Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Step Forth

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Step Forth (4-couple version)
Reuben Freemantle   www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   All take hands on the sides and set twice;

  5-8   1s cast to the bottom (three places) WHILE 2s3s4s wait for 2 bars and step up;

  9-12 2s3s4s1s take hands on the sides and set twice;

13-16 2s 3s 4s 1s turn partner by the right;

17-24 2s3s 4s1s right hands across and back;

25-32 2s3s4s1s 8 hands round to the left and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

This dance is intended to introduce the Beginner to pas-de-basque for the first time. It also includes the other three steps, slip step, step up (or down) and skip change which cover the essential footwork for the quick tempo dances. Once a Beginner has mastered all the steps involved in this dance, over 70% of the Scottish Country dancing répertoire (almost every hornpipe, jig and reel) is at his/her feet.
This version is slightly more demanding than the 3-couple version. If class numbers require both to be danced, put the less experienced in the 3-couple set(s).

  5-8   1s cast three places in this version.

13-16 A slow turn to help recovery if the timing has slipped. Also, think about which couple you will be with for the right hands across and back which follows.


Step Forth (3-couple version)
Reuben Freemantle   www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com
Reel   3 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   3 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   All take hands on the sides and set twice;

  5-8   1s cast to the bottom (two places) WHILE 2s3s wait for 2 bars and step up;

  9-12 2s3s1s take hands on the sides and set twice;

13-16 2s 3s 1s turn partner by the right;

17-24 2s3s1s right hands across and back;

25-32 2s3s1s 6 hands round to the left and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

Like the 4-couple version, this dance is intended to introduce the Beginner to pas-de-basque for the first time. It also includes the other three steps, slip step, step up (or down) and skip change which cover the essential footwork for the quick tempo dances. Once a Beginner has mastered all the steps involved in this dance, over 70% of the Scottish Country dancing répertoire (almost every hornpipe, jig and reel) is at his/her feet.
This version is less demanding than the 4-couple version. If class numbers require both to be danced, put the more experienced in the 4-couple set(s).

  5-8   Easier than the 4-couple version because 1s cast only two places in this version.

13-16 A slow turn to help recovery if the timing has slipped.

17-24 Easier than the 4-couple version because all are in the same right hands across and back.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

The dance name is a mild pun on pas-de-basque as the fourth step to be learnt by a Beginner.

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