Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lead Down

To Lead down the dancers Take hands and Travel Down the Centre line of The set.

The distance to be Travelled is either explicitly stated (for example, Lead down Below 3rd Couple) or determined by the following Figure (for example, Lead down and Cast up round 3rd Couple) or determined by the number of bars allocated coupled with the dancers' enthusiasm and the space available.

Three dancers Take Nearer hands. A Man and a Lady normally Take Right hands unless the following Figure is better suited by Nearer hands or Left hands. For example:

The Time allocated is commensurate with the distance to be Travelled.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Lead down, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
12 Coates Crescent
Dark Mile
Duncan MacCalman
Fair Jennie's Jig
Lothian Lads
More Bees A-Dancing
Salute To Miss Milligan
Silver Glen
St Margaret's Jig
Worcester Permain

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