Glossary of Figures

Here is a list of some of the figures used in Eighteenth-century dances, with explanations of how they are danced.  Because of the quantity of figures, and the different definitions that were given at different times, this list will probably never be complete, but if there is a figure which you would like defined or clarified, please let us know.

Allemand figure: The allemand figure we do works as follows: The couple link right elbows and then straighten out their right arms to reach their partner’s hand, while they hold left hands behind their backs.  For an allemand reverse they would reverse this and start by linking their left elbows.

Draw figure: In the draw figure the gent of couple one and the lady of couple three pull their partner by two hands, going backwards in a full circle around the second couple while their partner is going forward.  All end up in the spot where they began the draw figure.

First corners: Not a figure, but a term referring to the first gent and second lady.

Second corners: Not a figure but a term referring to the first lady and second gent.

Rights and Lefts: Dancers give right hand across the set to their partner and pull by, give left hand to the dancer next to them on the side of the set and pull by, give right hand to their partner and pull by, give left hand to the dancer next to them on the side of the set and pull by, to end up back where they started.

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