The Dashing White Sergeant - RSCDS

The Dashing White Sergeant - RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Anonymous in about 0. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1926 and published in RSCDS Book 3. It is a Three Face Three dance. R32Someone thought this dance was Easy.

The tune was composed around 1820 by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop.

The RSCDS has trios alternately of 1 man and two women facing 1 woman and two men.

This is (intended to be) the official RSCDS version, according to The SCD Dictionary at Ceilidhs it is danced slightly differently, with right hand turns instead of two hand turns, a right shoulder reel (or chain) rather than a left, and in the final pass through the 2s make arches while the 1s dive through.

Note: this is completely different from the traditional contra dance with the same name.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.

1-4Circle left six....
5-8...and back to the right
9-12Center dancers and the person on their right set and two hand turn
13-16Center dancers and the person on their left set and two hand turn
17-24Centers face right, and pass that person left to starts reels of three across
25-28Face up or down, advance and retire
29-32Pass through and on to the next

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I do not have a publication date for the dance and do not know whether it is under copyright or not. The interpretation is out of copyright in the US, but I'm not sure of other jurisdictions. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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