Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Wrong Side

In Scottish Country Dancing, Wrong sides is often used as a casual expression for the Opposite sides in a Longwise set as, for example, when a Man finds himself on the Ladies' Side or a Lady finds herself on the Men's Side; in written Dance instructions, it is preferable to use the more formal term, Opposite sides.

Much more valuably, Wrong side is a useful term to indicate that the Lady is on the left of the Man rather than on his right as would more normally be expected, for example, when Promenading or when Standing in a Square set, Facing In.

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

Fife Ness
Bonnie Lass O' Bon Accord
Brodick Castle Gardens

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