Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

As Bees Flee Hame

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

As Bees Flee Hame
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
3/6x32 bar Jig
3-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   REEL OF 3: 1st couple and 2nd woman dance a diagonal reel of 3, starting with 1st woman cutting the reel by passing her partner by the RIGHT shoulder AS 2nd woman starts dancing up;

  9-16 TANDEM REEL OF 3: 1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of 3 across the set starting with 1st man passing partner by the LEFT shoulder: 1st and 2nd women, staying close to one another, dance in tandem with 1st woman in the lead throughout the reel (end with 1st couple joining nearer hands and starting down the middle);

17-24 TEAPOTS (1ST COUPLE CROSSING OVER): 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance 3-hands across on the side (1st couple passing into wheel on opposite side at end of bar 20 and end in middle nearer hands joined facing down on opposite sides);

25-32 1ST DOWN MIDDLE, TURN UNDER, RETURN AND CAST; 1st couple dance down nearer hands joined (2 bars), make an arch for 1st woman to dance under AS her partner dances below her to change sides (2 bars); dance up between 3rd couple and cast around them to bottom place (3rd couple step up on bars 31-32).

Repeat twice for 3 x 32 bar Jig.
IF 6 x 32 bar Jig, Repeat dance but for 4th, 5th and 6th repeats:
In Bars 1-8 1st man cuts the reel with LEFT shoulder, and
In Bars 9-16 1st woman cuts the reel with RIGHT shoulder AS 1st and 2nd men dance in tandem.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Information

The title of this dance, As Bees Flee Hame, comes from the Tam O' Shanter - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1790, while living in Dumfries, Scotland.

As bees flee hame wi' lades o' treasure,
The minutes wing'd their way wi' pleasure;

Tam O' Shanter Poem - Information Video

As bees flee hame wi' lades o' treasure
As Bees Flee Hame

Image copyright Pierre Dalous (Own work) Creative Commons Licence 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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