The Highland Lass ~ RSCDS

The Highland Lass ~ Williams The Highland Lass ~ RSCDS

The Highland Lass ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1718 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second, 3rd ed., London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1981 and published in RSCDS Book 30. It is R8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. R32.

John Young (of the Playford family) published two figures to this tune and with this name. The first was published in 1710, and the second in 1718. The RSCDS claims to be interpreting the second figure.

John Young writes:
The first Cu. cast off and whole Figure at Top Then cast off and whole Figure at Bottom Then lead quite thro' the Top and cast off in the 2d Cu. Place, and Right and Left quite round with the 2d Cu The cross over below the 3d Cu. and half Figure with the 3d Cu. and lead up thro' the Top and turn your Partner.

The music is in 3/2 time and consists of a 4 bar strain and an 8 bar strain, both repeated.

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, cast, hey, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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