Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Bend In The River

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

A Bend In The River by Sue McKinnell 8x32 Strathspey for 3C

1-8 1W, followed by 1M dance down between 2C, out the side between 2W and 3W, cast behind 3W, dance up the center between 3C, dance out the side between 2M and 3M, cast behind 3M. 1C meet in the center below 3C; 2C step up on bars 1-2.
9-12 1C dance up to the center in 2nd place and turn both hands once round, ending in 2nd place on own sides, 1W facing down and 1M facing up. 2W and 3W turn on bar 12 to face down,
WHILE 2M and 3M turn on bar 12 to face up.
13-16 2C, 1C, and 3C chase CW ½ way to end 3, 1, 2 on opposite sides.
17-24 2C, 1C, and 3C dance set and link for 3 couples twice to end 2, 1, 3 on own sides.
25-32 2C and 1C dance a non-progressive Rondel: 1C cross up beneath the arch made by 2C, who cross down, and all cast up or down to meet on the sides (bars 25-27); 1W and 2W dance across the set under the arch made by 1M and 2M (there is no crossing here) and all cast up or down to dance in the ends (bars 28-30); 1C dance down to 2nd place on own sides under an arch made by 2C, who dance up to 1st place on own sides.


(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Apr 2001)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Suggested music is Bonnie Flowers O'er the Muir from None So Pretty.

Bend In The River
Horseshoe Bluff In Jackson County Illinois Opposite Of Rawlins Bend On The East Side Of The Big Muddy River

Dance information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell.
Image copyright Efenglom (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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