Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Quarter Petronella

The Quarter petronella is a 4-bar combination of Petronella turn followed by a Setting step; it is performed using Pas-de-basque or the Strathspey setting step throughout.

When performed by 1st Couple from their Original Places in a Longwise set, they both Dance a Petronella turn on bars 1-2, Finishing on the Centre line, the Man Facing Up between the 2nd Couple, the Lady Facing Down one Place Above her Original Place; on bars 3-4, they Set Facing each other. At the end of the Figure, the dancers have moved anticlockwise to the next side of a rectangle formed by the Men's and Ladies' Side lines and lines Across The set one Place Above and Below the Starting Place.

The Figure may be performed from other Positions, as for example in bars 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16 of the full Figure, Petronella.

In some Scottish Country Dances, for example, The Dundee Whaler, two non-adjacent Couples perform the Figure, 2nd and 4th in bars 1-4 and 5-8 and 1st and 3rd in bars 17-20 and 21-24.

When adjacent Couples perform the Figure from their Original Places as, for example, all three Couples in bars 1-4 of the The Byron Strathspey, the extent of the movement along the Centre line in the Petronella turn on bars 1-2 must be restricted so that 1st Man and 2nd Lady, and also 2nd Man and 3rd Lady Finish back to back rather than colliding.

In Square and other Circular sets, the dancers usually proceed one Place anticlockwise around The set as, for example, all four Ladies in bars 33-36 of Johnnie Walker.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Quarter petronella, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Fairbridge Reel
Mrs Stewart Of Fasnacloich

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