Dance Blue Bonnets 588

See also: Blue Bonnets (?, (unknown))

Jig · 32 bars · 2 couples · Longwise - 4

Devised by
Unknown
Intensity
44 44 80 88 = 62% (1 turn), 43% (whole dance)
Formations
Steps
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change
Published in
Recommended Music
Extra info
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The dark ...

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The dark blue bonnet, or cap, is a typical article of traditional male Scottish attire, and it should not come as a big surprise that the »blue bonnets« in this case refer to the Scots in arms against the English (All the blue bonnets are o'er the border – Sir Walter Scott).

During the past few centuries, Scottish military units sported a variety of bonnets including the »Balmoral bonnet« (a fairly flat cap similar to a beret, but with a cockade and badge at the front left and a »toorie« or fluffy woolen pom-pom, usually red, at the centre of the crown) and the »Glengarry bonnet« (a more elaborate item more like a fore-and-aft or »overseas« cap, with a cockade, badge, red toorie and often a red-and-white diced band at the bottom, cock feathers and long streamer ribbons in the back). Nowadays only the Glengarry bonnet remains in military use, although the Balmoral bonnet is still popular as a part of Highland dress. In So You're Going to Wear the Kilt, J. Charles Thompson claims that »some of my Scottish advisors […] have no use for a Glengarry for anyone of any age who is not forced to wear it by military regulations«.

The music for the dance used to be called Lesley's March (its namesake, one General Lesley, lived in the 17th century and fought, like many other Scots, on the Swedish side in the Thirty-Year War on the Continent before returning to Scotland to lead the army of the »covenanters« against Cromwell), but was renamed Blue Bonnets o'er the Border after Sir Walter Scott had come up with appropriate words to suit the tune.

Blue Bonnets 2/4L · J32

1–
1W+2M A&R ; dance BtoB
9–
1M+2W repeat
17–
1c lead down the middle and up
25–
1c+2c Poussette

Blue Bonnets 2/4L · J32

1-8
1L+2M Adv+Ret & dance DoSiDo
9-16
1M+2L Adv+Ret & dance DoSiDo
17-24
1s lead down the middle & back
25-32
1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

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Truus de Ceuster
Added on: June 7, 2013, 9:35 p.m.
Quality: Informal/Social

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Eric Ferguson
Added on: June 10, 2015, 11:10 a.m.
Quality: Informal/Social

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Eric Ferguson
Added on: Oct. 25, 2015, 12:28 a.m.
Quality: Animation

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FSCDC 21 July 2015 2015-07-21 Anselm Lingnau July 29, 2015, 12:37 a.m.
Brussels day school April 2016 2016-04-30 Raphaelle orgeret May 2, 2016, 10 p.m.
Keith's Beginners List Keith Paterson Oct. 15, 2013, 7:55 a.m.
Oldenburg 2015-04-06 2015-04-06 Sir Toby April 11, 2015, 5:50 p.m.
Gruppe 61 - Stuttgart 2015-04-28 Meinhard Reiser April 30, 2015, 3:17 p.m.
Delmenhorst 2013-08-13 2013-08-13 Sir Toby Aug. 13, 2013, 9:13 p.m.
Cologne Ball 2009 - Magic Colours 2009-09-26 Anja Breest Sept. 30, 2015, 3:31 p.m.
150719 Schlehenfest Denkendorf 2015-07-05 Meinhard Reiser June 18, 2015, 4:04 p.m.
Surbiton 12th May 2016 2016-05-12 Jenny Kendrick April 20, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
Scotia 5 October 2015-10-05 Deborah Leary Oct. 3, 2015, 10:09 p.m.
St Columba's Dancers 3-10-16 Sept. 16, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
2014 TAC SS Ball Saturday Chris Ronald June 29, 2014, 3:55 p.m.
Scotia Feb. 16th, 2015 2015-02-16 Sue Ronald Feb. 12, 2015, 6:18 p.m.
TAC 2016 Summer School Sunday Social 2016-07-31 Barbara Johnston March 9, 2016, 8:54 a.m.
160910/11 HG Games Stuttgart 2016-09-10 Meinhard Reiser Aug. 8, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Surbiton ~ 151112 Dance 2015-11-12 James Wilson Nov. 6, 2015, 2:14 p.m.
New YorK Branch summer dancing August 4, 2016 Sue Ronald July 31, 2016, 11:15 p.m.
Surbiton 2nd June 2016 2016-06-02 Jenny Kendrick May 27, 2016, 6:35 p.m.
New Haven Highland Ball 2015-03-07 Peter Price Nov. 24, 2014, 12:13 a.m.
Surbiton 8th September 2016 2016-09-08 Jenny Kendrick Aug. 31, 2016, 8:44 p.m.
2014 TAC SS 1-Sunday Chris Ronald June 29, 2014, 3:56 p.m.
J.C. Ball 2009 James Betts Jan. 20, 2012, 2:06 p.m.
GASP - Oct. 31 2014 John Bottriell Feb. 26, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Burns Social 2015-01-29 Felix Hamelbeck Jan. 25, 2015, 11:58 a.m.
RSCDS BHS 2012-10-13 Autumn Social 2012-10-13 David McQuillan Oct. 3, 2012, 1:37 p.m.
St. John's (NFLD) Fall 2015 Social 2015-11-14 Martin Mulligan Oct. 27, 2015, 8:43 p.m.
Red Deer Ball 2016 2016-04-09 Gail Michener March 27, 2016, 9:32 p.m.
KW RSCDS Burns Supper 2015 2015-01-24 Jamie McDougall Jan. 14, 2015, 5:39 a.m.
Reading 2013-11-09 Autumn Dance 2013-11-09 David McQuillan Oct. 8, 2013, 11:26 p.m.
San Francisco Valentine's Ball 2016-02-13 Dilip Sequeira Feb. 14, 2016, 12:46 a.m.
Chiswick ~ 160410 Green Dance 2016-04-10 James Wilson April 5, 2016, 1:15 p.m.
Karlsruhe Mid-Summer Ball 2003 2003-06-28 Cord Walter May 23, 2015, 9:39 p.m.
Pinewoods Benefit Ball 2015-12-05 2015-12-05 Charles Liu Nov. 8, 2015, 5:56 p.m.
Surbiton ~ 150611 Dance 2015-06-11 James Wilson June 9, 2015, 11:50 p.m.
Social Dance 9.5.2015 2015-04-11 Felix Hamelbeck May 5, 2015, 7:04 a.m.
Rerr Terr April 5, 2014 2014-04-05 Peter Price March 23, 2014, 4:59 a.m.
Rerr Terr 2014 Deborah Leary Jan. 20, 2014, 1:57 a.m.
47th Frankfurt Spring Ball 2015 2015-04-18 Anselm Lingnau Dec. 19, 2014, 10:36 p.m.
Reading 2012-10-13 October Dance 2012-10-13 David McQuillan Oct. 3, 2012, 2:49 p.m.
Pinewoods 2015 Scottish Session II 2015-07-13 Sue Ronald April 6, 2015, 1:45 a.m.
Pinewoods Scottish Session 1, July 11th-13th, 2014 Sue Ronald May 19, 2014, 8:21 p.m.

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