Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

As The Moon Turns

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

As the Moon Turns
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 11: Three Dozen
7x32 bar Reel (or 5x32)
7 or 5-couple dance in a 7 or 5-couple longways set

  1-8   ACTIVE COUPLES CROSS AND CAST TWICE: 1st, 3rd and 5th couples cross with right hands, cast off one place (2nd, 4th and 6th couples step up), cross with left hands and cast to the left around their partner's 2nd corner, pass partner by the left shoulder to end facing 2nd corners;

  9-16 TURN 2ND CORNER, PARTNER, 1ST CORNER, PARTNER: active couples (1st, 3rd, and 5th) turn 2nd corners by the right, then partner by the left, 1st corner by the right and partner by the left ending in the middle back-to-back facing own side;

17-24 DOUBLE TRIANGLES: dance full double triangles ending with active couples (1st, 3rd and 5th) back-to-back in the middle facing own side;

25-28 CAST DOWN: active couples dance out the side of the set, cast down one place and begin to dance up the middle nearer hands joined with partner;

29-32 ¾ TURN SIDE PERSON AND SET: active couples turn person on the side ¾ around with the appropriate hand (men by the left, women by the right), and then all set nearer hands joined on the side.

REPEAT 6 TIMES (or 7 times if using recorded music)

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

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