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:
- if the next Figure is Cast up on the same Sides, Take Nearer hands;
- if the dancers are on Opposite Sides and the next Figures are Cross and Cast up, Take Left hands;
- if the next Figure is a movement involving Both hands (but not crossed as in Promenade), Take Nearer hands.
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
Fair Jennie's Jig
More Bees A-Dancing
Salute To Miss Milligan
St Margaret's Jig
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