Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Veleta

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Veleta
Arthur Morris
Waltz   n x 16 bars   1 Couple Repeat   1 Couple Set   Round the Room Set
Start facing anticlockwise with nearer hands (M right, L left) joined, L on M's right.

  1-2   Starting with the outside foot, dance six running steps forward, finishing facing partner and taking both hands (as in a strathspey poussette);

  3-4   chassé anticlockwise two steps, finishing by releasing hands (M right, L left) and facing clockwise with nearer hands joined;

  5-8   repeat bars 1-4 in the opposite direction (and with right and left interchanged), finishing by taking waltz hold;

  9-10 waltz once round, making some progression anticlockwise around the room;

11-12 retaining waltz hold, chassé anticlockwise two steps;

13-16 waltz round twice, making some progression anticlockwise around the room, and release waltz hold to finish facing anticlockwise with nearer hands joined.

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


Dance Notes

The above instructions are for a social dancing version appropriate at a ceilidh; some of the videos show the more formal version of the Old Time and Sequence Dancing répertoire.
There is also a progressive version with the following modification:

13-14 Waltz once round, making some progression anticlockwise around the room, finishing by removing hands (M right, L left) but retaining joined hands.

15-16 M raise joined hands so that L can dance under the joined arms to finish beside the next M anticlockwise, both facing anticlockwise with nearer hands joined.


Dance Instruction Videos

The Veleta - YouTube Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Veleta is Spanish for weathercock or weather vane.
Weathercock Image
A Weathercock


Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Weather Vane article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright C. Hill.
Additional search terms: Valeta, Ceilidh.

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