Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bonnie Benbecula

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Bonnie Benbecula (S3x32) 3C set Lewis N Derrick 2019

1-8 All three couples set, dance back to back and set
9-16 The 1st and 3rd couples dance the half reel progression
17-24 Facing in on the diagonal while setting, the 3rd and 2nd couples dance set and rotate, ending 231, all on own sidelines
25-32 Six hands round and back

Repeat twice more from new places each time

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2019)


Dance Notes

Bars 9-16 The half reel progression: The 1st and 3rd couples turn three quarters round by the right hand, dance half a reel of four and turn three quarters round by the right hand, all ending on own sidelines.

Bar 17-24 This figure symbolises the guarding of this beautiful island.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick)


Dance Information

This dance, Bonnie Benbecula, was devised by Lewis Derrick in memory of Sheila Jupp, who spent her childhood on this Hebridean island.

Suggested tune: Crawhillock (trad.)

Devised 2019, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 2019, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.



Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #6, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.

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