Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gypsy Turn

Exceptionally in Scottish Country Dancing, Gypsy Turn is a rare form of Turn for two Dancers in which hands are not given; instead, the Dancers Travel individually around each other. They do not Take hands and so the Direction of rotation must be specified by a term such as Give right shoulder; since there is no physical contact, Eye contact is especially important.
For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Gypsy Turn, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Courtship
Three-Legged Cat

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Gypsy Turn

Gypsy Turn Video Clip

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