Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Flirt And Cast

In Scottish Country Dancing, Flirt and cast is an elegant 4-bar Figure used to interchange adjacent Couples in a Longwise set in Strathspeys; the Strathspey travelling step is used throughout. Skip change would be used in any Quick Tempo implementation.

When performed by 1st and 2nd couples from their Original places:

Bars 1-2
1st lady and 2nd man Advance, Pull right shoulder back and Dance Out to Places, Finishing Facing Out;

Bars 3-4
2nd man Cast up While 1st man Dance In, Pulling right shoulder back, Finishing having Exchanged places
1st lady Cast While 2nd lady Dance In, Pulling right shoulder back, Finishing having Exchanged places.

The Finishing Facing Direction depends upon the Figure immediately following; 4 Hands round, Hands Across and Parallel Reels On the sides are particularly suitable.

Note that bars 3-4 are exactly as in Set and link for 2 couples On the sides.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Flirt and cast, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Flirt In Isolation
Flowering Heather
Golden Fantail
Marriage Made In Dancing
Peter Price's Strathspey

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Flirt And Cast

Flirt And Cast Video Clip

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