How to end a figure often depends on what follows. In this particular case,
based on the instructions I've read and what I know generally about SCD, it
would not even occur to me as an option to chop this into independent two-bar
release-hands movements. I would have taken it as a given to retain hands
from the hands across into the turn partners. There are other dances with
this as well as the reverse (turn partner half way and then join together in
half four hands across), and I believe that the intend has always been to retain
hands with partner over the full four bars. Also, I don't think that this
is a conflict per se with the manual, which is detailing the figure in
isolation without any context within a dance, which can always make a difference.
Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
In a message dated 3/5/2009 3:55:16 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Discussion with my wife on this one.
1-4 1st and 2nd couples right hands across 1/2 round then turn partners with
right hands back to own sides
5-8 1st and 2nd couples left hands across 1/2 round then turn partners with
left hands to original places.
RSCDS Manual states:
6.13.3 Four hands across half-way round (2steps)
1. 1st and 2nd couples dance one long step in and round, giving right hands
to form a wheel.
2. Releasing hands, all dance out to new positions.....
After walking these 8 bars I feel doing it as stated in the RSCDS manual
feels jerky . I think it flows much better by keeping your partners hand at
the end of the hands across half-way and finishing the 4 bars by turning out
to your own side. There either ready for bars 5-8 or 9-12 (petronella
I don't recall ever doing this dance and would like to hear from others.
Flying Ghillies SCD
Dayton, Ohio, USA