Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rondel

The Figure, Rondel, is used in Scottish Country Dancing as a Progression to interchange adjacent Couples in a Longwise set, using the Travelling step appropriate to the Tempo throughout; although originally specified for Strathspeys, only, it does appear in some Quick tempo dances.

Rondel can be performed by two adjacent Couples from their Original Places, i.e., in the Sidelines, but it more usually follows a Figure, such as Lead down and up (as in The Silver Tassie), which readily leaves the Couples nearer the Centre line and Facing each other Up and down. When performed by 1st and 2nd Couples, from these Positions, i.e., starting as shown in Diagram 99, it consists of:

Bars 1-2
Taking right hands, 1st Couple Cross down to half a Place below 2nd Place under an Arch made by 2nd Couple Taking Nearer hands and Crossing up to half a Place above 1st Place (Ladies taking Precedence), all Finishing on Opposite Sides Facing Out, as shown in Diagram 99;

Diagram 99: Rondel: bars 1-2.
Men's paths shown as full lines, ladies' broken, 1st couple's emboldened; arrow heads show finishing points.


Bar 3
2nd Couple Cast to 1st Place While 1st Couple Cast up to 2nd Place, both Couples Finishing on Opposite Sides Facing In, as shown in Diagram 100;

Diagram 100: Rondel: bar 3.
Men's paths shown as full lines, ladies' broken, 1st couple's emboldened; arrow heads show finishing points.


Bars 4-5
Taking left hands, 2nd and 1st Ladies Dance Across under an Arch made by 2nd and 1st Men Dancing Across, both the Ladies and the Men Crossing on the sides (1st Man and 1st Lady taking Precedence) to Finish all in their Original Places, 1st Couple Facing Up, 2nd Couple Facing Down as shown in Diagram 101;

Diagram 101: Rondel: bars 4-5.
Men's paths shown as full lines, ladies' broken, 1st couple's emboldened; arrow heads show finishing points.


Bar 6
1st Man and 1st Lady Dance Up, In and Down While 2nd Man and 2nd Lady Dance Down, In and Up, both Couples meeeting their Partners and Taking Nearer hands on the line joining their Original Places, 1st Couple Facing Down, 2nd Couple Facing Up as shown in Diagram 102;

Diagram 102: Rondel: bar 6.
Men's paths shown as full lines, ladies' broken, 1st couple's emboldened; arrow heads show finishing points.


Bars 7-8
1st Couple Lead down to 2nd Place under Arches made by 2nd Couple Dancing up to 1st Place as shown in Diagram 103.

Diagram 103: Rondel: bars 7-8.
Men's paths shown as full lines, ladies' broken, 1st couple's emboldened; arrow heads show finishing points.

Those Crossing after making the Arches (2nd Couple in bars 1-2 and the Men in bars 4-5) must obviously Take Nearer hands; 1st Couple may find it more comfortable to Take right hands when Crossing under the Arch in bars 1-2, and, similarly, left hands for the Ladies in bars 4-5 thus making it more natural for 1st Lady (in both cases) to be given Precedence.

Note that the Phrasing and the terms used in this description are different from those in the RSCDS's The Manual of Scottish Country Dancing though a dancer would interpret both in the same way. This description is more consistent with the diagrams.


For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Rondel Figure, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Annie Shand Scott's Strathspey
Blooms Of Ben Lawers
Bob Campbell
Glasgow Jubilee
Huntly Castle
Magic Airt O' Gow
Mrs Hamilton Of Wishaw
Sauchie Haugh
Susanne's Strathspey
Three Sisters

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Rondel Video Clip

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