Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Highland Schottische Setting Step

In Scottish Country Dancing the Highland Schottische setting step is a special Setting step, taking twice as long as the Strathspey setting step and used in a few dances such as The Robertson Rant and The Garry Strathspey.

The first bar is shown in Diagram 13 and the third in Diagram 14; the second bar is the same, apart from the Starting Position of the right foot, as the first bar of the Strathspey setting step (see Diagram 11) and the fourth bar is the same, apart from the Starting Position of the left foot, as the second bar of the Strathspey setting step (see Diagram 12).

The first step is almost always with the right foot. For a few Figures, notably the Highland schottische poussette, one dancer of each Couple must start on the left foot; if so, start at the beginning of bar 2 but from standing with both feet in first Position.

Note that, in the Ceilidh Dance, The Schottische, and in the Highland Dancing répertoire from which this step derives, it is performed at about twice the pace.



Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Highland Schottische Setting Step

Highland Schottische Setting Step Video Clip

Links To Pages Related To 'Steps for Strathspeys'

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Additional search terms: HS setting step, Schottesh, Shcottiche.

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