Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Chase Halfway

In this version of Chase, taking 4 bars, the dancers must Finish opposite the Place in which they started, Diagonally opposite if they started from a Corner.

The diagram shows the clockwise version of Chase halfway in a 3 Couple Longwise, Active set, as in bars 29-32 of the Scottish Country Dance Eileen Watt's Strathspey.

Diagram, Chase Halfway

Chase Halfway

Chase halfway clockwise in a 3-couple, Longwise set with 1st couple Starting in 2nd place, all on Opposite sides. 3rd man's path is shown as a full line, 2nd lady's as a broken line; the arrow heads show their Finishing Positions. The final Turns to Finish Facing Partners are not shown.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Chase halfway, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Caernangle Reel
Chester Reel Of Gold
Coats Land
Dancing In The Street
Ferry Boats On The Mersey
Glenburnie Rant
Lawson's Lady
Osgood MacKenzie Of Inverewe

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