The Robertson Rant
Scottish Country Dance InstructionTHE ROBERTSON RANT (S80) Sq.Set Mrs Douglas Winchester RSCDS Book 39
1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 All Ladies dance RH across ½ way and turn opposite Man LH, all Ladies dance ½ RH across and turn partner LH
17-24 1s+3s dance reel of 4 (Ladies start by passing LSh as Men set)
25-32 All set Highland Schottische to corners, turn 2H twice
33-40 2s+4s dance reel of 4 with Ladies starting by passing LSh
41-48 All set Highland Schottische to corners, turn 2H twice
49-56 All Ladies circle left to face partners (Ladies BtoB), set to and turn partners 2H
57-64 All Men circle right to face partners (Men BtoB), set to and turn partners 2H
65-72 All dance Grand Chain
73-80 All take allemande hold and dance anticlockwise once round set, bringing Ladies into centre for bow/curtsey
(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
The Robertson Rant
Mrs Douglas Winchester RSCDS Book 39
Strathspey 80 bars 4 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Square Set
1-8 All 8 hands round and back;
9-16 interlocking ladies' chains:
9-10 Ls right hands across halfway (WHILE Mn cast pulling left shoulder back to partners' places);
11-12 all turn opposite by the left;
13-14 Ls right hands across halfway (WHILE Mn continue to cast pulling left shoulder back);
15-16 all turn partners by the left;
17-24 1s3s reel of 4 (1L 3L pass left shoulder to start);
25-28 all set (Highland Schottische) to corners;
29-32 all turn corners with both hands twice;
33-48 repeat bars 17-32 (2s4s reeling);
49-52 Ls 4 hands round to the left;
53-56 all set to partners and turn both hands;
57-60 Mn 4 hands round to the right;
61-64 all set to partners and turn both hands;
65-72 all grand chain;
73-79 all take allemande hold and chase anticlockwise around the set, finishing facing in;
80-80 all unwind the allemande hold (as in bar 6 of allemande for 2 couples) so that Ls finish back to back in the centre facing out, Mn facing in but retain right hand hold.
(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
-10 Ls finish facing out in opposite M's place.
-14 Ls finish facing out in partner's place.
17-18 1M 3M start the reel by setting at the ends WHILE 1L3L advance and pass by the left.
25-28 Mn raise one arm in Highland Schottische setting (left arm while hopping on left foot, right with right) and place other hand on hip.
-52 Ls finish facing out to partners.
-56 Ls finish in places.
-60 Mn finish facing out to partners.
-64 All finish in places.
-80 Retain hold for the acknowledgement on the final chord; if part of a demo sequence, after acknowledging partners, turn ¾ by the right to finish in places.
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