Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Corner

The Corner is one of the Supporting dancers in a Repeat of a dance from the perception of the Dancing man or Lady. See Corner Position for precise details.

Although the term, Corner, which refers to an individual Dancer, is used more commonly, the term Corner position, which refers to a Place, is much more precise in the description of a dance. However, a Man's Corner (person) will always be a Lady, and vice versa, whereas his/her Corner position can be occupied by a Man or a Lady.

A good teacher will only use the unqualified term, Corner, while that Dancer is still in her/his appropriate Corner position; when the Dancer is elsewhere, Corner is acceptable only if qualified by the location as for example for bars 21-24 of the Scottish Country Dance Mairi's Wedding:

"1st couple dance Half diagonal reels of four Giving right shoulders to First corners (in Partners' First corner positions)".

Diagram, Structure Of 3 Couple Longwise Set Scottish Country Dance

Structure of 3 Couple Longwise Set

Dancers, Positions and Directions in a Longwise, Active, 3-couple set: after the most common Progression. The shaded area is defined as the Inside of The set. The arrows are indicators of Direction, only, not paths followed.



Diagram, Structure Of Square Set Scottish Country Dancing

Structure Of Square Set

Dancers, Positions and Directions in a 4 couple square set: Corners and Opposites are shown for 1st couple only. The shaded area is defined as the Inside of The set. The arrows are indicators of Direction, only, not paths followed.



Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Corner, 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:

Dalesman
Famous Grouse
Ferla Mor
Floating On Air
King's Causeway
Lantern Of The North
Olive Tree
Our Highland Queen
Tappie Toorie (Priddey)
Thrums Cairn


Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Corner in a Longwise Set

Corner Video Clip

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