Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wild Geese

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE WILD GEESE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8 1s+3s set advancing and Balance-in-Line, turn partners RH and 1s cast to 3rd place while 3s lead up to 1st place
9-16 3s+1s set advancing and Balance-in-Line, turn partners RH and 3s cast to 3rd place while 1s lead up to 1st place
17-24 1s lead down and back to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L. 213

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


The Wild Geese
Anon   RSCDS Book 24
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s 3s set advancing;

  3-4   1M1L3M3L balance in line in the centre of the set;

  5-8   1s turn by the right halfway and cast to 3rd place WHILE 3s turn by the right ¾ and lead up to the top;

  9-16 3s 1s repeat from new places, finishing in original places;

17-20 1s lead down;

21-24 2s step up WHILE 1s lead up to finish in 2nd place;

25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


The Wild Geese Tamed
Reuben Freemantle   adapted from RSCDS Book 24
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s 3s set advancing;

  3-4   1M1L3M3L balance in line in the centre of the set;

  5-8   1s turn by the right ¾ and lead down to 3rd place WHILE 3s turn by the right halfway and cast up to the top;

  9-16 3s 1s repeat from new places, finishing in original places;

17-20 taking nearer hands, 1s lead down;

21-22 2s step up WHILE 1s release hold, finishing facing out on own sides;

23-24 1s cast up on own sides to finish in 2nd place;

25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

The Wild Geese original has awkward transitions between figures: bars 8-9 for the 3s and bars 16-17 and bars 24-25 for the 1s. Two of these are eliminated in this version which is intended for those dancers who rate Flow of the Dance far more highly than historical rigour.

    -8   1s still have this awkward transition but, to avoid falling behind the music, can cheat slightly by retaining the right hand hold ready for the set advancing.

    -16 3s can encroach on the next bar to finish neatly; 1s naturally finish facing in, ready to lead down.

21-22 1s cast below dancers in a lower set if need be.

    -24 1s arrive in 2nd place, facing in, ready for rights and lefts.


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