Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rights And Lefts Diagonally

In Scottish Country Dancing, Rights and lefts diagonally (sometimes called 'diagonal rights and lefts') is a version of Right and lefts in which the path is distorted Diagonally. The Figure should be Finished with a Polite turn unless the succeeding Figure requires otherwise.

The rectangle in a Longwise set becomes a parallelogram with Crossing (Across The set) replaced by Crossing Diagonally. For example, in bars 9-16 of My Heather Hills: first, the Dancing couple, in 2nd Place on Opposite Sides, Cross diagonally, the Lady going Up, the Man going Down, and so Exchange places with their Second corner positions; next, they Cross up and down on the sides to reach 2nd Place on their Own sides; then, they Cross diagonally, Lady Up, Man Down to Exchange places with their First corner positions; finally, they Cross up and down on the sides and so reach 2nd Place on their Opposite Sides. This Figure takes 8 bars but involves 6 rather than 4 dancers: the Dancing couple Dance continuously and Finish in their Starting Positions; the Corners Dance in either the first or the second half and Finish diagonally opposite their Starting Positions.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Rights and lefts diagonally, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Auchinellan Jig
Bonny Lads Of Earley
Bruce's Men
Dream Catcher
Kilkenny Castle
La Valletta
Singing Sands
Unit 5
Whistling Wind

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Rights And Lefts Diagonally

Rights And Lefts Diagonally Video Clip

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