Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

No Mean Feet

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

NO MEAN FEET (M-8x(S16+R16)) 3C (4C set) Terry Glasspool 7 Year Itch

1- 8 1s+2s set, dance in and cast (1s follow 2s), 2s meet below 3s and dance to top facing out while 1s end in middle in 2nd place facing up
9-16 1M dances LH across with 2M+3M as 1L dances RH across on Ladies' side (3 steps), 2s and 3s continuing to wheel 1s changing sides (3 steps), 1s dance up to 1st place opposite side while 2s+3s change places on sides. (1)32

17-24 All clap as 1s cross RH, cast and dance RH across, 1L with 3s (at top) and 1M with 2s
25-32 1M followed by 2s and 1L followed by 3s, pass LSh to change ends, loop round and dance LH across 1s end in 2nd places. 213

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

Dance Information

The title of this dance is a word play on the phrase "no mean feat", which is a common English idiom used to express that an accomplishment or task is not easy and requires significant effort, skill, or courage.

For example, climbing Mount Everest is no mean feat.

The Five "Positions Of Dancing" From Thomas Wilson's Analysis Of Country Dancing, c. 1811

Image copyright T. Wilson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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