Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Wrong Side

In Scottish Country Dancing, Wrong sides is often used as a casual expression for the Opposite sides in a Longwise set as, for example, when a Man finds himself on the Ladies' Side or a Lady finds herself on the Men's Side; in written Dance instructions, it is preferable to use the more formal term, Opposite sides.

Much more valuably, Wrong side is a useful term to indicate that the Lady is on the left of the Man rather than on his right as would more normally be expected, for example, when Promenading or when Standing in a Square set, Facing In.


For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Wrong side, has this usage in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Fife Ness
Bonnie Lass O' Bon Accord
Brodick Castle Gardens

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