Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Twa Auld Hens

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Twa Auld Hens (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 1988

1-4 The 1st woman, followed by her partner, casts off two places on the women's side and crosses over to 3rd man's place, her partner ending in 3rd woman's place; with hands joined on the sides, the 2nd and 3rd couples step up on bars 3-4
5-8 The 1st and 3rd couples dance right hands across once round; the 1st woman ending facing out
9-12 The 1st woman, followed by her partner, casts up two places on the men's side and crosses over to her original place, her partner ending in his original place; with hands joined on the sides, the 2nd and 3rd couples step down on bars 11-12
13-16 The 1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across once round, ending back on the sidelines
17-24 With hands joined on the sidelines, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance pas-de-basque coupé four times
25-32 The 1st and 2nd couples dance the half reel progression

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Notes

The half reel progression:
1-2 The 1st and 2nd couples turn partners three quarters round by the right hand to end in a line in the middle of the set (men facing up, women facing down).
3-6 The 1st and 2nd couples dance half a reel of four up and down the set (ending with the women facing up and the men facing down).
7-8 The 2nd and 1st couples turn partners three quarters round by the right hand to end on own sidelines having changed places.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Dance Information

This dance, Twa Auld Hens, was devised for K and P, a couple of nuts!

Suggested tune: Sally Gardens.

Devised March 1988; first published 1989; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1988, 1989, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 4, The McGhie's Seat And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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