Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Merrick Rant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Merrick Rant (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 2004

1-4 Taking nearer hands, the 1st couple dance down the middle, divide below the 3rd couple and cast up into second place own sides; the 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4
5-8 The 1st couple turn their first corners once round by the right hand to end back to back in the middle facing opposite sides in double triangles formation
9-16 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance crown triangles, all four sides, ending with the 1st man facing up and 1st woman facing down
17-20 Giving right shoulders to second corners to begin, the 1st man dances half a reel of three across the dance with the 2nd couple while the 1st woman dances half a reel of three across the dance with the 3rd couple
21-24 The 2nd and 3rd couples continue to reel across while, giving right shoulders to first corners who are now on opposite sides, the 1st couple change reels, the 1st man dances half a reel of three across the dance with the 3rd couple while the 1st woman dances half a reel of three across the dance with the 2nd couple, the 1st couple end in second place own sides facing in
25-32 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on own sides, the 1st man dancing in and up and the 1st woman dancing in and down to begin
33-40 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands round and back

Repeat having passed a couple

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


Dance Information

This dance, The Merrick Rant, was devised by Lewis Derrick for Christine Merrick, on being elected chair of Dunedin Dancers.

Suggested tune: The Kemptown Ladies.

Devised and circulated informally 2004, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 2004, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #10, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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