Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Sixty-Six

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Sixty-Six
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 1: The Sixpenny Reel
Strathspey   n x 32 bars   2 Threesome Repeat   2 Threesome Set   Progressive Round the Room Set
Line of 3 facing line of 3 as in The Dashing White Sergeant.

  1-4   SET AND CIRCLE: nearer hands joined, set (2 bars) and circle to the left (2 bars) ending ΒΌ way round with the lines oriented across the set;

  5-8   BACK-TO-BACK: dance back-to-back with the opposite person;

  9-16 SET, CIRCLE AND BACK-TO-BACK: repeat bars 1-8;

17-24 CORNERS SET AND WHEEL AS CENTRES CAST, SET AND CROSS: corners set advancing diagonally, dance right hands across once round pulling into centre on bar 22, turn right shoulder back to dance back out to position at Bar 16,
MEANWHILE centres cast clockwise halfway around the set to the opposite side (bars 17-20), set and cross over with right hands and end facing out and to the right;

25-32 REEL OF 3: reel of 3 with partners starting by passing partner on the right (original left hand partner) by the right shoulder (corners dance loops on the ends of the reels finishing facing next line of 3).

Repeat with next line of 3.

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

Dance Notes

As with all dances having this format, the number of repeats is not fixed.
The three partners are not specifically men or women.

(Dance Notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Additional search terms: The 66.

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