Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PETRONELLA (R8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 1

1-16 1s dance full petronella back to places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back again
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette

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

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Dance Information

Petronella is a traditional Scottish Country Dance devised by Nathaniel Gow in about 1820. It was collected in the first book published by the RSCDS in 1924 for RSCDS Book 1.

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Written variously as 'Petronelle' 'Paternally' 'Paternella', the name's origin is unknown.

The tune is an old Scottish measure probably originating in the early 19th century.

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