Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Other Left (40 Bar Version)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Other Left (40 bar version)
Maureen Ainsworth
Jig   4 x 40 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set
3s and 4s cross on second chord.

  1-2   All take hands on the sides and set;

  3-4   1M2L 3L4M cross diagonally by the right;

  5-6   1L2M 3M4L cross diagonally by the left;

  7-8   all cross by the right;

  9-12 2s1s 4s3s right hands across;

13-16 1s4s left hands across, 1M 4M finishing facing out;

17-24 2s1s 4s3s reels of 4 across (2M1L 4L3M giving left shoulder, 2L 4M casting, 1M 3L casting up, to start), 1M 4M finishing facing out;

25-32 1s4s ladies' chain, 1M 4M finishing facing out;

33-36 1L followed by 4M cross up between 2s and cast WHILE 4L followed by 1M cross down between 3s and cast up, finishing 2s4s1s3s, 1s3s on opposite sides.

37-40 all turn by the right.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

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, this 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 (32 Bar Version)) though the dedicatees strongly prefer this original.


Dance Information

Also see the dance Other Left (32 Bar Version) 32 Bar Version.

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