Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Bonnie Breist Knots

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BONNIE BREIST KNOTS (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Border Book

1- 8 1M+2L set to each other and turn RH, 1L+2M repeat
9-16 1s+2s circle 4H round to left, 1s set and cast to face 1st corners
17-24 1s set and turn 1st corners, set and turn 2nd corners
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on sides with corners (LSh to 1st corner) and cross RH to 2nd place own side

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The title refers to a lady's 'breast knot'- the decoration of ribbons on the bodice of a woman's dress.

There is also a Scottish highland dance Bonnie Briest Knot - Highland Dance Video sometimes danced today at Highland games around the world, as part of Scottish National dances repertoire.

Lady's Breist Knot
Lady's Breist Knot
"Perronneau Madame de Sorquainville" Jean-Baptiste Perronneau (1715-1783), Oil On Canvas, c. 1749

Image copyright Jean-Baptiste Perronneau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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