The Elbow grip
is an informal Hold
, used in Quick tempo
dances but never in Strathspeys
, as an alternative to the formal Quick turn grip
; it gives better control in, for example, Corner
, though the final Turn by the left
is usually less than halfway and so would need an Open grip
The hand should be cupped round the other Scottish Country Dancer's elbow, with the thumb, as well as the fingers, tucked behind the elbow. Any other position of the thumb is potentially injurious (see various letters in The Lancet, p1191, 23 November and p1440, 21 December 1985).
For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Elbow Grip
, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions
or both -
Buchan Eightsome Reel
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