Catch that Catch Can

for Bern Runk, a Silver Thistle Dancer, who asked for a dance in which everyone changes partner each repetition, after dancing Drewry’s ‘MacLeod’s Fancy’ in class one evening!

 

Suggested Tune:  Something approp. from Playford’s “Catch that Catch Can.” … ?

 

4 x 32J for 4 couples in a 4C set                     devised by Moira Turner

 

1 – 16      All dance Rights & Lefts for four couples.  (See below.)

17 – 20    3rd & 4th couples half reel of four in the centre of the dance, beginning by turning partner right hand (very briefly) before 3rd woman and 4th man pass left shoulder and finish, all facing up, in the order 4th woman, 4th man, 3rd woman, 3rd man.

               WHILE

               1st & 2nd couples turn partner right hand, then 2nd couple, followed by 1st couple, cast off down own sideline to finish 2nd man opposite 3rd man; 1st man opposite 4th man; 2nd woman opposite 3rd woman; 1st woman opposite 4th woman, all facing down.

 21 – 24 Women dance right hands across once round

               WHILE

               Men dance meshing left hands across once round.

25 – 30    4th man, followed closely by 3rd woman, dances up (2), out to 1st place own side (1), down to 4th place (3);

               WHILE

               3rd man & 2nd woman continue to wheel (1), dance up (2), out to 1st place own side (1), down to 3rd place (2);

               WHILE

               2nd man & 1st woman continue to wheel (2), dance up (2), out to 1st place own side (1), down to 2nd place (1);

               WHILE

               1st man & 4th woman continue to wheel (3), dance up (2) and cast out to 1st place own side (1).  

31 – 32    All set in the sideline.

 

Repeat with men in original places and women having rotated one place, bottom to top, so that everyone has a new partner.

 November, 2004

 

Rights & Lefts for Four Couples

This formation takes 16 bars to execute and uses 16 traveling steps.

The formation begins with all four couples on the sidelines facing their partners across the set.

 

1 – 2        All 4 couples, giving right hand to partner, cross over to change sides.

3 – 4        1st man & 3rd woman, also 2nd man & 4th woman, giving left hand, change places diagonally.

               1st woman & 2nd woman, also 3rd man & 4th man, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

5 – 6        All 4 couples giving right hand, cross over to change sides.

7 – 8        2nd woman & 4th man, also 1st woman & 3rd man, giving left hands, change places diagonally.

               3rd woman & 4th woman, also 1st man & 2nd man, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

9 – 10        All 4 couples giving right hand, cross over to change sides.

11 – 12    4th woman & 2nd man, also 3rd woman & 1st man, giving left hand, change places diagonally.

               4th man & 3rd man, also 2nd woman & 1st woman, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

13 – 14     All 4 couples giving right hand, cross over to change sides.

15 – 16    3rd man & 1st woman, also 4th man & 2nd woman, giving left hand, change places diagonally.

               2nd man & 1st man, also 4th woman & 3rd woman, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

 November, 2004