Scottish Ramble

The Scotch Ramble ~ RSCDS

Scottish Ramble or The Scotch Ramble ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in about 1752 in Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances, Vol. 8, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1929 and published in RSCDS Book 5. It is S8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. St32.

Johnson calls the dance The Scotch Ramble and writes:

First Cu. cast off two Cu. Lead up to the Top and cast off Hands 4 round with the 3d. Cu. Right hands and Left with the 2d. Cu. foot it at both Corners & turn Lead out on both sides and turn

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: set, circle, cast, lead, hey, hey for three, rights and lefts, cross go below, set and turn corners (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1929 by RSCDS. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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