Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Elbow Grip

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, Partner, Corner, Partner, though the final Turn by the left with Partner 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 -
Airdrie Lassies
Buchan Eightsome Reel
Gavin's Reel
Phantom Piper

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