Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Forty And Counting

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Forty And Counting
40 Bar Reel For 3 Couples In A 4 Couple Set, Devised By Malcolm Brown.

1 - 4 1st couple set, cast off one place, (2nd couple step up on 3 and 4),
5 - 8 1st couple giving left hand turn one and a quarter times to face first corner
9 - 16 1st couple dance a chain progression for three couples with first corners
[2] 1st couple giving right hand to first corners change places while second corners dance one place clockwise
[4] first corners giving left hands turn one and a half times while 1st couple with second corners promenade halfway round (second corners on the outside)
[2] second corners dance on one place to finish in original places while 1st couple giving right hands to first corners change places and finish facing partner's second corner
17 - 24 1st couple set to corners and partner (Hello-Goodbye setting) - finish back to back facing second corners
25 - 32 1st couple dance a chain progression for three couples with second corners
[2] 1st couple giving right hand change places with second corners while first corners dance one place clockwise
[4] second corners giving left hand turn one and a half times while 1st couple with first corners promenade halfway round (first corners on outside)
[2] first corners dance on one place while 1st couple giving right hand change places with second corners and finish facing 1st corner position
33 - 40 [4] 1st couple dance half a reel of four with first corners, pass by the right to face second corner position
[4] 1st couple dance half a reel of four with second corners, and pass by the right to finish in second place on own side
Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Malcolm Brown)


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Dance Instruction Videos

Forty And Counting - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Tune: Wing Commander Donald Mackenzie's Reel.
The chain progression for three couples was originally devised by Tim Wilson, where he referred to it as a promenade (or chaperoned) chain progression.

Dance Information by the deviser, Malcolm Brown.

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