Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cross And Cast

Although Cross and cast is no more than a combination of Cross (By the right), Finishing Facing Out, followed by Cast individually (one Place) on the Opposite Side, it is important as the most common movement by the 1st Couple to establish the Progression to 2nd Place in a 3 Couple Longwise, Active Set; 2nd Couple usually Step up during the Casting.

Note that the Dancing couple Finish on Opposite Sides. See Cross, Cast And Half Figures Of Eight for a combination Figure with the same Progression but with the Dancing couple Finishing on Own Sides.

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

Blithest Lass That Ever Was Seen
Bonnie Kitty
Bridge Of Nairn
Campbell Of Cawdor
Chapel On The Hill
Crooket Horned Ewie
Hooper's Jig
Long Sands
Memories (Burrage)
Merrily Danced The Quaker's Wife

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Cross And Cast

Cross And Cast Video Clip

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