Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


The casual expression Middle is often used for the Centre of The set or for the Centre line as, for example, "Down the middle" which is more formally expressed as Lead down.

The more valuable usage is complementary to End: the Middle Dancers are those between those at the Ends of a line of three or more Scottish Country Dancers; similarly, Middle Positions are those between the Ends of a Longwise set. As an example of this usage, a teacher could point out that it is the Middle Couples, i.e., 2nd and 3rd couples, who are the Dancing couples when announcing the Scottish Country Dance Angus MacLeod which has The set format, 4 Couple repeat in 4 couple set.

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

Alex T Queen
Caerleol Cross
Figure It Out
Harold House Jig
High Bridge O' Ken
Highland Fair
Miss Nellie Wemyss
Norah Link
Rannoch Moor
Scots Bonnet

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