Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hands Round To The Right

In Hands round to the right (In Scottish Country Dancing sometimes called 'circle to the right' or 'right hands round'), 3, 4 or more dancers join Nearer hands to form a circle and Dance anticlockwise round, using the Strathspey travelling step in a Strathspey and the Slip step in a Quick tempo dance.

This Figure is normally allocated 4 bars and, ideally, the dancers should Finish in their Starting Positions: 4 or fewer dancers should always achieve this; unless extra Time is allocated, it is difficult for 6 dancers and impracticable with more. However, Finishing in the Starting Positions is not critical if the Figure is followed immediately by some other Figure which will return the dancers to their Starting Positions, such as Hands round to the left or Chase clockwise or if it is preceded by such a Figure and the objective is to return to the Starting Positions of that preceding Figure.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Hands round to the right, 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:

Betty's Jig
Border Weavers
Finnan Haddies
Holy Cow!!
Just Like Clockwork
Never Look Back
Song Of The Waves
Welcome To The Dance
West End Strathspey

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