Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Phina's Fling

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Phina's Fling 8x40 bar Jig for 3 Couples Rod Downey They Stole My Wife From Me last Night Collection
A three couple 40 bar jig.

1-4 First couple cross with right hand and cast off one place, second couple stepping up on bars 3 and 4.
5-8 First couple cross left hand, and cast lady up and man down to finish lady between the second couples facing down and man between third facing up.
9-16 First couple turn as desired, but the last turn should be left hand so that the first lady finishes facing out towards the men's side, and first man toward the ladies side. (Turn of choice, would be elbow grip right hand turn for 4 bars and left hand for 4 bars. (Propelled Pivot turn in the manual.) Birling or Tulloch turn would also be acceptable, provide it was kept small.) Meanwhile: Second and third couple dance rights and lefts around the set. These should be dances with NO courtesy turns at the ends, and should be danced with the inside persons dancing along the lines, and the outside people outside of the set, so as to give room to the first couple. At the end the supporting couples should be ready to dance IN, (and the active couple ready to dance OUT).
17-24 First couple dance left shoulder reels of three on the sides, beginning by giving left shoulder to their second corners. First couple finish with the man between the threes facing the men's side, and the first lady between the second couple facing the woman's side, ready for...
25-32 First lady with the second couple, first man with the third couple dance left shoulder reels of three across the dance. Finish three and three across.
33-34 All set, giving hands.
35-38 First couple turn right hand one and three quarter times to finish in second place on own sides.
39-40 All set on sidelines giving hands.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)


Dance Notes

Note the two reels (17-32) should be danced in one continuous motion.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Rod Downey)


Dance Information

This dance, Phina's Fling, was devised in at Wellington, July, 2006 and revised in November 2007.

Phina is our youngest dancer, and is only 10. She was dancing Terry Glasspool's dance "The Silver Square" with Philippa.

Terry's dance calls for a birl type turn, and Phina finished "flung" by Philippa as a result, hence the name.

Recommended music is "The Golden Pheasant."



Dance information from They Stole My Wife From Me last Night Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.

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