[SCA-Dance] On siding and arming

peregrine.lp at juno.com peregrine.lp at juno.com
Mon Sep 28 15:31:37 EDT 2009

Here in the Barony of Thescorre (Rochester, NY) we side and arm right first. Rochester's non-SCA English Country group also does the siding and arming to the right first. Except when we did Childgrove the other night, and then we sided left and did our back-to backs to the right...

The only guesses I could make as to why right seems more prevalent would be that right-handed people would tend to go that way first? Or that when one shakes hands we extend right hands, so we might be inclined to aim that way initially? Or that turning by the right is clockwise when viewed from above? 


---------- Original Message ----------
From: Jeffrey Hoskinson <jeffhos at eclecsia.org>
To: "sca-dance at sca-dance.org" <sca-dance at sca-dance.org>
Subject: [SCA-Dance] On siding and arming
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:33:30 -0400

So this is something I've alway been curious about. Here in the  
Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh, PA), we side & arm left first, then  
right. Just for clarification, that means we side to meet left  
shoulders first. At _every_ dance event I've been to outside of our  
local area, siding and arming have been done right first, then left.

So I have two questions here:

1. Are we really the _only_ group in the Known World that sides & arms  
this way? Or have I just not run into any of the others?

2. I know Playford was pretty ambiguous on this (typically saying  
"Sides all. That again" and the like). Is there any reason that one us  
more likely than the other?

Thanks to all who respond.
-- Cai o'r Llyn
Dancemaster, Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands
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