Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Men's Chain Halfway

In Scottish Country Dancing, the Men's chain halfway Figure (sometimes called the Half men's chain) is much rarer than the closely similar Ladies chain halfway; compared to the Ladies' chain halfway, the Men's and Ladies' movements are interchanged, as also are left and right for Casting, Crossing and Turning.

As with the Ladies' chain halfway, the Men's chain halfway is for two adjacent Couples (who are not necessarily Partners) on Opposite sides of either a 4-Couple Square set or the Corners' square of a Longwise set; the "Couples" Start Facing each other with each Lady on the right of a Man, just as they would at the beginning of a Ladies' chain.

The Figure takes 4 bars and is exactly half of the full Men's chain. On the first 2 bars, the Men Cross By the left, each Finishing Facing Outwards in the Opposite Ladies' Position While each Lady Casts clockwise to Face Inwards in the adjacent Man's Position. On the next 2 bars, the dancers Turn halfway By the right on the Sides, the Ladies Finishing back in their Starting Positions, the Men on Opposite Sides, all Facing Inwards unless the next Figure requires otherwise.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Men's chain halfway, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Autumn In Appin
Mairrit Man's Favourite
Marjory's Strathspey
Peter's Pride
Pool Of Connla
Queen's Quadrille

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