Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Slip Step

In Scottish Country Dancing Slip step is a sideways Travelling Step used for Hands round (dancing round in a circle) and occasionally for other Figures, such as Slip down and Slip up in which a Scottish Country Dancing Couple Travel with Both hands joined and Facing each other.

Diagram 2 shows one complete Slip step to the left, taking one bar of music in all; these movements are repeated for the number of bars designated or implied for the Figure.

Diagram 2: One bar of Slip Step to the left.
Each beat is shown on a separate line for clarity.

For movement to the right, interchange right and left in the description.

When changing from Slip step to the left to Slip step to the right, as at the halfway point in Hands round and back, while completing the closing movement of the right foot make a firm hop on the left foot (to counteract the inertia of the circling dancers) and start the next bar by stepping back to the right with the right foot.


For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Slip step, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Dhoon
Gypsy Girl's Headscarf
Hay's Australian Ladies
Kingston Jig
Oregon Rant
Puggy 1
Puggy 2
Sally Lightfoot

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Slip Step

Slip Step Travelling Step Video Clip

Links To Pages Related To 'Steps for Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes'

Footwork

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