Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

My Spouse Nancy

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

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 with corners set and dance reels of 3 on sides giving RSh to 1st corners, 1s pass LSh to end facing own sides
25-32 1s repeat above Fig with own sides

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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,
Nancie, Nancie;
Is it man or woman, say,
My spouse Nancie?

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