Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Windy Lane

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Windy Lane 8x32 bar Reel for 3 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A three couple, 32 bar reel.

1-4 Third couple turn with left hands one round.
3-6 Second couple turn with left hands one round.
5-8 First couple turn with left hands one round.
9-16 First and second couples dance a Birl (or Bourelle). The turning couple should use pas de Basque and two hands. On bars 15-16 first and second couples half turn with both hands and pas de basque to finish facing partner in a line of four up and down the middle.
17-24 Second and first couples dance a reel of four up and down the middle passing partner by right shoulders to begin. At the end of the reel second man and first woman pass by right shoulders.
25-32 Second, first and third couples dance six hands round and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, The Windy Lane, was devised in September, 1994 and modified in November, 1994.

The title was suggested by leaves swirling along a Titahi Bay street, Wellington, New Zealand, in a strong southerly.

Bars 1-8 represent the swirling leaves.

Suitable music - "The Inverness Country Dance" recorded by The Ron Gonnella Strings with George MacIlwham on "The Lad O' Kyle" (AB 008), side 1, track 7.

Titahi Bay
Titahi Bay, Wellington, New Zealand


Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.
Image copyright Rudolph89, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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