Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Wing'd Minute

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Wing'd Minute
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
5x32 bar strathspey
5-couple dance in longways set

  1-8   1ST CROSS, CAST, CROSS AND CAST: 1st couple cross by the right hand, cast off two places (2nd and 3rd couple stepping up on Bars 3-4), 1st couple cross by the left hand, and cast two places to the left (1st woman up ending facing 2nd and 3rd men, and 1st man down ending in the middle facing 4th and 5th women);

  9-12 TEAPOTS WITH 1st DOUBLE CORNERS: 3-hands across using right hands with 1st double corners (1st woman with 2nd and 3rd men, 1st man with 4th and 5th women (1st couple pass each other by the right shoulder in the middle to face 2nd double corners);

13-16 TEAPOTS WITH 2nd DOUBLE CORNERS: 3-hands across using right hands with 2nd double corners (1st man with 2nd and 3rd women, 1st woman with 4th and 5th men (1st couple end in 3rd place on opposite sides facing 1st double corners);

17-24 TANDEM REEL OF 3: 1st couple start by passing 1st double corners by the left shoulder: double corners dance the reel in tandem switching the lead at each end of the reel;

25-32 1ST CROSS, CAST UP, AND DANCE DOWN MIDDLE: 1st couple cross over passing right hands, cast up two places, and dance down the middle to the bottom casting into 5th place (4th and 5th couples step up on Bars 29-30).

Repeat with new top couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Wing'd Minute, comes from the Tam O' Shanter - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1790, while living in Dumfries, Scotland.

"The minutes wind'g their way wi' pleasure"

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The Wing'd Minute - Time Flies

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