Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Frances's Goat Track

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FRANCES'S GOAT TRACK (R4x32) 4C set Gaye Collin, 2016

1-4 1L+2L dance diagonally across the set pass partner RSh 1L dances ½ Fig of 8 round 2M+3M while 2L dances ½ Fig of 8 round 3M+4M
5-8 3L+4L step up twice while 1L+2L dance round 3M+4M then cross set to 3rd and 4th places on own side
9-16 1M+2M repeat bars 1-8 passing 4L+1L RSh (3M+4M step up twice)
17-24 3s+4s+1s+2s Adv&Ret, turn partner RH
25-32 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 down round 2s, cross RH and cast to bottom (2s step up bars 31-32). 3421

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


Frances's Goat Track
Gaye Collin  
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1L 2L cross down to finish facing out below partner;

  3-4   1L 2L cast into half figures of 8 on the side, finishing facing out;

  5-6   1L 2L cast up one place WHILE 3L4L step up one place;

  7-8   1L 2L cross to own sides WHILE 3L4L step up one place, finishing 3L4L1L2L;

  9-16 Mn repeat bars 1-8, finishing 3s4s1s2s on own sides;

17-20 all advance and retire;

21-24 all turn partner by the right;

25-28 1s cross down into half figures of 8 across;

29-32 1s cross and cast to 4th place on own sides, finishing 3s4s2s1s.

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


Dance Notes

  3-6   1L 2L phrase these ¾ figures of 8 on the side evenly.

21-24 Cover in the turns.

31-32 2s step up to 3rd place.


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Dance Information

This dance, Frances's Goat Track, was thought about in Italy. We had hired a rental car and named our GPS navigator system Frances as we were heading from Rome to Assisi. As we neared Assisi, Frances managed to take us the long way round on many occasions often up goat tracks when there was a perfectly sensible main road, to get to our point of interest.

We loved the adventure even though we were subjected to some very hairy, bumpy, scenic back roads in Assisi and adjoining country side.

Frances transported Damon, Kerry, Margarita, (Lesley) and myself to some amazing spots, restaurants, markets, gondola's and castles. A holiday in Italy not to be forgotten.

The Assisi part of our holiday was in May 2016; the dance was devised in June/July 2016.

The recommended tune is Time to Meet on the CD, Reel On, by Jim Lindsay and Muriel Johnstone.

Dance Information by the deviser, Gaye Collin.



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