Normally, in a Quick tempo dance, 2 bars are allocated for each Crossing movement so that the complete Figure takes 16 bars (as in the formal version of The Eightsome Reel in bars 24-40 and 424-464); in Strathspeys, 8 bars are sufficient.
In a Longwise, Active set of 4 Couples, usually the Couples in Top and Bottom Places Cross By the right and those in the 2nd and 3rd Places Cross on the sides By the right to start. In a Quick tempo dance, the complete Figure takes 16 bars; the phrasing should then be 2 bars for each Dancer Passed. In a Strathspey, it more commonly takes only 8 bars, 1 bar per Dancer Passed.
In a Longwise, Active set of 3 Couples, usually the Couple in Top Place Cross By the right and the other Couples Cross on the sides By the right to start; the lower diagram shows an example as in bars 17-24 of Mrs MacPherson of Inveran. The complete Figure normally takes only 8 bars. It is important to Phrase the Figure so as to Pass three Dancers in the first 4 bars and the other three in the second 4 bars. One will often notice a Dancer counting "1" on Passing the first Dancer, "2" on the second, "3 and 4" on the third, "5" on the fourth, "6" on the fifth and "7 and 8" on the last; this is a good discipline though the actual phrasing should be made more even than this implies.
In a Circular set with 3 Couples, the complete Figure normally takes only 8 bars and the phrasing is as for the Longwise, Active set with 3 Couples.
Hands should first be taken as though shaking hands; the joined hands should be raised to shoulder height of the shorter person on the approach and released from that level as the Dancers Pass. The first rule of Palm Position should be applied between a Man and a Lady and Eye contact, at least briefly, is important while the hands are raised. To allow the joined hands to drop Below shoulder height before releasing is uncomfortable and looks ugly.