Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Like To Fa'

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Like to Fa'
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 1: Tenth Anniversary Book
4x32 bar Strathspey
4-couple dance in 4-couple longways set

  1-4   SET TWICE USING OLD STEP: with nearer hands joined on the side, all set twice as follows: (Bar 1)swing right foot out to side and step onto right foot in 5th position (in front), step onto left foot in 2nd position, step onto right foot in 5th position, hop on right foot swinging left leg out to side and around to (Bar 2) step onto left foot in 5th position, step onto right foot in 2nd position, step onto left foot in 5th position, hop on left foot swinging right foot out to the side and around, and repeat bars 1 and 2;

  5-8   WOMEN CHASE: 1st woman leads a chase followed by the other women across the top of the set and down behind the men who pull left shoulder back and join women in promenade hold facing down (4th man with 1st woman, 3rd man with 2nd woman, 2nd man with 3rd woman, and 1st man with 4th woman);

  9-16 PROMENADE: promenade up the middle, divide and all cast off (1st woman and 4th man ending in the bottom place);

17-32 REPEAT BARS 1-16 but on bars 21-24 men chase clockwise behind women who pull right shoulder back to join for the promenade and on bars 29-32 only 1st couple casts off to the bottom AS 2nd, 3rd, and 4th couples turn once around with right hands to end on own side one place up (4 bars): order is now 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 1st.

Repeat 3 times.

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

Dance Information

Tullochgorum by John Skinner
Let Whig and Tory all agree To spend the night wi' mirth and glee...For blithe and cheerie we'll be a' As lang as we hae breath to draw, And dance till we be like to fa', The Reel of Tullochgorum

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