Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Cross Up

The dancing term Cross up is often expressed more precisely as Lead up, Crossing in Scottish Country Dancing.

It means Dance Across The set Diagonally Up for one Place, or the specified number if different. Note that, when that Place is occupied by a Standing dancer, the Crossing Up 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 Left hands and he should guide her in front of him into her new Position; if starting from Opposite Sides, they should Take Right hands.

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

Across The Esk
Birks Of Invermay
Black Walnut
Braw Sir John
Christina McLellan
City In Bloom
Let's Dance Before It Rains
Queen's Visit
Silver Hamer
Where Are We Going?

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