Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Other Holds

There are a few Other Holds which occasionally appear in Scottish Country Dancing.

Some dances, such as Quadrilles and the Ceilidh version of The Waltz Country Dance, require a dancing Hold from the Ballroom rĂ©pertoire. The Triumph requires a special arched hold for 2 Men and a Lady.

In informal dancing, as at a Ceilidh, more casual styles are often encountered: arms are often linked rather than hands Taken in a Grand chain and may also be linked in a Reel of three; and for the Double right hands across in bars 9-12 of The Eightsome Reel, the Man puts his left arm behind his Partner with his hand on her left waist rather than Take hands using Nearer hands (i.e., her right hand in his left).

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