The Birl hold
is an informal, two-handed Hold
used as a more controlled version of the Turn
with Elbow grip
to make a Quick turn
) in Quick tempo
dances; it is commonly used when the Scottish Country Dancers wish to adopt a more informal style by adding an extra Turn
where only one Slow turn
is prescribed as, for example, in bars 37-40 of The White Heather Jig
When Turning By the right, the right hand should be cupped round the other dancer's elbow, as in Elbow grip, with the left hands held securely at chest height Above the right forearms. Note that this hand Position is the opposite of that in the Promenade hold, where the right hands are Above the lefts to facilitate the transition to Allemande hold.
When Turning By the left, these Hand positions should be reversed.
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