Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Angel Hold

In this very rare form of Hold, Both hands are joined, right hand in right, left hand in left, with the Man behind his Partner. The Hold should be Open with the elbows only slightly bent and the hands as widely spaced as is practicable, as in the Strathspey form of Both hands joined but not Facing each other.

The Dancing man and Dancing lady need to stay close together and so need to be comfortable with each other in such close proximity.

When used for Setting in a Strathspey, both Dancers are Facing in the same Direction and so they Start a Phrase normally, i.e., both with the right foot. If any rotation is involved, as in Hello-goodbye setting in The Far Cuillins, the Man must take much larger left foot steps than his Partner in order to maintain his correct Position behind her.

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