Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Foot It Out

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Foot It Out
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 12: Corrie Dances
4x32 bar Strathspey
4-couple dance in 4-couple longways set

  1-8   INTERLOCKING REELS OF 3 ON SIDE AND SET: reel of 3 on the side: on Bar 1 passing right shoulder: 1st woman with 2nd woman, 1st man with 2nd man, 3rd woman with 4th woman, 3rd man with 4th man; on Bars 2-3 1st woman and 4th woman (and 1st man and 4th man) turn once round with left hands; on Bar 4 pass right shoulder on the side; on Bars 5-6 2nd woman and 3rd woman (and 2nd man and 3rd woman) turn once round with left hands AS 1st woman, 1st man, 4th woman and 4th man loop around to end in two lines of 4 across the dance (1st woman facing 2nd woman, 1st man facing 2nd man, 4th woman facing 3rd woman, 4th man facing 3rd man), and on Bars 7-8 Set;

  9-16 REEL OF 4 ACROSS THE DANCE: dance a reel of 4 across the dance starting passing right shoulders; on Bars 15-16 people who started the reel back-to-back dance straight across to own side AS people who started the reel at the ends loop to the right to end in progressed place (order is now 2nd couple, 1st couple, 4th couple, 3rd couple, 1st and 4th men end facing out);

17-20 LEFT HAND WHEEL: 1st and 4th couples dance four hands across with left hands once around, ending back-to-back with the other couple nearer hands joined with partner;

21-24 DANCE AWAY INTO SKYE HOLD AND BACK: 1st and 4th couples dance up and down, respectively, retaining nearer hands turn into Skye Hold facing towards center (dance into partner's place, man dancing beyond partner, 1st woman pulls left shoulder back and 4th woman pulls right shoulder back: end with 1st man's right arm around partner's back at waist level where it is joined with 1st woman's left hand her arm passing in front of her, 4th man ends with his left arm around partner's back at waist level where it is joined with 4th woman's right hand her arm passing in front of her), and dance towards the center;

25-32 RHINNS: dance forward-hop-backward-hop diagonally to right (as in the first bar of the Glasgow Highlanders setting step: step forward on right foot and hop bringing left foot into 3rd rear aerial position, step back on left foot and hop bringing right foot into 3rd aerial position)(1 bar), dance one strathspey travelling step diagonally to the right ending 1st man and 2nd woman side by side in middle (1 bar), repeat bars 25-26 with the opposite feet ending in opposite couple's place and back-to-back with them, unwind (women swivel) turning halfway with partner to end on own side, and set to partner (ending order: 2nd, 4th, 1st, 3rd).

Repeat 3 more times.

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

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