Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cross Down

The term Cross down is often expressed more precisely as Lead down, Crossing.

It means Dance Across The set Diagonally Down for one Place, or the specified number if different. Note that, when that Place is occupied by a Standing dancer, the Crossing Down must be extended by half a Place. When a Man and a Lady are involved, and starting from their Own sides, they should normally Take Right hands and he should guide her in front of him into her new Position; if starting from Opposite Sides, they should Take Left hands as, for example, in the first two bars of the Figures of eight across halfway in the diagram.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Cross down, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Alex Jappy's Pleasure
Angel Bank
At The Top Of The Hill
Bejant Royal
Dance Illustrator
Noah's Ark (van Maarseveen)
Silver Halsway
Sport Of The Chase
St Anne's Reel
Swan On The Lake
Trek To Kyrgyzstan

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