> At last year's Cambridge Uni Highland Ball there was a dem with petronellas > going to the left.
There is nothing unusual about petronellas going to the left. Think »Not I«,
or »Frog in the Middle«, or »Woo'd and Married and a'«. These may not be among
the most popular dances these days but they're out there (and have been for a
The nasty thing about the petronella turns in these dances is that they go
towards the left but you still get to start on the right (as in »opposite from
left«, not as in »correct«) foot, and starting from the centre of the set you
still get to finish in the sideline. This does somewhat put into perspective
the fairly vanilla left-foot pas de basque at the start of the (male) quick-
And then there's »He Danced Awa'«, by Hugh Foss.
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