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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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It is tempting to assume that Jim Taylor, the deviser, chose the title of this dance 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?

However, Colin Lamb, who knew him well in his dancing heyday, believes that the dance was simply named after Jim's wife, Nancy.

My Spouse Nancy Song - Information Video

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

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