Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

It's In The Bag

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

It's In The Bag (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1987
1-4 The 1st couple turn by the right hand and cast off one place on their own sides; the 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4
5-8 The 1st couple turn by the left hand and cast one place on their own sides, woman up and man down
9-16 The 1st couple dance the full figure of a ladies' chain with their first corners. To begin, the corners cross over giving right hands while the 1st couple dance across the set into their first-corner positions ready to turn their partner's first corner by the left hand; the 1st couple end in centre facing their own sides, 1st woman between the 2nd couple and 1st man between the 3rd couple
17-24 The 1st couple dance the full figure of a men's chain with their second corners. To begin, the corners cross over giving left hands while the 1st couple dance across the set into their partner's second-corner positions ready to turn their own second corners by the right hand; the 1st couple end facing their first corners again
25-30 Giving left shoulder to first corner to begin, the 1st woman with the 2nd couple, likewise the 1st man with the 3rd couple, dances a six-bar reel of three across; the 1st couple end on own sides in second place man facing up woman facing down
31-32 The 1st and 2nd men, likewise the 1st and 3rd women, turn once round by the left hand on sidelines

Repeat having passed a couple

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


Dance Information

This dance, It's In The Bag, was devised for Kay Robb.

Suggested tune: Good Humour.

Devised January 1987; first published 1988; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1987, 1988, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 3, Peggy Mcghie's Reel And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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