Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hands Round And Back

The addition of the suffix, And back, to Hands round means return to the Starting Positions using the Strathspey travelling step or Slip step in the other direction for the return.

In Scottish Country Dancing, unless additionally qualified, Hands round and back means Hands round to the left followed by Hands round to the right. As a rare example, in bars 121-128 of Ian Powrie's Farewell to Auchterarder, Hands round to the right precedes Hands round to the left in the original instructions.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Hands round and back, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Arctic Circle
McKeown's Hornpipe
Quincentenary Reel
Speirs Bruce
Touch Not The Cat
Toyboys Of Toowoomba
William Elphinstone
Wind That Shakes The Barley

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