Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Promenade Hold

In Promenade hold, the Couple Face in the same direction, side-by-side, and Take Both hands, left in left, right in right, with the right hands held at chest height Above the left hands. As an aide-mémoire, remember that the Figure, Allemande, often follows a Figure using Promenade Hold in Scottish Country Dancing, as, for example, in bars 24-25 of The Byron Strathspey; it is only possible to make the transition without letting either hand go when the right hands are Above the left.

This Hold is prescribed for the Figure, Promenade round (see under Travelling in Figures). It is occasionally used in some other Figures, such as Chase, Reel of three or Reel of four, in which a single Dancer is replaced by a Couple.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Promenade hold, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Autumn In Appin
Earl Of Mansfield
Fife Ness
Hay's Australian Ladies
Hunter's Moon
Luckenbooth Brooch
Newby Circle
Prince Of Wales
Rest And Be Thankful

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Promenade Hold

Promenade Hold Video Clip

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