Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wild Geese Tamed

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The 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 Notes

The 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 Information

Also see the original dance The Wild Geese by Anon, from RSCDS Book 24.

Canadian Geese, River Tame Residents
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Image copyright Michael Westley under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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