Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Catch The Wind

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

CATCH THE WIND (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Romaine Butterfield RSCDS Book 45

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 1s set twice with 1L pulling back RSh on bars 11-12 to face out, 1L followed by partner casts up and dances down the middle 1L to face 3M while 1M faces 2M
17-24 1s RSh reels of 3 across (1M with 2s and 1L with 3s)
25-32 1L followed by partner dances down cast up round 3M and crosses to end in 2nd place on own sides, 1s turn RH (4 bars)

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Catch the Wind
Romaine Butterfield Island Bay Collection and RSCDS Book 45
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s set and cast;

  5-8   1s cross up into half figures of 8 around 2s;

  9-10 1s set;

11-12 1s set, 1L turning on the spot to finish facing out;

13-16 1L followed by 1M chase clockwise around 2M, finishing on the centre line, 1M between 2s, 1L between 3s;

17-24 giving right shoulder to the Mn, 1M with 2s, 1L with 3s, dance parallel reels of 3 across, finishing facing down on the centre line, 1M between 2s, 1L between 3s;

25-28 1L followed by 1M chase clockwise around 3M, finishing in 2nd place on own sides;

29-32 1s turn by the right, finishing 2s1s3s.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

29-32 A sedate turn.

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Dance Information

Also see the dance Caught By The Wind by Iain Boyd.

This Scottish Country Dance was devised in 1983 by Romaine Butterfield from the New Zealand branch of the RSCDS, for Noeline O'Connor and Iain Boyd (the deviser of Caught by the Wind).

Catch The Wind
Catch The Wind

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