Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Turn And Cast

Although Turn and cast is no more than a combination of Turn (By the right), Finishing Facing Out, followed by Cast individually (one Place) on Own side, it is important as a common movement by the 1st Couple to establish the Progression in a 3 Couple Longwise, Active Set as, for example, in bars 1-4 of Mairi's Wedding.

2nd Couple usually Step up during the Casting; if so, it will almost always be necessary for them to use the form of Stepping up shown in the diagram since Turning and returning to Place (even though Facing Out) in only 2 bars is demanding for 1st Couple.

Note that the diagram shows the right foot step which would apply for the Lady on her Own side in a Longwise Set; her Partner would Dance the left foot equivalent.

Diagram, Stepping To The Right
Stepping to the Right: with diagonal forward travel in order to help another couple when time is short.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Turn 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:

Atsuko's Wedding
Back To Back
Fortieth Anniversary
Hall Change
Hedwig's Reel
Kitty Campbell's Reel
Loch Ness Monster Reel
Midnight Toil

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Turn And Cast

Turn And Cast Video Clip

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Additional search terms: Turn RH and cast (MiniCrib).

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