Rachael Rae ~ RSCDS

Rachel Rae ~ RSCDS

Rachel Rae ~ Williams Rachael Rae ~ RSCDS

Rachael Rae ~ RSCDS or Rachel Rae ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by W. Smyth in 1830 in A Pocket Companion for Young Ladies and Gentlemen Containing Directions for the Performance of Quadrilles, Scotch, English, Irish, French, and Spanish Country Dances, Reels, &c., Edinburgh. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1926 and published in RSCDS Book 3. It is R8×24 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R24.

The RSCDS attributes this to Mozart Allan's Allan's Reference Guide to the Ball-Room, Glasgow, ~1895, and a dance with this name is in that work, but it occurred elsewhere earlier. Both Smyth and the Lowes published it in about 1830, I think Smyth was earlier.

Smyth, in 1830, page 32, writes:

Four hands across and back again, down the middle and up again, Ladies out side and back again, and pousette,

The Lowes, in 1831, page 107, writes:

Four hands across; down the middle; up again; lead out to the sides, three and three in line, (The Lady between the two Gentlemen, and the Gentleman between the two Ladies); back again, and pousette with the top couple.

These clearly describe the same dance.

It seems likely to me that the hands across, should be back again to fill out eight bars.

Both Smyth and the Lowes use "down the middle and up again" as a progressive move. (and poussette is not)

But if the Lowes are to be believed it should leave the 1s in 2nd place improper (note the 2s aren't improper, so the change can't happen in the hands across). So presumably they wheel around at the bottom rather than turning individually.

But how do the 1s become proper again? We could have the 1s do half a draw poussette, and half a regular poussette but I'm not aware of any draw poussettes in 19th century dances so that doesn't seem a good solution.

lead out to the sides ... back again usually takes 4 bars... Summing up all the figures leaves 28 bars, so perhaps a four bar movement was omitted?

Smyth (an Edinburgh dancing teacher) and the Lowes (also Edinburgh dancing teachers) classify this as a "Scotch Country Dance". Both spell the dance "Rachel Rae".

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.

1-31s+2s right hands across...
4-8... and left hands back once and a halfish with the ending 1s between 2s+3s and 2s ending proper
9-12Balance in line twice
13-161s two hand spiral once and a half up as 2s move down and into poussette hold
17-241s+2s poussette

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