Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Set In Line

The Set in line term is used when two or more dancers are side by side, all Facing the same way and Taking hands while performing the prescribed or implied Setting step. The dancers will almost always be Facing another line of dancers who also Take hands and perform the Setting step.

When the line is Across The set, the dancers straddle the Centre line, Facing Up or Down.

When the line is on the Side, the dancers are in the Side lines, Facing Across The set.

The Strathspey setting step involves substantial movement to the right. When another dancer is Standing to the right of the dancer who is Setting (as, for example, in 1st Place on the Ladies' Side of a Longwise set with the dancer in 2nd Place), there is a risk of collision, especially in a crowded ballroom; the line of the Setting step should be modified slightly so that the Setting dancer passes just in front of the Standing dancer on bar 1 and returns to the Starting Position on bar 2.

This problem could also arise with the Highland schottische setting step but never with Pas-de-basque, of course, because there should be no sideways movement in this Figure.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Set in line, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Brodie Castle
Craigmin Brig
Eden Court
Forres Fancy
Lord Huntly's Cave
Ptarmigan Reel
Rose Of Glamis

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