Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bonnie Charlie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

BONNIE CHARLIE (R4x32) 4C set Ed Stern Blue Ribbon Collection and Let's All Dance

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s circle 4H round and back
9-16 1s in prom hold (Lady on Man's Left) dance down the middle and dance up behind Men back to places
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32 1s ½ turn RH and dance down opposite sides and turn RH at bottom 1½ times

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

The title of this dance, Bonnie Charlie, comes from Bonnie Charlie - Poem written by Perthshire-born Lady Nairne (1766-1845).

Bonnie Charlie's noo awa
Safely o'er the friendly main;
He'rts will a'most break in twa
Should he no' come back again.

The song, especially its melody, is widely and traditionally used as a song of farewell.

Bonnie Charlie Song - Information Video

Bonnie Charlie Painting Image
"Portrait Of Charles Edward Stuart (1720-1788)" Louis Gabriel Blanchet (1705-1772), Oil On Canvas, c. 1738

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