Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


The term Lead is a general expression for Scottish country dancers Taking hands and Travelling together Down, Up, Across or Out of the Side of The set. Most commonly, the Dancers are a Couple, though they may not be Partners, and sometimes three Dancers are involved.

Lead when unqualified implies Taking Right hands; the Hold can be qualified as Lead Taking Left hands or Lead Taking Nearer hands though Dance, without qualification, is often used as a synonym for the latter.

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

Baldovan Jig
Baldovan Strathspey
Clatterin' Brig
Dunsmuir Strathspey
Earlstoun Loch
Fair Donald
Immigrant Lass
Maxwell's Rant
Netherby Hall
Rakes Of Auld Reekie

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