Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rights And Lefts Halfway Diagonally

Sometimes called Half diagonal rights and lefts, Rights and lefts halfway diagonally is a version of Right and lefts halfway in which the path is distorted Diagonally in some way; it is exactly half of Right and lefts diagonally and takes 4 bars. The Polite turn should be applied whenever practicable.

In a Longwise set, the rectangle becomes a parallelogram with Crossing (Across the set) replaced by Crossing Diagonally. This Figure involves only 4 Scottish Country Dancers rather than the 6 in the full Figure: the Dancing couple Finish opposite their Starting Positions. Either First or Second Corners, but not both, are involved; the Corners Finish diagonally opposite their Starting Positions, i.e., they Exchange places.

The diagram shows, as an example, bars 29-32 of Bratach Bàna: first, the Dancing couple, in 2nd Place on Opposite Sides, Cross diagonally By the right, the Lady going Down, the Man going Up, and so Exchange places with her/his Partner's First corner positions; then they Cross up and down on the sides By the left to reach 2nd Place on their Own sides.

In a 4-Couple Square set, the path may still be a rectangle but rotated so that the dancers Cross diagonally both Across The set and on the Sides. 4 dancers are involved and they Finish opposite their Starting Positions.

In a 3-Couple Triangular set, the rectangle becomes a trapezium; 4 dancers are involved and they Finish having Exchanged Places. For example, in bars 25-28 of MacPherson's Jig.

the Couples in 1st and 3rd Places Exchange places.

For example, here are some other Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Rights and lefts halfway diagonally, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Annan Reel
As The Crow Flies
Bratach Bàna
Crossing The Brook
Dance Of Diamonds
Eileen Watt's Strathspey
Father Connelly's Jig
Fort Beausejour
Lauder Legend
Nae Fantoosherie

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