Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Turn Corner, Partner, Corner, Partner

In Scottish Country Dancing, Turn corner, partner, corner, partner is an abbreviation of: Turn First corner By the right, Turn Partner By the left, Turn Second corner By the right, Turn Partner By the left. It is frequently abbreviated further to Corner, partner, corner, partner.

It starts with the Dancing couple in the centre of a Longwise set Facing their First corners. Successively, they both Turn their First corners By the right, Turn each other By the left 1ΒΌ times to Face their Second corners, both Turn their Second corners By the right and finally Turn each other By the left; the extent of the final Turn is determined by the subsequent Figure.

The Quick turn grip (or, more casually, the Elbow grip) should be used throughout though, if the Dancing couple need to be in their Own side lines at the end, the final Turn by the left is only about 38 and so an Open hold is very much better for this.


Turn corner, partner, corner, partner, in reverse is a rare, derivative form in which the Dancers follow the reverse path, i.e., the sequence is: Turn Second corner By the left, Turn Partner By the right, Turn First corner By the left, Turn Partner By the right. It occurs in bars 9-16 of Bill Forbes' Rant. As also with Turn corner, partner, corner, partner, the extent of the final Turn is determined by the subsequent Figure; in this dance, it becomes Turn by the right halfway so that the Dancing couple Finish in 2nd Place on Own sides.
For example, here are some other Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Turn corner, partner, corner, partner, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Ayrshire Lasses
Black Mountain Reel
Dalkeith's Strathspey
Duke And Duchess Of Edinburgh
Duke Of Perth
Gavin's Reel
John McAlpin
Strathglass House
Sugar Candie
White Heather Jig

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Turn Corner, Partner, Corner, Partner

Turn Corner, Partner, Corner, Partner Video Clip

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