Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hands Round To The Right

In Hands round to the right (In Scottish Country Dancing sometimes called 'circle to the right' or 'right hands round'), 3, 4 or more dancers join Nearer hands to form a circle and Dance anticlockwise round, using the Strathspey travelling step in a Strathspey and the Slip step in a Quick tempo dance.

This Figure is normally allocated 4 bars and, ideally, the dancers should Finish in their Starting Positions: 4 or fewer dancers should always achieve this; unless extra Time is allocated, it is difficult for 6 dancers and impracticable with more. However, Finishing in the Starting Positions is not critical if the Figure is followed immediately by some other Figure which will return the dancers to their Starting Positions, such as Hands round to the left or Chase clockwise or if it is preceded by such a Figure and the objective is to return to the Starting Positions of that preceding Figure.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Hands round to the right, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Betty's Jig
Border Weavers
Finnan Haddies
Holy Cow
Just Like Clockwork
Never Look Back
Song Of The Waves
Welcome To The Dance
West End Strathspey

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