Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Quick Turn Grip

The Quick turn grip (Sometimes called 'tight turn grip'), is the formal Hold used for a Quick turn in both Strathspeys and Quick tempo Scottish Country Dances when limited Time is available for a Turn by the right or By the left.

The hands should first be Gripped as for shaking hands; then, as the dancers approach closer, the wrists are rotated, clockwise from each dancer's point of view for a Turn by the right, anticlockwise for a Turn by the left, so that the forearms become locked vertically. This gives better control in Corner, Partner, Corner, Partner, for example, though the final Turn by the left with Partner is usually less than halfway and so would need an Open grip.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term Quick turn grip, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
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