Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Keik Ben

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Keik Ben
Maggie and Duncan Keppie Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 3: Corners
32 bar Jig
Couple facing couple in a circle Round The Room

  1-8   REEL OF 3: each person dances a reel of 3 around the room and back (staying on the inner or outer circle) starting by passing opposite by the right shoulder and the next
person around the room by the left shoulder, turn to come back, and complete the reel back to place: end with men facing away from partner ready for;

  9-12 TURN OPPOSITE RIGHT: turn opposite person with right hand once round;

13-16 OLD STYLE RIGHTS AND LEFTS: starting with opposite dance rights and lefts with no hands and one step to pass each person and end facing partner;

17-20 TURN PARTNER LEFT HAND: turn partner once round with left hands;

21-24 LEFT HAND WHEEL: with the opposite couple dance left hands across, ending both hands joined with partner and slightly angled so men can pass back-to-back at the beginning of the next formation;

25-32 ANCIENT POUSSETTE: 1st and 2nd couples dance anticlockwise 1½ times around other couple on a diamond pattern finishing with ½ turn to end facing next couple around the circle; i.e. dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 25), dance to opposite place with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 26), dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 27), dance to original place with a ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 28), repeat Bars 25-26 and turn ½ clockwise to end facing next couple around the circle (N.B. the Pas de Basque step is used throughout).


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

Dance Information

"Keik Ben" is Scots for "look here".

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