M+3L+2L+6L) dance 6H round and back
33-40 Middle couples cast to right and dance DoSiDo with partner, all change places RH with partner to end on opposite sides 326 parallel with 154

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

Dance Information

'Tapsalteerie' is Scottish for 'topsy-turvy', meaning chaotic, disorderly, mixed-up.

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