Backing out of turns (was Gates of Edinburgh Reels)

Malcolm and Helen Brown

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Greetings;

> [Oberdan:}
>
> I don't recall a dance with 2H PdB turns other than at the end of
> Poussette, for which we retire.

Speed the Plough
Perth Medley
Culloden's Fancy
Rothesay Country Dance
Hamilton House
Miss Bennett's Jig

? Fight about the Fireside?

? Cadgers? (Not according to the Manual, but the way it was danced
by some people pre-manual)

The reason I asked is that when we were taught 2 handed (and therefore
pas de basque) turns - (exceptions Knit the Pocky and D & D of Edinburgh)
we always used one step to dance backwards into the sidelines.
So Muirland Willie had a 4 bar sequence, all pas de basque, of
1 Set
2 Advance
3 1/2 Turn partner
4 Retire

And therefore in Gates of Edinburgh dancing couple set twice, then advance,
turn, turn, retire and at the same time the supporting couples set twice,
advance, turn, turn, and retire - this produces a magical "explosion",
to use a phrase employed by one of our teachers. (It was a full
certificate dance all those years ago, so I think there must have been
a lot of us dancing it the same way then. I know it is still a full
certificate dance, but no-one seems to bother about such details now!)

Malcolm

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