Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Win Thompson's Chase

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

WIN THOMPSON'S CHASE (R4x40) Sq.Set Ruary Laidlaw Dancing Feet
Square set - All face partner for bow/curtsey and remain facing

1- 8 Men pass partners LSh, chase round outside of set back to place
9-16 Ladies repeat bars 1-8 passing partners RSh
17-24 Men dance RH across, LH across back to place
25-32 Ladies repeat bars 17-24
33-40 1s lead across between 3s, cast away from each other round outside of set, back to place. All couples face partners ready for repeat
Bars 33-40 2nd time 2s lead through 4s, 3rd time 3s lead through 1s, 4th time 4s lead through 2s

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


Win Thompson's Chase
A 4 x 40 bar Reel for 4 couples in a square set, men/1s with their partners on their right. At the beginning all 4 couples face their partners for the bow and curtsey. After the bow and curtsey they stay facing each other.

Chase
1 - 8 All 4 men pass their partners by the left shoulder and chase each other round the outside of the square for eight steps and finish back in their original places facing in to the centre of the square.
9-16 All 4 ladies pass their partners by the right shoulder and chase each other round the outside of the square for eight steps and finish back in their original places facing in to the centre of the square.

Wheel
17-24 All 4 men dance into the middle of the square to give right hands into a wheel for four steps round and back with the left hand for four steps to finish in original place facing in.
25-32 All 4 ladies dance into the middle of the square to give right hands into a wheel round for four steps and back with the left hand for four steps to finish in original place facing in.

Lead Through and Cast Away
33-40 The first couple, with their backs to the music, take right hands and lead across the set, between the third couple (the couple directly opposite them) drop right hands and cast away from each other and dance round the outside of the set back to original places, and face each other.
The other couples all face each other as well ready to start again from the same position.

On bars 33-40 of the second time through the second couple lead between the fourth couple and cast back home; of the third time through third couple lead between the first couple and cast back home and of the fourth time through the fourth couple lead between the second couple and cast back home.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Ruary Laidlaw, 2002)



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