Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Be My Partner

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BE MY PARTNER (S4x40) 4C set Zoltán Gräff A Reel Goulash Budapest Book of SCDs

1- 8 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance double Figs 8 (1s and 4s cast, 2s cross up, 3s cross down)
9-16 2s+3s dance the Tourbilink:
   9-10 2s+3s ½ turn partners 2H, 2M and 3L lead partners nearer hands joined 1 place clockwise to end 2s on Ladies' side and 3s on Men's side
   11-14 2s+3s Set&Link on the sides
   15-16 2s+3s chase clockwise round one place. 1(3)(2)4
17-24 1s+3s and 2s+4s dance the "Tourbilink". 3(1)(4)2
25-32 All dance RSh reel of 4 on sides
33-40 1s+4s dance ½ RH across, 1L+4L and 1M+4M set facing up/down on sides and ½ turn RH, 1s+4s set to partner. 3142

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Be My Partner 40 bar Strathspey for four couples by Zoltán Gräff 2006

1-8 1C+2C and 3C+4C dance double figure of eight (2C start up and cross, 3C start down and cross). All finish in original position
9-16 2C+3C dance the tourbilink figure (finish in order of 1,3,2,4; 3C and 2C opposite side)
17-24 1C+3C and 2C+4C dance the tourbilink figure (finish in order of 3,1,4,2, 1C and 4C opposite side)
25-32 Reels of four on the sides
33-40 1C+4C dance half right hands across; 1L to 4L and 1M to 4M set and half right hand turn; 1C and 4C set to partner. Finish in order 3, 1, 4, 2

Repeat the dance three more times.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Zoltán Gräff, 2006)

Dance Notes

Tourbilink figure:
With this figure two couples change places and everyone finishes on opposite side. The figure is a merge of the tourbillon, Set&Link and chase figures. Its name refers to this.

bar 1: 1C and 2C half turn both hands
bar 2: 1C release left hand, 2C release right hand, ¼ chase clockwise
bar 3-6: 1C and 2C Set&Link for two
bar 7-8: 1C and 2C ¼ chase clockwise - without joining hands

(Dance notes by the deviser, Zoltán Gräff, 2006)

Dance Instruction Videos

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Dance Information

This dance, Be My Partner, was a present for Judit Kerner and Áron Diószegi on the occasion of their wedding.

Tune: Any 4x40 bar Strathspey.

Published in
Dance information from A Reel Goulash 1, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances (2011), reproduced here with the kind permission of Zoltán Gräff.

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