Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Irene's Rant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Irene's Rant (S4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1975

1-4 Joining hands on the sides of the dance all set twice
5-6 The 1st couple cast off one place while the 4th couple cast up one place (own sides), the 2nd and 3rd couples stepping up and down respectively
7-8 The 1st and 4th couples dance four hands round to the left halfway to end on opposite sides in 3rd and 2nd places respectively
9-12 Retaining nearer hands with partners the 4th couple dance down under the arch formed by the 1st couple who dance up
13-16 The 1st and 4th couples turn in and dance back to places, the 1st couple dancing down under the arch formed by the 4th couple who dance up
17-20 With the 1st and 4th couples still on opposite sides, the 2nd and 4th couples, likewise the 1st and 3rd couples, dance right hands across
21-24 The 2nd and 4th couples, likewise the 1st and 3rd couples, dance left hands across
25-28 Joining hands on the sidelines all set twice
29-32 The 1st and 4th couples dance four hands round to the left halfway to end on own sides, then, giving both hands the 1st and 4th men, likewise the 1st and 4th women, change places on the sides, to end 2413

Repeat from new positions

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Notes

During bars 9-16, when couples are dancing up and down the centre and people from adjacent sets meet (as it is intended that they should do) couples travelling up the dance always form the arches.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, Irene's Rant, was devised for Irene Lodge of Paisley.

Suggested tune: Wae's Me for Prince Charlie.

Devised March 1975, revised (bars 29-32) December 1986; first published 1987; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1975, 1986, 1987, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 2, McGhie the Moudie Catcher and Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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