Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Weel Bobb'd

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Weel Bobb'd
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 3: Corners
4x32 bar Strathspey
4-couple dance in 4-couple longways set

  1-4   ALL TURN: all turn partner with right hands;

  5-8   RIGHT HAND WHEEL: 1st couple with 2nd, 3rd couple with 4th, dance right hands across;

  9-16 REEL OF 4 on own side, start passing right shoulders (1st with 2nd, 3rd with 4th): end in the middle both hands joined with partner and angled slightly for:

17-24 ANCIENT POUSSETTE: 1st couple with 2nd, 3rd couple with 4th dance anticlockwise 1½ times around other couple on a diamond pattern finishing with ½ turn and retire ending having changed places: i.e. dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 17), dance to opposite place with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 18), dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 19), dance to starting places with a ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 20), repeat Bars 17-18 and turn ½ clockwise (Bar 23) and retire to own side in progressed places (Bar 24)(N.B. the strathspey setting step is used throughout);

25-32 1ST AND 3RD BOURREL: 1st couple with 3rd couple dance the bourrel: Bars 24-28: 1st man and 3rd woman set advancing and turn halfway with both hands ending in the middle back-to-back (1st man facing down and 3rd woman facing up), AS 1st woman and 3rd man dance across through partner's place and cast around 4th couple (3rd man up, 1st woman down) to end facing partner in a line of 4 along the middle of the set; then set to partner and turn partner ¾ by the right hand ending on own side. Order is now 2-3-4-1.


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

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