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Bonnie Anne

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BONNIE ANNE (J96) 4C set Mary Isdal MacNab Dances #14

1-16 All dance petronella round back to places
17-32 1L sets advance to 1M and turns 2H, 1L repeats with 2M, 3M and 4M, as 2L, 3L and 4L dance up 1 place and repeat turning Men. Final turn 4L+1M, 3L+2M, 2L+3M, 1L+4M. Ladies now are on Men's side
33-40 1L followed by 2L, 3L and 4L weave 'out and in' on Men's side till 1L+2L are between 1M+2M and 3L+4L between 3M+4M, all dance across to place
41-48 All set twice to partners and turn RH into Allemande hold in centre
49-64 Each couple in turn sets advancing/turning to form a square set (4 bars each couple), 1s to 1st place facing down, 2s to 4th place, 3s to 2nd place and 4s to 3rd place
65-72 Ladies continue setting while Men set dancing in and turning to face partner and 1M and 4M set twice facing partner as 2M and 3M set once and dance clockwise to face 1M/4M forming a line in centre for reel of 4. 2143
73-80 Ladies set while Men dance reel of 4 and end facing partners
81-88 All set twice and turn 2H into longwise positions
89-96 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance All Round Poussette (Popular variation - progressive Poussette and repeat dance from new positions)

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

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The Story Of Bonnie Anne, may be considered unlikely, along with the origins of the alternative dance names, An Rioghal Leanabh and The Royal Child.

It may be worth noting that the collector of this dance, Mary Isdal MacNab, taught some of her dances at the RSCDS summer school in 1948, (and died in 1966) and that Princess Anne, a royal child, was born in 1950, perhaps giving a more likely origin for the title.

The RSCDS' Miss Milligan chose the pipe tune 'The Glendaruel Highlanders' as the original tune for the dance Bonnie Anne.

Bonnie Anne, Princess Royal
Elizabeth, Philip, Charles And Anne - Bonnie Anne, Princess Royal?

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