Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Yan Tan Tethera

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

YAN TAN TETHERA (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, 1L dances a ½ Fig of 8 round 2s while 1M dances ½ Fig of 8 round 3s
9-24 1s dance Corner Chain with 1st and 2nd corners:-
' 1s change places RH with 1st corners, 1st corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s who turn LH in centre to face 2nd corners
' 1s change places RH with 2nd corners, 2nd corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s and 1s end turning LH ¾ to face 1st corner
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 1st corners and cross to 2nd place own sides

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Yan Tan Tethera is a rhyme used by shepherds to count sheep in many parts of England and in southern Scotland.

Until the Industrial Revolution, the use of traditional number systems was common among shepherds, especially in the dales of the Lake District. The Yan Tan Tethera system was also used for counting stitches in knitting.

Though most of these number systems fell out of use by 1910, many are still in use and the word yan continues to mean "one" in some northern English dialects.

Here is 1 to 20 as used in Swaledale

1    Yan
2    Tan
3    Tether
4    Mether
5    Pip
6    Azer
7    Sezar
8    Akker
9    Conter
10   Dick
11   Yanadick
12   Tanadick
13   Tetheradick
14   Metheradick
15   Bumfit
16   Yanabum
17   Tanabum
18   Tetherabum
19   Metherabum
20   Jigget

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Yan Tan Tether Mether Pip

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