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Blooms Of Bon Accord

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BLOOMS OF BON ACCORD (R4x32) 4C set John Drewry Deeside Book 2
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 All set and 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across once round, 1s and 4s cast in 1 place to 21(4)(3)
9-12 1s and 4s cross RH and cast to ends of set to meet partners in prom hold and dance into centre of dance
13-16 1s+4s dance round passing RSh and to end 1s in the middle on Men's side facing up and 4s in the middle on Ladies' side facing down
17-24 All (1s and 4s in prom hold) dance reels of 3 on sides
25-28 4s+1s dance RH across in centre once round to end 4s facing up and 1s facing down
29-32 4s and 1s lead out of ends crossing and cast in 1 place. 24(1)(3)

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Blooms of Bon Accord
John Drewry   Deeside Book
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
3s and 4s cross on second chord.

  1-2   1s2s 3s4s set on the sides;

  3-6   1s2s 3s4s right hands across;

  7-8   1s cast to 2nd place WHILE 4s cast up to 3rd place WHILE 2s 3s dance to the ends;

  9-12 1s 4s cross by the right and cast (1s up, 4s down) to meet partners at the ends;

13-16 1s 4s (with promenade hold) dance round each other (giving right shoulders), finishing 4s facing down on Ls' side, 1s facing up on M's side;

17-24 2L4s3M 2M1s3L reels of 3 on sides (1s 4s with promenade hold, giving right shoulders to 2M 3M to start);

25-28 1s4s right hands across;

29-32 1s cross down between 3s and cast up to 3rd place WHILE 4s cross up between 2s and cast down to 2nd place.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

    -24 1s 4s release left hands but retain right hands with partners ready for the hands across.

    -28 1s 4s retain right hands with partners ready for crossing out of the ends.

Note that, in their video, the Houston RSCDS Demo team start with 3s 4s having already crossed to opposite sides and show the following modified version of the first 8 bars which, albeit not authentic, does flow well:

  1-4   1s2s 3s4s set and link for two on the sides;

  5-8   1s2s 3s4s right hands across.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

Blooms Of Bon Accord was devised by John Drewry to comemorate Aberdeen winning the 'Britain In Bloom' competition for the third year in a row in 1971.

The Bon Accord Free Church is a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland in Aberdeen.

Bon Accord is the motto of the city of Aberdeen and is often used as another of the many nicknames for the city; it means "Good Agreement" in French.

Legend tells that its use dates from the 14th century password used by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence, when he and his men laid siege to Aberdeen Castle before destroying it in 1308 and massacring the English Garrison, retaking Aberdeen for the townspeople.

The secret phrase to initiate the campaign was "Bon Accord".

Duthie Park, Aberdeen Image
Duthie Park, Aberdeen

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Text from this original Heraldry Of Aberdeen article on Wikipedia.
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