Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Haste Ye Back

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HASTE YE BACK (R88) Sq.Set Roy Goldring 12 more Social Dances

1- 8 1s+3s circle 4H round to left, set to partners and dance out to places ending BtoB
9-16 All dance RSh reels of 3 with 2s and 4s (in prom hold) dancing to right
17-24 2s+4s dance RH across and LH back ending in place facing anticlockwise
25-32 2s and 4s chase anticlockwise (lady followed by partner) round to next couple and L dances round L as M dances round M to continue chase to opposite sides
33-40 2s+4s circle 4H round to right, set to partners and dance out to (new) places ending BtoB
41-48 All dance crescent RSh reels of 3 with 1s and 3s (in prom hold) dancing to right
49-56 1s and 3s repeat bars 17-24 i.e. dance RH across and LH back ending in place facing anticlockwise
57-64 1s and 3s repeat bars 25-32 i.e. chase anticlockwise round to next couple and L dances round L as M dances round M to continue chase to opposite sides
65-72 1L and 3L cross and pass opposite Man LSh to original place, 1M and 3M cross passing partner RSh to original place
73-80 2s and 4s repeat bars 65-72 i.e. Ladies cross passing opposite Man LSh to original places and Men cross passing partner RSh to original places
81-88 All turn partners RH and LH back to places (slow turns)

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


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Dance Information

A Scottish sign or greeting "Haste Ye Back" means "Come Back Soon".

Haste Ye Back was also the title of the Haste Ye Back - Song written by Robert Wilson (1907-1964) a tenor vocalist from Scotland.

Haste ye back, we loo you dearly
Call again, you're welcome here.
May your days be free from sorrow,
And your friends be ever near.

Robert Wilson was an early presenter of the weekly BBC TV Scottish variety show The White Heather Club, which ran from 1958-1968, and recorded with them.

The show featured Scottish songs and dancing and always ended with Andy Stewart and the cast singing, Haste Ye Back Song - Information Video.

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Haste Ye Back


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