Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


The term Lead is a general expression for Scottish country dancers Taking hands and Travelling together Down, Up, Across or Out of the Side of The set. Most commonly, the Dancers are a Couple, though they may not be Partners, and sometimes three Dancers are involved.

Lead when unqualified implies Taking Right hands; the Hold can be qualified as Lead Taking Left hands or Lead Taking Nearer hands though Dance, without qualification, is often used as a synonym for the latter.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Lead, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Baldovan Jig
Baldovan Strathspey
Clatterin' Brig
Dunsmuir Strathspey
Earlstoun Loch
Fair Donald
Immigrant Lass
Maxwell's Rant
Netherby Hall
Rakes Of Auld Reekie

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