Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Donald's Midden

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Donald's Midden
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 2: Six And Half A Dozen
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1ST COUPLE PETRONELLA: 1st couple petronella into centre and set;

  5-8   1ST COUPLE TURN AND CAST UP: 1st couple turn ¾ around with both hands opening to face down, then cast up to 1st place on opposite sides;

  9-12 SET AND LINK: 1st and 2nd couples with nearer hands joined on the side, set and link;

13-16 ½ MEN'S CHAIN: 1st and 2nd couples dance a half men's chain (start with men crossing over giving left hands and turning partner once around: end in promenade hold with partner, 1st couple facing down and 2nd couple facing up in a line of 4 across the middle of the set - men are left shoulder to left shoulder);

17-20 ½ PROMENADE: 1st and 2nd couples promenade halfway round each other to end on the side, 1st couple on women's side, 2nd couple on men's side;

21-24 ½ LADIES' CHAIN: 1st and 2nd couples dance ½ ladies' chain, end 1st man facing out:

25-26 1ST COUPLE JOIN: 1st lady dances across to the left-hand side of her partner, AS 1st man casts around a small loop to his right, ending with 1st couple facing out and up with nearer hands joined:

27-32 CAST UP AND DANCE TO 2ND PLACE: 1st couple cast up around 2nd woman and dance down between 2nd couple to 2nd place on own side.

Repeat having passed a couple.

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

Dance Notes

As with all dances having the format, 2-Couple Repeat in a 4-Couple Set, if dancer numbers so dictate it can be performed in a 3-Couple or 5-Couple Set and with the number of repeats adjusted appropriately.

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