Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

By The Right

Sometimes called right hands, By the right is the most common way for two Scottish Country Dancers to Take hands when Crossing or Turning or Travelling together, side by side. When Travelling together, the joined right hands should be in front at chest height; for all other movements, the hands should be as described in Take hands with relative movement.

By the right is also-

A qualification of a Figure, such as Cross, to indicate that the dancer should pass to the right of (i.e., Give left shoulders to) the approaching dancer (or Couple).

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, By the right, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Balmoral Strathspey
Belle Of Bon Accord
Blue Mess Jacket
Ca' Canny
Cadgers In The Canongate

Links To Pages Related To 'Holds'

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