Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Watchmaker's Wife

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

WATCHMAKER'S WIFE (R2x32) 4C set Roy Clowes
Start: Glasgow Highlanders positions - 1s and 3s on Men's side, 2s and 4s on Ladies' side, men with partner on right
i.e. 1M+3M stand as 1L+3L cross to 2M+4M places who cross to partners places, 2L/4L step up

1- 8 2L+3L cross RH into RH across with 1M+4M. On bar 6 2L+3L finish on opposite sides, 1M+4M continue RH across to finish on opposite sides facing out
9-12 1M+3L+2M (top 3 on Men's side) also 4M+2L+3M (bottom 3 on Ladies' side) dance ½ reels of 3 on the sides (4M out/down, 3M out/up, 2L in/up also 2M out/down, 1M out/up, 3L in/down)
13-16 1s+4s chase anticlockwise to opposite ends while 2s+3s dance 4H round to the left
17-20 1L+2L also 3L+4L turn ¾ LH to Balance-in-Line positions on the diagonals, all set
21-24 1L+2L also 3L+4L turn ¾ LH to sides next to partner, all set
25-28 1s+4s set to partners and ½ 2H turn to change places
29-32 1s+4s change places:- 1s cross over and lead up to 4s place (Lady on Man's right) while 4s cross over and lead down to 1s place (Lady on Man's right)
Order now: Ladies' side 3L 3M 4L 4M; Men's side 1M 1L 2M 2L. Repeat with new 2nd and 3rd Ladies

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

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