Set And RotateThe Figure, Set and rotate, interchanges the Positions of two adjacent Couples in a Longwise set and so can be used as a Progression. In the 2005 edition of "The Manual of Scottish Country Dancing", the RSCDS describes it for Quick tempo dances, only; however, many devisers have included it in Strathspeys.
Set and rotate requires 8 bars; when danced by the first two Couples:
All Take hands On the sides, Set (right foot step) Facing Partners and release the Hold;
all Set (left foot step), Turning on the spot (a whole Turn for 1st Man and 2nd Lady, three quarters for 1st Lady and 2nd Man) to Finish Facing clockwise around the rectangle formed by their Places;
all Chase clockwise one Place around the rectangle formed by their Places, Finishing Facing Partners;
all Cross up and down on the sides, Finishing Facing clockwise;
all Chase clockwise one Place around the rectangle formed by their Places, Finishing 2nd Couple in 1st Place, 1st Couple in 2nd Place.
Note that the Hold must be released promptly at the end of bar 1; otherwise, it is difficult to Turn on the spot by the required amount in bar 2. In the Strathspey form, the sideways movement on bar 1 should be made smaller than normal and the Dancers should release their Hold and begin to Pull right shoulder back in the second half of that bar so that Turning on the spot in bar 2 is easier.
When it is used in the last 8 bars of the format, 3 couple repeat in 4 couple set, and when 3rd Couple will be involved on bar 1 of the next Repeat, it is necessary, for the 1st Couple only, to modify the Figure on the 2nd, 4th and 6th Repeats.
For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Set and rotate, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Calm Before The Storm (Boyd)
Four Minute Reel
Lord Brownlow's Strathspey
Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Set And RotateSet And Rotate Video Clip
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Flirt And Cast
Kilt Pin Reel
Pass And Turn
Peter White Reel
Sash Pin Reel
Set And Link
Set And Rotate Smoke
Theme (Of The Celtic Brooch)
Additional search terms: Set+Rotate.