Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Tarry Woo'

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Tarry Woo'
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 8: The Handy Dozen
3x32 bar Strathspey
3-couple dance in Triangular Set

  1-4   SET AND WHEEL: 1st and 2nd couples set and dance right hands across: end facing 3rd couple;

  5-8   SET AND WHEEL: 1st and 3rd couples set and dance right hands across ending nearer hands joined with partner, and 1st couple (1st man on left hand side of partner) facing 2nd couple;

  9-16 HAND-IN-HAND REEL OF 3: 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance left shoulder Hand-in-Hand Reel of 3, all switching hands with partner at each end of the reel;

17-24 DOWN MIDDLE AND BACK: 1st couple followed by 2nd woman with 3rd man, and 3rd woman with 2nd man (all nearer hands joined) dance away from the head of the set and cast back to original places, and join nearer hands with partner;

25-28 ADVANCE, RETIRE AND LINK: all advance 1 step nearer hands joined with partner, drop partner's hand and retire nearer hands joined with corner, then link with corner (men cast as women dance in front of men curling into corner's place);

29-32 ADVANCE, RETIRE AND LINK: all advance 1 step nearer hands joined with new partner (1 step), drop partner's hand and retire nearer hands joined with new corner, then link with corner (men cast as women dance in front of men curling into corner's place).

REPEAT FROM NEW PLACES.

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


Dance Information

Tarry Woo' is broad Scots for Tangled wool.

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