Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Leaving Benbecula

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LEAVING BENBECULA (S4x32) 4C set Bill Forbes Craigievar Book 1

1- 4 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across ½ way, 1L and 4M cast to end in middle facing up/down as 1M+4L turn 2H into middle facing partner
5- 8 1s+4s dance ½ reel of 4 up/down middle
9-16 All set in diamond formation and petronella turn (4s/1s to sides, 2s/3s into middle), 2s+3s dance ½ reel of 4 (up/down)
17-24 All set in diamond formation and petronella turn (3s/2s to sides, 4s/1s into middle), 4s and 1s ¾ turn RH onto sides (between 3s/2s) and all set. (3)(4)(1)(2)
25-32 All dance Double Snowball Grand Chain:-
' 25-28 3s and 2s cross RH and then change places LH on side with 4s/1s
' 29-30 4s and 1s cross RH while 3s+2s change places on sides RH
' 31-32 4s+2s and 3s+1s change places LH on sides. 2413

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


Leaving Benbecula
Bill Forbes   Craigievar Book 1
Strathspey   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s2s 3s4s right hands across halfway;

  3-4   1L cast up to finish at the top on the centre line facing down WHILE 4M cast down to finish at the bottom on the centre line facing up WHILE 1M4L turn both hands and finish back to back facing partners;

  5-8   1L1M4L4M half reel of 4, finishing with 4s2s 3s1s in diamond patterns;

  9-10 4s2s 3s1s set;

11-12 4s2s 3s1s petronella turn to next place anticlockwise;

13-16 2M2L3M3L half reel of 4, finishing with 3s4s 1s2s in diamond patterns;

17-18 3s4s 1s2s set;

19-20 3s4s 1s2s petronella turn to next place anticlockwise;

21-22 4s turn by the right ¾ moving down to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 1s turn by the right ¾ moving up to finish in 3rd place on opposite sides;

23-24 all set (3s4s1s2s on opposite sides);

25-32 snowball chain, starting at both ends, finishing 2s4s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

  3-4   1M4L must be quick off the mark. This is the only tricky part.

    -4   1s4s in line up and down.

    -12 2s3s now in line up and down.

    -20 4s1s in line up and down at opposite ends.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Benbecula is an island of the Outer Hebrides in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Scotland. With a population of around 1,200 Benbecula lies between the islands of North Uist and South Uist, to which it is connected by road causeways. Travel to any of the other main Hebridean islands, or to the Scottish mainland, must be done by air or sea. Benbecula Airport on the island has daily flights to Glasgow, Stornoway and Barra.
Leaving Benbecula Beach
Leaving Benbecula By Air


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