Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Gypsy Thread

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Gypsy Thread
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   All join hands on the sides, 4s join free hands, 1M2M make an arch and, with 1L leading, all (including 1M) dance under the arch to finish in places, retaining hold;

  9-16 1L2L make an arch and, with 1M leading, all (including 1L) dance under the arch to finish in places;

17-20 all dos-à-dos with partners;

21-24 all turn partners by the right;

25-32 1s, in birl hold, turn by the right ad lib, moving down to finish in 4th place.

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

Dance Notes

The dance is easily adapted for 5 couples (more boisterous but perceived as more fun at a ceilidh) or for 3 couples (much more sedate but desirable if numbers dictate).

  1-32 The first 16 bars of this dance are almost identical to those of The Gypsy Shawl though which is the original and which the derivative is not clear.

  8-8   1M2M dance under own arms.

16-16 1L2L dance under own arms.

25-32 For birl hold, take right hand elbow grip and a firm left hand grip above right forearms.

31-32 2s3s4s take hands on the sides and step up, finishing, except in the last repeat, by retaining hold ready for bar 1 of the next repeat.

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