Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Witch's Rant

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

WITCH'S RANT (R5x32) 5C set Roy Clowes SCD Archives

1- 4 1s+5s ¾ turn RH to form line up/down middle, 1M+5L turn LH to face 1st corners (2s+4s acting as corners while 3s, 1L and 5M stand)
5-12 5L+1M turn 1st corner RH, 'partner' LH, 2nd corner RH, 'partner' LH
13-16 1s+5s turn partners RH 1½ times back to places
17-24 3s stand while 1s+2s and 4s+5s dance interlocking reels of 3 round standing 3s (1s+2s also 4s+5s pass each other RSh to start)
25-32 1s slip step down for 2 bars while 2s+3s+4s+5s step up, 1s slip step back up and dance out between 2s+3s on own sides, in between 3s+4s and cast round 5s to 5th place

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

Tam O' Shanter And The Witches Print
"Tam O' Shanter And The Witches" John Faed (1819-1902), Print, c. 1892

Image copyright John Faed, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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