Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Figure Of Eight On The Side

In the most common form, Figure of eight on the side is a combination of: Dance Down in front of the Standing dancer Below, Cast down round the next Standing dancer, Dance Up in front of him/her and Cast up to the Starting Position.

The reverse form starts with the Casting movement and other forms involve the two Standing dancers Above or one Above and one Below.

To make it clear which form is intended, the deviser or teacher will usually specify which Standing dancers are involved and specify Giving right (or left) shoulders to start.

In a Circular set, the Scottish Country Dancer usually dances all round her/his Partner, starting by passing in front, and then similarly round her/his First corner, Finishing in the Place in which s/he started.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Figure of eight on the side, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Inveruglas Water
Lady Wynd
Land Of The Heather Hills
Lord High Admiral
Mo's Jig
Preston Mill
St John's Jig
Wandering Drummer
Wild Goose Chase

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