Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Twisted Then Chaperoned

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

TWISTED THEN CHAPERONED (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Gaye Collin, 2020

1- 4 1s+2s cross RH, face down/up sides and turn ¾ LH to finish 2M+1L BtoB in centre 2M facing 1M, 1L facing 2L
5- 8 All set, all pull back RSh and 1L followed by 2L, 2M followed by 1M chase clockwise round to own sides, 2s at top, 1s in 2nd place
9-16 1s petronella turn and set; turn RH 1¼ to 2nd place own side, 1M facing up, 1L facing down
17-24 Promenade (Chaperoned) Chain progression:-
' 2s and 3s ¾ turn partner RH into middle while 1s dance clockwise ¼ round the set taking nearer hands with 2L/3M...
' who dance ½ way clockwise while middle people (2M + 3L) turn LH 1½.
' 2s and 3s turn partner RH ¾ while 1s dance clockwise ¼ round. All end in centre nearer hands joined facing up. 312
25-32 3s followed by 1s+2s dance up 1 step then cast outside own side line to 3rd place; 2s+1s+3s turn partner RH

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


Twisted Then Chaperoned 32 bar Strathspey for 3Cs in a 4C set Gaye Collin

1- 6 1+2Cs cross over giving RH and then face on the side (as in R&Ls), 1+2W and 1+2M turn ¾ LH to finish facing one another across the set, where they set.
7- 8 1M+2W (the dancers on the outside of the line), cast by the right to finish, 1M in 2nd place own side, 2W in 1st place own side. Meanwhile 1W+2M dance round each other by the right, 1W finishing opposite her partner, 2M doing likewise finishing in top place.
9-16 1C petronella into the centre and set, turn RH 1¼ to finish facing out on own side in 2nd place. 1W facing down 1M facing up.
17-24 2+1+3Cs dance a (Chaperoned) Chain Progression, with all couples finishing in the centre of the dance facing up, nearer hands joined.
25-32 3C dance up one step then cast Well outside own lines followed by 1+2Cs, then dance through the side-lines and turn partner RH.

Repeat from second place.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2020)


Dance Notes

For this particular Chain Progression the couples dancing around the outside hold nearer hands not promenade hold.

Formation: Twisted Rights and Lefts, the Strathspey version.
This new formation, Twisted Rights and Lefts first appears in a dance I devised in June 2018 named Twisted Rights and Lefts.

This version differs a little from the original (Reel) formation to allow for the Strathspey setting step, but is basically the same formation.

(Dance notes compiled by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2020)


Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance information by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2020.
Image copyright Basile Morin / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

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