Menzies Rant ~ RSCDS

Reel Don ne Marachan

Menzies Rant ~ Menzies Menzies Rant ~ RSCDS

Menzies Rant ~ RSCDS or Reel Don ne Marachan is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Castle Menzies in 1749 in The Register of Dances at Castle Menzies, Scotland. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1931 and published in RSCDS Book 7. Originally proper this version is R8×32 2C/4C 1s cross, an improper duple minor longways dance. R32.

Quoted from The Register of Dances at Castle Menzies (as transcribed by Jim Healy):

1st man turns 2d woman & casts off, then the 1st woman does the same then the 1st pair goes figure of eight through the 2d pair; then the 1st man sets to the 2d woman & turns her, then the 1st woman the same; then the 1st pair goes four hands round with the 2d pair & right & left

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, hey, hey for four, rights and lefts, back to back (and probably others).

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