Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Set On The Side (Line)s

In Scottish Country Dancing depending upon the context, Set on the side (line)s may mean either:

Set in line on the Sides, i.e., the dancers are in the Side lines and Facing Across The set; or

Set Facing Up and down on the Sides, i.e., the dancers are Facing each other along the Side lines (usually in adjacent Places).

At the risk of verbosity, the more explicit forms are preferable.

Here are the first 2 bars of the Scottish Country Dance strathspey Kilkenny Castle -
1s 2s Set on the sides


For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Set on the sides, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Cherrybank Gardens
Cuckoo Clock
Diamond Jubilee
Follow Me Home
Ooh Chihuahua
Quarries' Jig
Singing Sands

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