What is a 'gypsy turn'?

sophie.rickebusch

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It's a turn where you hold your partner's gaze rather than their hand.
Not officially an SCD term, though the concept does appear in some
country dances (Hand in hand if I remember correctly).

Sophie

Steve Johnson wrote:
> I've come across a dance description from the US that uses the term 'gypsy
> turn', or perhaps more fully: "pull back right shoulders for a half gypsy
> turn to own side (facing out)"
>
> I'm baffled! Could anyone elucidate what a 'gypsy turn' or 'half-gypsy
> turn' is? It's not a phrase I've seen in any of the books or cribs.
>
> Best regards
> --
> Steve
>
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Sophie Rickebusch
Edinburgh, UK

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