Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

My Spouse Nancy

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MY SPOUSE NANCY (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Jim Taylor RSCDS Leaflet Dances 22

1- 8 1s set, cast to 2nd place and turn RH 1½ times to end in centre Man facing down Lady up
9-16 1s dance LH across with 2s/3s, pass LSh and dance RH across on own sides, 1s pass RSh to end in centre facing out on opposite sides
17-24 1s join hands with corners and set, dance reels of 3 on sides giving RSh to 1st corners, 1s pass LSh to end facing own sides
25-32 1s repeat 17-24 on own sides

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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Dance Information

The title of this dance, My Spouse Nancy, comes from the My Spouse Nancy - Song written by Robert Burns in 1793.

Husband, husband, cease your strife,
Nor longer idly rave, sir;
Though I am your wedded wife,
Yet I'm not your slave, sir.
One of two must still obey,
Nancy, Nancy;
Is it man or woman, say,
My spouse Nancy?

My Spouse Nancy Song - Information Video

My Spouse Nancy Song Image
My Spouse Nancy Song - From The Illustrated Book Of Scottish Songs From The Sixteenth To The Nineteenth Century, c. 1854



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