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.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Diagonal line, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
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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