Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wedding Ring

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Wedding Ring
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 3: Corners
6/8 x 32 bar Reel
2-couple dance in 3 or 4-couple longways set

  1-4   ½ FIGURE OF 8: 1st couple dance a ½ figure of 8 around 2nd couple starting by crossing down between 2nd couple and ending in partner's place;

  5-8   SET AND INTO LINE OF 4: 1st and 2nd couples set (nearer hands joined on side) and dance into a line of 4 across the dance: men cast to ends of line AS women dance into the centre and pull right shoulder back to end back-to-back facing opposite man;

  9-16 REEL OF 4: 1st and 2nd couple dance a reel of 4 across the dance (on last two bars women dance straight across the set AS men dance a little farther to their right - Traditional Wedding Reel) into;

17-24 CIRCLE AND BACK: 2nd and 1st couple dance four hands round and back (The "Wedding Ring");

25-32 SET AND TULLOCH TURN: 1st couple set and spring points, and then turn each other 1½ times with Tulloch hold (The Celebration).

REPEAT from 2nd place.

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


Dance Information

Also see the dance Wedding Ring (Laidlaw) by Ruary Laidlaw and others.

This dance was composed for the wedding between Krissy Keech and Fraser Keppie on the 1st July, 2005. The reel of 4 follows the tradition of the wedding reel, the circle represents the wedding ring, and the set, spring points and Tulloch Turn are the celebration.
The wedding ring is of special significance as Fraser's ring slipped off his finger the day after the wedding while tubing down the Gaspereau River - a week later, it was found by a couple of boys with a metal detector and found its way back to Fraser.



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