Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Slow Turn

The Slow turn uses the Open grip; it is the standard form when adequate Time is available and is important as a means of using up the Time when more than enough is prescribed.

In bars 5-8 of Mairi's Wedding, the Slow turn is an extreme contrast to the Quick turn in bars 1-2. It is most important to recognize that the Hold for bars 5-8 in that dance is completely different from that in bars 1-2. A similar situation can arise with Turn corner, partner, corner, partner when the subsequent Figure requires the final Turn to be of much less extent than the three previous Turns.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Slow turn, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Atlantic Crossing
Haste Ye Back
Miss Gibson's Strathspey
Miss Milligan's Strathspey
Reel Friends

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