Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Figures Of Eight Across

In Figures of eight across most commonly, two dancers, usually a Couple, each perform a Figure of eight Across over the same path, Finishing in the Places in which they started.

This full sequence is rarer than either the half form, Figures of eight across halfway, or the double form, Double figures of eight across.

It usually occurs in combination with some other Figure performed by Supporting couples, such as in bars 9-16 of the Scottish Country Dance Friday's Child, in which 1st Man Dances a Figure of eight around 3rd Places While 1st Lady Dances a Figure of eight around 1st Places While the Corners Dance Right and lefts.

In a particularly rare form, as in bars 1-8 of the 5-Couple Reel, Piper's Wedding 2, three dancers each perform a Figure of eight Across over the same path.


For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Figures of eight across, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Aiken Tree
Glenalmond Gamekeeper
Langside Ladies Jig
Morland Triples
Newmachar Reel
Ski Tow
Stars Of The South
Strathcarron
Wellbrae
Wigtown Cross

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