Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lead Up

To Lead up, the Scottish Country Dancers Take hands and Travel Up the Centre line of The set. The distance to be Travelled is either explicitly stated (for example, Lead up to 2nd Places) or determined by the following Figure (for example, Lead up and Cast to 2nd Places) or implied as Lead up to Original Places if following Lead down.

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 up, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Balvenie Castle
Campbell's Frolic
Dunivard Reel
Granny Knot (Boehmer)
Last Of The Lairds
Lorn Strathspey
Raven's Dance
Trefoil Badge

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