Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Mixter-Maxter Medley

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Mixter-Maxter Medley (S4x32) 4D set Lewis N Derrick 1993
This is a longwise dance for five single dancers in any gender combination.

1-4 The 1st and 2nd dancers set and cross over giving left hands, retaining hands at the end
5-8 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd dancers dance left hands across
9-12 The 1st and 3rd dancers set and cross over giving right hands, retaining hands at the end
13-16 The 2nd, 3rd and 1st dancers dance right hands across, all clap

17-20 The 1st and 4th dancers set and cross over giving left hands
21-24 The 1st and 5th dancers set and cross over giving right hands
25-32 Passing right shoulders to begin, 3rd and 4th and 5th and 1st dancers dance a reel of four diagonally between second and fifth places ending 23451

Repeat four more times from new positions each time

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

Dance Notes

At the beginning and end of each repetition there are three dancers on the women's side of the set (first, third and fifth places) and two dancers on the men's side (second and fourth places) spaced, but not too widely, as if they each had a partner opposite them.

On each repetition the 1st dancer ends in fifth place while everyone else zig-zags up the dance one place, 5 becomes 4, 4 becomes 3, 3 becomes 2 and 2 becomes 1.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)

Dance Information

Mixter-Maxter is a Scottish expression meaning a confused jumble!

Suggested tune: Chrissie Forsyth (Rob Gordon)/Glengarry March.

Devised 1993, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 1993, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.

Dance information from The Quinary Suite Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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