Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lades O' Treasure

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Lades O' Treasure
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
5x32 bar Jig
5-couple dance in 5-couple longways set

  1-8   1ST CROSS, CAST AND TURN: 1st couple cross over passing right hands, cast off two places (2nd and 3rd couples step up), and turn with left hands to end in the middle of the set (1st woman facing down and 1st man facing up with right hands extended ready for);

  9-16 TEAPOTS WITH DOUBLE CORNERS: right hands across with 1st double corners (1st man with 4th and 5th women, 1st woman with 1st and 2nd men), pass each other by the right shoulder in the middle, then dance right hands across with 2nd double corners (1st man with 2nd and 3rd women, 1st woman with 4th and 5th men);

17-24 TANDEM REELS OF 3: 1st couple dance reels of 3 on opposite sides of the dance with double corners, starting by passing 1st double corners by the left shoulder, and end facing each other in 3rd place on opposite sides (corners dance reels of 3 in tandem switching the lead at each end of the reel);

25-32 1ST CROSS, CAST UP, DANCE MIDDLE TO BOTTOM: 1st couple cross with right hands, cast up to the top, and joining nearer hands dance down the middle to the bottom (4th and 5th couples step up on Bars 29-30).

Repeat 4 times.

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

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Lades O' Treasure, comes from the Tam O' Shanter - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1790, while living in Dumfries, Scotland.

"As bees flee hame wi' lades o' treasure,
The minutes wing'd their way wi' pleasure;"

As Bees Flee Hame Wi' Lades O' Treasure Image
As Bees Flee Hame Wi' Lades O' Treasure

Image Copyright (cropped) Oliver Dixon under this Creative Commons Licence.

Back to the top of this Scottish Country Dancing Instructions 'Lades O' Treasure' page