Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Half Rondel

The Half Rondel Figure is used as a Progression in Quick tempo Scottish Country Dances using Skip change to interchange adjacent Couples in a Longwise set; while it is related to the Rondel, it is in no sense a half Figure since it requires 8 bars. Bars 1-4 cover the same movements as bars 1-3 of Rondel; Bars 5-8 are quite different. When performed by 1st and 2nd Couples, from their Original Places, it consists of:

Bars 1-2
1st Couple Lead down to 2nd Place under an Arch made by 2nd Couple Dancing up to 1st Place;

Bars 3-4
2nd Couple Cross up Above 1st Place and Cast to 1st Place While 1st Couple Cross down Below 2nd Place and Cast up to 2nd Place, both Couples Finishing on Opposite Sides Facing In;

Bars 5-6
2nd and 1st Men and 2nd and 1st Ladies Take Nearer hands on the Sides and Set;

Bars 7-8
2nd and 1st Couples Cross By the right to their Own sides, Finishing Facing In.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Half rondel figure, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Glen Dochart Reel
Marischal College
Train Journey North
Twa Rogueish E'en

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