Petronella ~ Contra Petronella

Petronella is a Scottish Country Dance. It is a traditional dance with no clear origin. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. R32

This is an old Scottish dance, the Scottish Dancing Dictionary hints that the dance developed in the early 19th century. It was collected in the first of the RSCDS's books.

As this dance is rather boring for the 2s a number of variations have arisen, and I include 3 here. The first time through the set everyone does what the book says. In the second the petronella is modified so that the 2s are involved, and in the third the petronella is modified in a different way to include the 2s — several of these variations have been repeated in the American Contra dance of the same name.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

1-161s dance full petronella ending where they started
17-241s lead down the middle and back
25-321s+2s poussette

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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