Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Sich A Caper

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Sich A Caper
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
4x32 bar jig
4-couple dance in longways set

  1-8   CROSSOVER MIRROR REEL OF 3: 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance a reel of 3 on the side, 1st couple crossing through 2nd place on opposite side to start;

  9-16 CROSSOVER TANDEM REEL OF 3: 1st couple cross back through 2nd place on own side to dance a reel of three on the side, 3rd and 4th women, and 3rd and 4th men in tandem switching lead at each end of the reel (at the end 1st couple dance down middle finishing back-to-back opposite 2nd place AS 2nd couple dance up to top place);

17-24 DOUBLE TRIANGLES ending with 1st couple facing own sides in the middle;

25-29 1ST COUPLE CAST UP AROUND 2ND'S, AND DOWN MIDDLE TO BOTTOM: 1st couple dance out own side, cast up, and dance down middle nearer hand joined to bottom place (3rd and 4th couples step up on bars 29-30);

31-32 ALL SET.

Repeat 3 times.

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

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Sich A Caper, comes from the Tam O' Shanter - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1790, while living in Dumfries, Scotland.

"Till first ae caper, syne anither,
Tam tint his reason a' thegither,"

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