Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Taking Hands With No Relative Movement

Description of Taking hands with no relative movement.

Where the dancers are all moving together as, for example, in Hands across or Hands round, there is no relative movement even though the dancers may be moving as a group; hands should be at shoulder height of the shortest person in the group whose hands are touching, with the elbows a little lower than the hands in almost all cases.

See Diagram 15 for an example of Balance in line, where the left hand of the tallest Man is at the shoulder height of the Lady on his left and his right hand is at the shoulder height of the Lady on his right; if these Scottish Country Dancers were in the same order and part of a group performing Hands round, the hands shown joined would be exactly the same; if these dancers were to perform 4 Hands across in any order, all hands would be at the shoulder height of the Lady second from the left in the diagram.

Exceptions to this rule are covered under Holds notably Allemande hold, Promenade hold and those Holds used for Travelling (in Figures).

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