Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Mistress Dean's Rant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Mistress Dean's Rant (S4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick 1994

1-4 With hands joined on the sides, all set twice
5-8 Crossing down to begin, the 1st couple dance half a figure of eight around the 2nd couple to end on opposite sides in the middle of the set facing down while, crossing up to begin, the 4th couple dance half a figure of eight around the 3rd couple to end on opposite sides in the middle of the set facing up
9-12 Dancing up and down the set to begin, the 1st and 4th couples dance half rights and lefts ending on own sidelines, the 4th couple in first place facing down, the 1st couple in fourth place facing up
13-16 Dancing up and down the set to begin, the 4th and 2nd couples and the 3rd and 1st couples dance half rights and lefts, retaining left hands at the end
17-20 The 2nd and 4th couples, likewise the 1st and 3rd couples, dance left hands across once round dancing out to end on opposite sidelines in the order 2413
21-24 With hands joined on sidelines, all set once and cross over giving right hands to partners
25-32 All dance eight hands round and back

Repeat three more times from new positions each time

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


Dance Notes

On bar 12 the 2nd couple turn to face up on the sides, while the 3rd couple turn to face down ready for the rights and lefts.

Dance Information

This dance, Mistress Dean's Rant, was devised by Lewis Derrick for Marion Dean.

Suggested tune: Maid of Islay.

Devised 1994, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 1994, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #18, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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