Figures Of EightThis plural form, Figures of eight, is used to indicate that two or more Dancers follow paths with some form of symmetry (parallel or mirror), each of which is a Figure of eight. If their paths intersect, Precedence will apply and the paths will not be completely symmetrical (see the diagram below for an example of the half form).
Figures of Eight Across Halfway - Lady and Man Down
In a Strathspey, a Man and a Lady should Take hands at every opportunity when meeting on the Centre line in the mirror form of Figures of eight on the Side and when their paths intersect as they Cross up or Down in Figures of eight across; in Quick tempo dances, it may only be practical to touch hands briefly. In Double figures of eight across, it is probably wiser not to try to Take hands, even in a Strathspey.
While this Figure mostly occurs in Longwise sets and so is described for those, the term can also be used for any similar movement in a Circular set.
See also Figure of eight, in which one dancer performs this Figure alone, and Double figures of eight across, in which four dancers perform.
Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Figures of eight, 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:
Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Figures Of EightFigures Of Eight Video Clip
Links To Pages Related To 'Figures Of Eight'Figures
Cross And Cast
Cross, Cast And Half Figures Of Eight
Figure Of Eight
Figures Of Eight
Double Figures Of Eight Across Halfway
Figures Of Eight Across
Figures Of Eight Across Halfway
Figures Of Eight On The Sides
On The Spot
Pull Left Shoulder Back
Pull Right Shoulder Back
Reel(s) Of Three
Reel(s) Of Four
Reel(s) Of Five
Reel(s) Of Six
Set And Cast
Set And Cross
Turn And Cast
Additional search terms: Figs of 8.