Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


A Tandem is not actually a Figure in its own right. It is used to indicate that one dancer should follow closely behind another in a Figure, the pair behaving as a single dancer would in the normal form of the Figure, as for example in bars 17-24 of Lady Sophia Lindsay where 2nd Man follows his Partner closely so as to Dance a Reel of three on the Men's Side with 1st Man and 4th Lady and similarly the 3rd Couple Dance as one person in the Reel on the Ladies' Side.

Further complexity may be added by changing the Lead as the Figure proceeds; for example, in bars 9-24 of the Scottish Dance Pelorus Jack there are four successive Tandem half Diagonal reels of three in which the lead (by 1st Man or 1st Lady) alternates as they pass each Corner.

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