Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Farewell To Benbecula

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Farewell To Benbecula (S3x32) 3C set Deirdre MacCuish Bark

1- 4 1st couple nearer hands joined: set: 1s and 2s: ½ turn partner 2H: finish in centre: 1s face down and 2s face up.
5- 8 1s and 2s nearer hands joined: set advancing, pass other couple by the left 1s and 2s: ½ turn partner 2H and finish on own sides: 1s are in 2nd place facing out
9-14 2s,1s,3s: R shoulder reel of 3 on the sides: 1W dance out and down as 1M dances out and up to begin. 1s finish in 2nd place facing out.
15-16 1W and 2W; change places LH as 1M and 2M change places RH
17-24 1s: petronella to the right, up and down the dance and set: 1s turn RH 1¼ to top place own sides and face in.
25-32 1s,2s,3s: dance a Slip Knot for 3 couples: finish in the order 2 3 1

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Deirdre MacCuish Bark, 2014)


Farewell To Benbecula 32 bar Strathspey for 3 couples 3x32 Deirdre MacCuish Bark

1 - 2 1st and 2nd couples set with nearer hands joined
3 - 4 1st and 2nd couples half turn partner 2H and finish in the centre with the 1st couple facing down and the 2nd couple facing up.
5 - 6 1st and 2nd couples, nearer hands joined, set advancing, passing the other couple by the left.
7 - 8 1st and 2nd couples half turn partner 2H and finish on the sides with the 1st couple in 2nd place facing out.
9 - 14 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a right shoulder reel of three on the sides of the set. 1W and 3W also 1M and 2M pass right to begin. 1st couple again face out in 2nd place on #14.
15 - 16 1W and 2W change places LH while 1M and 2M change places RH.
17 - 20 1st couple petronella turn to the right finishing in the centre of the dance and set.
21 - 24 1st couple turn partner RH 1¼ to own sides and face in.
25 - 32 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance a Slip Knot for 3 couples
Bars:
25-26 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples, giving right hands, turn partners half-way round to finish in the middle facing down, each woman turning to the right under her partner's arm into allemande hold.
27-29 3rd couple, followed by 2nd and 1st couples, curve round and dance up the women's side, releasing right hands at the end of bar 5.
30 The men, continuing to dance up the women's side, begin to turn as they pass their partners across in front of them. The women take a long step towards the middle.
31-32 1st couple, in third place, turn with the left hand to own sides. At the same time 3rd and 2nd couples dance left hands across halfway round to finish on own sides in the order 2, 3, 1.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Deirdre MacCuish Bark, January 2014)


Dance Instruction Videos

Farewell To Benbecula - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

This dance, Farewell To Benbecula, was devised by Deirdre MacCuish Bark for Theresa Malek to celebrate a special birthday.

Theresa's ancestors were cleared from Benbecula in the 1840s and compelled to emigrate to North America.

Recommended Music: Ribble Valley CD: David Queen's Strathspey or Farewell to Benbecula by Marian Anderson.

Benbecula is an island of the Outer Hebrides in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Scotland. With a population of around 1,200 Benbecula lies between the islands of North Uist and South Uist, to which it is connected by road causeways.

Travel to any of the other main Hebridean islands, or to the Scottish mainland, must be done by air or sea. Benbecula Airport on the island has daily flights to Glasgow, Stornoway and Barra.

Benbecula - Information Video

Beach On Benbecula, Culla Bay Image
Beach On Benbecula, Culla Bay


Dance Information by the deviser, Deirdre MacCuish Bark, January 2014.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Benbecula article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Dr Julian Paren under this Creative Commons Licence.

Back to the top of this Scottish Country Dancing Instructions 'Farewell To Benbecula' page