Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Targaid Danns

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Targaid Danns
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 2: Six And Half A Dozen
Reel   n x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   2 Couple Set   Progressive Round the Room Set
Couple facing couple.

  1-8   WOMEN BACK-TO-BACK AND TULLOCH TURN: Women dance back-to-back and turn each other twice around clockwise with the Tulloch turn (right hands on right elbows and turn placing right feet close together pushing off with the left foot);

  9-16 MEN REPEAT: Men dance back-to-back and turn each other twice around clockwise with the Tulloch turn and right arm;

17-24 TARGE: Women turn ¾ round with right hands AS men dance anticlockwise ¼ way around the outside (2 bars); turn partner once around with left hands (2 bars); repeat bars 17-20 ending in opposite couples' place;

25-32 SET, DANCE THRO' AND CHASE: Nearer hands joined with partner, set to opposite couple, dance through opposite couple passing opposite person by the right shoulder, chase clockwise halfway around and set to next couple around the room.

Repeat with next couple.

(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.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Information

"Targaid danns" in Gaelic means "Targe dance", the targe being the traditional, circular shield, after which the Scottish Country Dancing Figure, The Targe, is named; it should be pronounced as "Tahrg~j dounss" in English, with stress on the first syllable of "Targaid", where:
  "ah" is as in "shah";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ou" is as in "loud"; and
  "ss" is as in "less".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

Targe Shield
An Actor Playing The Role Of A Scottish Highlander Carrying A Defensive Targe Shield

Dance information by Reuben Freemantle.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Targe article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright David Ball.

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