Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Men's Chain

In Scottish Country Dancing, the Men's chain Figure is much rarer than the Ladies chain to which it is closely similar; the Men's and Ladies' movements of the Ladies' chain, and left and right for Casting, Crossing and Turning, are interchanged.

Like the Ladies' chain, this Figure is for two adjacent Couples (not necessarily Partners) on Opposite sides of a 4-Couple Square set or of the Corners' square in a Longwise set; the "Couples" Start Facing each other with each Man on the left of a Lady, exactly as they would for the Ladies' chain.

The whole Figure takes 8 bars. On the first 2 bars, the Men Cross By the left, each Finishing Facing Out in the Opposite Lady's Position While each Lady Casts clockwise to Face In in the adjacent Man's Position. On the next 2 bars, the Dancers Turn halfway By the right on the Sides, the Ladies Finishing back in their Starting Positions, Facing Out, the Men on Opposite Sides, Facing In. These 4 bars are repeated from the new Positions and so all return to their Starting Positions, the Ladies Finishing with a Polite turn so that all Finish Facing In unless the subsequent Figure requires otherwise.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Men's chain, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Corrievreckan (Boswell)
Gaelforce Wind
Joan's Jig
MacLeod's Tables (Haynes)
Mr Morison
Ray Milbourne
Rising Sun
Speirs Bruce
Toyboys Of Toowoomba
Uncle Isaac

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Men's Chain

Men's Chain Video Clip

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