Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Xyzzy

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE XYZZY (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Sue McKinnell S McKinnells SCDs

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to face 1st corners
9-12 1s change places with 1st corners RH, 1s change places with opposite person LH while original 1st corners ¾ turn LH to face 2nd corner pstns
13-16 Original 1st corners change places RH with 1s (in 2nd corners), corners change places on sides LH while 1s turn LH to end BtoB in middle (L facing up)
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 on own sides (RSh to 3rd corners) ending in 2nd place
25-32 1s dance diagonal R&L. 213

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

XYZZY by Sue McKinnell 8x32 Reel for 3C

1-8 1C lead down and up to face 1st corners; 2C step up on bars 3-4.
9-10 1C trade places RH with 1st corners.
11-12 1W and 2W, 1M and 3M trade places LH WHILE 3W and 2M turn LH in the center to end 3W facing 1M, 2M facing 1W.
13-14 1M and 3W, 1W and 2M trade places RH.
15-16 3W and 2W, 3M and 2M trade places LH up and down the set WHILE 1C turn LH to end back-to-back in the center, 1W facing up and 1M facing down.
17-24 RS reels of three on sides, beginning with 1C dancing out the ends of the dance and turning right.
25-32 Diagonal rights and lefts, 1W up and 1M down.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Jul 2001)

Dance Notes

Suggested music is Sleepy Maggie from Something to Celebrate by the Lothian Band.

(Dance Notes by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The figures of this dance reminded me of a phrase from the original Adventure game ("You are in a maze of twisty little passages all alike").

Dance Information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell.

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