Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Bydand (Keppie)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Bydand (Keppie)
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Gaelic College SCD Book 10: Gordon Reels
3x40 bar Strathspey
3-couple dance in 3-couple longways set

  1-8   CROSSOVER MIRROR REEL OF 3: All dance a reel of 3 giving nearer hands to partner where appropriate, starting with 1st couple crossing through 2nd place on opposite side, 2nd couple dancing out and up, and 3rd couple dancing in and up: all couples cross through 2nd place on opposite side after they reach the top of the reel: all end on opposite side;

  9-12 TEAPOTS: 3-hands across on the side, men with left hands and women with right hands;

13-16 DOWN MIDDLE: 1st followed by 2nd and 3rd couples dance down middle in Gordon Hold (as in Gay Gordons - hands should be offered in Gordon Hold i.e. NOT lifting right hands over women's head);

17-20 UP MIDDLE: turn as in Gay Gordons to dance back up the middle, 3rd couple followed by 2nd and 1st couples;

21-24 TURN: dropping right hands, turn partner once around with left hands;

25-28 CHASE: chase anticlockwise halfway round the set to original places;

29-32 WHEEL: 1st and 2nd couples dance 4 hands across with left hands;

33-40 BRIGADOON: couples in 1st and 2nd positions dance in and down touching nearer hands in the middle, and out one place down the set curling upwards into the side AS couple in 3rd position dance up two places on their own side (NO CAST)(2 bars), then all set nearer hands joined on the side; REPEAT bars 25-28 from new positions (order is now 2nd, 3rd, 1st).

Repeat with new top couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Information

Also see the dance Bydand (Drewry) by John Drewry.

Bydand is a Gordon Motto: Remaining.

Bydand - The Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge
Bydand Cap Badge Of The Gordon Highlanders

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