Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bonnie Belinda

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Bonnie Belinda (M-4x(S16+R16)) 4C Set Lewis N Derrick 1987

Strathspey
1-2 With hands joined on the sidelines, all set to partners
3-4 The 1st and 2nd couples, likewise the 3rd and 4th couples, dance right hands across halfway
5-6 With hands joined on the sidelines, all set to partners
7-8 The 2nd and 1st couples, likewise the 4th and 3rd couples, dance right hands across halfway, the 1st and 3rd women and the 2nd and 4th men turning in by pulling back right shoulders on bar 8 to end in two diagonal lines facing partners ready for a half pousette
9-12 The 1st and 2nd couples, likewise the 3rd and 4th couples, dance a half pousette to change places; on bars 11-12 the 2nd and 3rd couples drop back to the sidelines in top and bottom places respectively while the 1st and 4th couples turn into another diagonal line in the centre of the set ready for a further half pousette
13-16 The 1st and 4th couples dance a half pousette to change places, dropping back to the sidelines on bars 15-16

Reel
17-18 With hands joined on the sidelines, all set to partners
19-20 The 2nd and 4th couples, likewise the 1st and 3rd couples, dance right hands across halfway
21-22 With hands joined on the sidelines, all set to partners
23-24 The 4th and 2nd couples, likewise the 3rd and 1st couples, dance right hands across halfway
25-32 The 2nd and 3rd couples set to partners and cross over giving right hands (four bars) and repeat back to own sides (four bars) while, crossing up to begin, the 4th couple dances a figure of eight around the 2nd couple and, crossing down to begin, the 1st couple dances a figure of eight around the 3rd couple; ending 2413 on own sidelines

Repeat three more times from new positions each time

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, Bonnie Belinda, was devised for Belinda Keeley.

Suggested tune: The Kale Pot or Miss Johnstone.

Devised July 1987; first published 1989; republished electronically 2020.

Copyright 1987, 1989, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Books, Volume 4, The McGhie's Seat And Other Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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