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Twa Rogueish E'en

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TWA ROGUEISH EEN (J8x40) 3C (4C set) John Drewry, 1967, Rondel Book

1- 8 1M dances reel of 3 with 2s giving LSh to 2L and picks up his partner in prom hold to end in 1M's place
9-16 1s dance down (opposite sides), 1L dances under 1M arm as he dances round below her and dance back to own places
17-24 1s set, dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place, dance in back to top while 2s stand for 2 bars, set, dance down and cast up round 3s to own places while 3s stand for 4 bars, set, dance in (touch hands) and out to own place facing out
25-32 1s+2s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides (1s dancing out and down to start) end 1s turning to face down as 2s dance in to face up
33-40 1s+2s dance a Half Rondel to change places:
   1s dance down under the arch made by 2s who dance up, Ladies cross in front of Men and all cast to meet the other Lady or Man on the opposite side and join nearer hands, set on opposite sides of the dance and cross LH back to own sides

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Twa Rogueish E'en
John Drewry   Rondel Book
Jig   8 x 40 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1M2s half reel of 3 across (1M 2L giving left shoulder to start), finishing with 1M taking 1L in promenade hold;

  5-8   1s (promenade hold) half reel of 3 across with 2s;

  9-16 1s (taking nearer hands) lead down, 1L turn halfway under 1M's arm, 1s (nearer hands) lead up on own sides, finishing in places;

17-20 1s set and lead down below 3s WHILE 2s wait and set;

21-24 1s cast up round 3s and lead up (finishing in 1st place facing out) WHILE 2s lead down below 3s and cast up (finishing in 2nd place facing in and up) WHILE 3s set, advance, turn about and dance out to place, finishing facing out;

25-32 1M2M3M 1L2L3L reels of 3 on sides;

33-40 1s2s half rondel:

33-34 1s lead down WHILE 2s (making an arch) dance up;

35-36 2s 1s cross to opposite sides;

37-38 2s1s set on the sides;

39-40 2s 1s cross by the left.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-     2s must be ready to go straight into reel of 3 across.

17-24 A fugal figure - 2s wait 2 bars before setting, 3s wait 4 bars;

33-40 1s2s "half rondel" is not the same as half a "rondel". See Half Rondel page for an explanation of the difference.

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Dance Information

The title of this dance, Twa Rogueish E'en, comes from The Lass Of Cessnock Banks - Song written by Robert Burns in 1780.

On Cessnock banks a lassie dwells;
Could I describe her shape and mien;
Our lasses a' she far excels,
An' she 's twa sparkling, rogueish een.

"Twa Rogueish E'en" is Scots for "two mischievous eyes".

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Twa Rogueish E'en
Twa Rogueish E'en
Two Mischievous Eyes

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