Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Shake A Foot

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Shake a Foot
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 1: Tenth Anniversary Book
6x32 bar Strathspey
2-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   DOWN MIDDLE AND BACK: 1st couple followed by 2nd couple dance down the middle nearer hands joined, return with 2nd couple in the lead;

  9-16 HAND-IN-HAND REEL OF 3: 2nd couple divide and cast into a reel of 3 across the dance AS 1st couple retaining nearer hands enter the reel passing 2nd woman by the right (1st couple switch hands at each end of the reel, (1st couple end between 2nd couple in the middle and facing each other);


21-24 CAST AROUND 2ND COUPLE: 1st couple face up and cast around 2nd couple and up between them to end in the top place facing down nearer hands joined - 2nd couple step into the middle on Bar 24 to face up nearer hands joined;

25-32 DRUMLIN:
Bars 25-26: old setting step: (Bar 25)swing right foot out to side and step onto right foot in 5th position (in front), step onto left foot in 2nd position, step onto right foot in 5th position, hop on right foot swinging left leg out to side and around to (Bar 26) step onto left foot in 5th position, step onto right foot in 2nd position, step onto left foot in 5th position, hop on left foot swinging right foot out to the side and around;
Bars 27-28: circle left halfway to opposite sides - men retain nearer hands, women retain nearer hands and face partner;
Bars 29-30: old setting step as in bars 25-26;
Bars 31-32: cross over giving partner right hand in passing.

Repeat from 2nd place.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

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Maggie Lauder. I'll shake my foot wi' a right goodwill, Gif you'll blaw up your chanter

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