Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Keekit Ben

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Keekit Ben
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 9: A Dozen in Hand
72 bar Strathspey
4-couple dance in a Square set

  1-8   HEAD COUPLES SET TWICE AND WHEEL: 1st and 3rd couples set to partner, and joining nearer hands with partner set to opposite couple, then dance right hands across once round;

  9-16 ½ TANDEM REEL OF 4 AND CHASE: All dance ½ Tandem Reel of 4, starting passing right shoulder: 1st with 2nd, and 3rd with 4th couple (Head couples start with men in lead, Side couples start with women in the lead followed closely by partner: lead switches at each end of the reel): on bars 13-16 side couples chase clockwise home (on bars 15-16 head couples chase into original places;

17-32 REPEAT Bars 1-16 WITH SIDE COUPLES;

33-40 HEAD COUPLES SET TWICE AND CIRCLE: 1st and 3rd couple set to partner, and joining nearer hands set to opposite, then circle to the left, on Bar 40 retain partner's hand and pass other head couple by the right shoulder to dance into;

41-48 ½ HAND-IN-HAND REEL OF 4: All dance ½ Hand-in-Hand Reel of 4, starting passing right shoulder (1st with 2nd, and 3rd with 4th couple): on bars 45-48 side couples chase home clockwise (on bars 47-48 head couples chase into original places;

49-64 REPEAT Bars 33-48 WITH SIDE COUPLES;

65-72 ALL CIRCLE AND BACK.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)


Dance Information

Keekit Ben is broad Scots for Peeped within.

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