Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Passing Place

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PASSING PLACE (J4x32) 4C Set Charles Snowdon Madison SCD

1- 4 All set, cross to partner's place using 4 slip steps, Men facing down, Ladies facing up.
5- 8 Repeat bars 1-4 Ladies facing down, Men facing up
9-16 All dance 8H round and back. 1s and 4s end in centre nearer hands joined. 1234
17-20 1s+4s advance and retire
21-24 1s and 4s Advance, turn opposite person 1½ LH to end on sides in 3rd and 2nd places (2s and 3s step down/up on 21-22) 2413
25-32 All dance reels of 4 on the sides. 2413

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Dance Information

A Passing Place, often referred to as a passing point or passing bay, is a road feature designed to facilitate the safe overtaking of vehicles on single-track roads.

These roads, typically found in rural or mountainous areas, are only wide enough for one vehicle at a time. The inclusion of passing places helps manage traffic flow by providing periodic wider sections where vehicles can pass each other safely. Passing places are strategically located along these roads at intervals, allowing drivers to pull over and yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.

This practical road design element aims to enhance road safety and efficiency on single-track routes, where the absence of passing places could lead to traffic congestion and challenges in navigation.

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