The Wild Geese Tamed
Scottish Country Dance InstructionThe Wild Geese Tamed
Reuben Freemantle adapted from RSCDS Book 24
Jig 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set
1-2 1s 3s set advancing;
3-4 1M1L3M3L balance in line in the centre of the set;
5-8 1s turn by the right ¾ and lead down to 3rd place WHILE 3s turn by the right halfway and cast up to the top;
9-16 3s 1s repeat from new places, finishing in original places;
17-20 taking nearer hands, 1s lead down;
21-22 2s step up WHILE 1s release hold, finishing facing out on own sides;
23-24 1s cast up on own sides to finish in 2nd place;
25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.
(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
Dance NotesThe Wild Geese original has awkward transitions between figures: bars 8-9 for the 3s and bars 16-17 and bars 24-25 for the 1s. Two of these are eliminated in this version which is intended for those dancers who rate Flow of the Dance far more highly than historical rigour.
-8 1s still have this awkward transition but, to avoid falling behind the music, can cheat slightly by retaining the right hand hold ready for the set advancing.
-16 3s can encroach on the next bar to finish neatly; 1s naturally finish facing in, ready to lead down.
21-22 1s cast below dancers in a lower set if need be.
-24 1s arrive in 2nd place, facing in, ready for rights and lefts.
Dance InformationAlso see the original dance The Wild Geese.
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