Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Turn Both Hands

When Turning both hands, two Dancers Take Both hands and proceed round each other clockwise, Finishing in their Starting Positions unless the amount of Turn requires otherwise.

In Quick tempo Scottish Country Dances, Pas-de-basque is the default step for this Turning movement as, for example, in bars 19-20 of Duke of Perth. Completing the Turn in the prescribed 2 bars is demanding, especially as the Dancing couple have to Finish Facing Second corners; however, in this example, the Turn follows Setting to first corners and so the Dancers can advantageously make some progress around each other in the left foot step of that preceding Figure before they Take hands.

Turn both hands in Strathspeys always requires the Travelling Step; in a few Quick tempo dances, (mostly Ceilidh dancing but also The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh), the Skip change Travelling Step is prescribed.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Turn both hands, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Betty Grant's Strathspey
Dancing Diamonds
Follow Your Love
J.B. Milne
Jimp Waist
Lovers' Knot
Mince And Tatties
Pretty Polly
Ruffian's Rant
Steeple Rock

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Turn Both Hands

Turn Both Hands Video Clip

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Additional search terms: Turn 2H (MiniCrib).