Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Other Left (32 Bar Version)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE OTHER LEFT (J4x32) 4C set Maureen Ainsworth Berkhamsted Diamond Collection
3s and 4s start on opposite sides
2 chords on 2nd chord 3s+4s cross to opposite sides

1- 8 All set to partners and 1M+2L also 3L+4M cross over RH, 1L+2M also 3M+4L cross over LH and all cross RH
9-16 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance RH across, 1s+4s dance LH across
17-24 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance reels of 4 across (2M+1L also 4L+3M passing LSh to start as partners cast into reel)
25-32 1L followed by 4M dance up between top couple and cast round top man (2M) and dance down to 3rd/2nd places while 4L followed by 1M dance down between bottom couple and cast round bottom Man (3M on Ladies' side) to 2nd/3rd places and all turn LH. 24(1)(3)

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Dance Notes

The original version of this dance was dedicated to Pat and John Harvey to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2005. Pat can often be heard saying, "The other left", when correcting the dancers in a class she is teaching.

Subsequently, that original version of the dance was modified by the Berkhamsted Strathspey and Reel Club (with the approval of the deviser) to remove bars 25-32 (see The Other Left (40 Bar Version)) though the dedicatees strongly prefer the original.

Dance Instruction Videos

The Other Left (32 Bar Version) - YouTube Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

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