Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Promenade Round

The Figure Promenade round occurs only in a Longwise set; however in Scottish Country Dancing, the term is often used, especially in a Circular set, to indicate that some other Figure, such as Chase or a Reel, should be performed using Promenade hold.

For the Figure, two or more pairs of dancers, usually Couples, Take Both hands in Promenade hold and starting Facing Up in a Longwise set, Dance anticlockwise following the Lead of the first pair and Finishing in their Starting Positions.

The whole Figure requires 8 bars. The movements should have the same formal precision as in the Allemande and, indeed, the first four bars should be identical apart from the Hold. This works quite well for the rare form with 2 Couples but is difficult, especially in a Quick tempo dance, with the more common 3-Couple form where the path often degenerates into a rather sloppy oval.

The Couples start on the Centre line Facing Up in Promenade hold, ideally having just completed a Figure, such as Turn by the right, which readily Finishes there. Where Promenade round for 3 Couples is preceded by Hands round and back, as in College Hornpipe, the 2nd Couple find it almost impossible to reach the Centre line in Time.


For the Top couple in the 3-Couple Figure:

Bar 1
Promenade Diagonally forwards and to the right so that the Lady reaches a point half a Place Above her Original Place in the Ladies' Side line and rotate anticlockwise to Face Across The set towards the Men's Side;

Bar 2
Promenade Across The set so that the Man reaches the Men's Side line and rotate anticlockwise to Face Down, Finishing with the Man half a Place Above his Original Place;

Bar 3
Promenade Down to 2nd Place with the Man Travelling on the Men's Side line;

Bar 4
Promenade Down to 3rd Place with the Man Travelling on the Men's Side line;

Bar 5
Promenade Down half a Place with the Man Travelling on the Men's Side line and, retaining Promenade hold, rotate anticlockwise to Face Across The set towards the Ladies' Side;

Bar 6
Promenade part of the way Across The set and rotate anticlockwise to Face Up The set on the Centre line;

Bar 7
Promenade Up one Place, Travelling on the Centre line;

Bar 8
Promenade Up the Centre line, separate and Dance Up the Side lines, Finishing Facing each other in Original Places.


For the 2nd Couple:

Bar 1
Promenade Diagonally forwards and to the right so that the Lady reaches a point half a Place Above her Original Place in the Ladies' Side line;

Bar 2
Promenade Up to Finish half a Place Above 1st Place with the Lady Travelling on the Ladies' Side line and rotate anticlockwise to Face Across The set towards the Men's Side line;

Bar 3
as Bar 2 for the Top couple;

Bar 4
as Bar 3 for the Top couple;

Bar 5
as Bar 4 for the Top couple;

Bar 6
as Bar 5 for the Top couple;

Bar 7
as Bar 6 for the Top couple;

Bar 8
as Bar 8 for the Top couple.


For the 3rd Couple:

Bar 1
as Bar 1 for the 2nd Couple;

Bar 2
Promenade Up to 2nd Place with the Lady Travelling on the Ladies' Side line;

Bar 3
Promenade Up to Finish half a Place Above 1st Place with the Lady Travelling on the Ladies' Side line and rotate anticlockwise to Face Across The set towards the Men's Side line;

Bar 4
as Bar 2 for the Top couple;

Bar 5
as Bar 3 for the Top couple;

Bar 6
as Bar 4 for the Top couple;

Bar 7
as Bar 5 for the Top couple;

Bar 8
Promenade part of the way Across The set and rotate anticlockwise to Face Up The set on the Centre line, separate and Dance out to the Side lines, Finishing Facing each other in Original Places.


For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Promenade round, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Alyth Burn
Ayr Promenade
Birks Of Invermay
Cupar Jig
Easy Peasy
Lady Glasgow
Miss Allie Anderson

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Promenade Round

Promenade Round Video Clip

Links To Pages Related To 'Promenade'

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