Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gypsy Rover

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Gypsy Rover
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 2: Six And Half A Dozen
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   1ST COUPLE SOLO: 1st couple set, cast off one place (2nd couple step up), and turn left hands 1½ times to finish facing 1st corners;

  9-16 HALF REELS OF 4: 1st couple dance a ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners, 1st couple pass each other right shoulder in the middle, and dance a ½ reel of 4 with 2nd corners (1st couple pass each other right shoulder to own side in 2nd place);

17-24 SET AND BACK-TO-BACK: 3rd, 1st, and 2nd couples set twice (or set and spring points) and dance back-to-back with partner;

25-32 DIAGONAL RIGHTS AND LEFTS for 3rd, 1st, and 2nd couples.

Repeat having passed a couple.

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

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