Dance terminology

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Corners

Imagine 1st couple are standing back to back in the middle of the set facing their opposite side (see diagram). The mans' 20px 1st corner is 3rd lady 3rd lady.jpg and his 2nd corner is 2nd lady 2nd lady.jpg. The ladys' 1st lady.jpg first corner is 2nd man 2nd man.jpg and her 2nd corner is 3rd man3rd man.jpg.

Corners

Line of dance

In a 1 couple round the room dance or a '3 facing line of dance' dance this is the direction that the dancers initially travel. Against the line of dance is the opposite direction.

Set

Layout 
A group of dancers performing (or standing ready to perform) a dance.
Sets can be:
Step 
A step usually performed on the spot.
In reel & jig time this is a Pas-de-basque
In strathspey time is is a strathspey setting step

Top of the set

This is the end of the set nearest the music.

Allemande hold

Promenade hold

Lead

When used to describe a movement (e.g. 1s lead down the middle of the set) the couple dance together with their right hands joined. The man is "leading" or guiding his partner.

Dance

When used to describe a movement (e.g. 1s dance down the middle of the set) the couple dance together with their nearer hands joined.

Cross

To change places with another person across the dance.