Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Changing Holds

As one Figure follows another, the hand Hold may need to change. Timing the movement correctly is important, especially when more than one Couple is making the same change.
For example, Allemande often follows a Figure which leaves the Scottish Country Dancers in Promenade hold, Facing Up on the Centre line; it is satisfyingly elegant when the Men raise their Partners' right hands at exactly the beginning of bar 1 of the Allemande but disappointingly sloppy when the Timing is poor.

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