Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Diagonal Line

A Diagonal line is a line from a Place on one Side line of a Longwise set to a Place one or more Places Up or Down on the Opposite Side.

The line joining the First corner positions is called the First corners' Diagonal and the line joining the Second corner positions is called the Second corners' Diagonal.

Shallower Diagonal lines, for example between 1st Lady's Place and 2nd Man's Place, are also important in some Scottish Country Dance Figures, notably the Strathspey poussette.

Diagram, Structure Of 3 Couple Longwise Set Scottish Country Dance

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

ABC Jig (Burnell)
Because He Was A Bonnie Lad
Katrelian Strathspey
McNichol Of The Black Isle
Monifieth Star
New Scotia Quadrille
Queen's Quadrille
Staffin Harvest

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