Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Todlin' Athegither

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Todlin' Athegither
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 8: The Handy Dozen
3x32 bar Reel
3-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-4   WHEEL AT TOP: 1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across;

  5-8   WHEEL AT BOTTOM: 2nd and 3rd couples dance left hands across;

  9-16 TANDEM REEL OF 3: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance a Tandem Reel of 3 (this is a reel of 3, couples dancing as one unit, one behind the other: the lead switches at the head and foot of the reel) start with 1st and 2nd couples passing right shoulders men in the lead and 3rd woman ahead of 3rd man, and end nearer hands joined with partner on own side of set;

17-24 HAND-IN-HAND REEL OF 3: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance Hand-in-Hand Reel of 3 (this reel is performed by dancing a reel of 3 nearer hands joined with partner when dancing up or down the reel and changing hands at the top and bottom of the reel as one reverses direction so staying on your own side of the set);

25-32 BRIGADOON: couples in 1st and 2nd positions dance in and down touching nearer hands in the middle, and out one place down the set curling upwards into the side AS couple in 3rd position dance up two places on their own side (NO CAST)(2 bars), then all set nearer hands joined on the side set;

REPEAT bars 25-28 from new positions (order is now 2nd, 3rd, 1st).


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

Dance Information

Todlin' Athegither is broad Scots for Toddling altogether.

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