Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Pull Left Shoulder Back

The term Pull left shoulder back is not a Figure in its own right; it refers to an individual dancer and means Turn on the spot or follow a curved path anticlockwise.

It may be used to modify the beginning of a Scottish Country Dance Figure when the dancer is not already Facing in the correct direction and so needs to make a rapid anticlockwise rotation in order to Face correctly, as for example in Cast down from a Standing Place on the Men's Side in a Longwise set.

It is also used to modify the ending of a Figure, as for example in bar 8 of Wicked Willy, where the 1st Man must extend the Half figure of eight on an anticlockwise curve so as to Face 2nd Man (in 1st Man's Place) and similarly 4th Lady so as to Finish Facing 3rd Lady.

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

Australian Ladies (Campbell)
Best Set In The Hall
City Of Belfast
Clydebank Strathspey
Indian River Strathspey
Johnsonville Diamond
Lamp Black Lizzie
Mrs Stewart's Jig
Piper And The Penguin
Trefoil Badge

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