Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Step Up (or Down) in Strathspeys

In Scottish Country Dancing Step Up (or Down) in Strathspeys is a sideways Travelling Step used for moving Up or Down one Place in a Longwise set.

The movements are exactly as in Step up or down under Steps for jigs reels and hornpipes (see Diagram 7) though performed much more slowly, in keeping with the slower tempo; in Strathspeys there is rarely any need to deviate from the straight sideways movement (see Diagram 8) though this is often essential in Quick tempo dances.



For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Step Up (or Down) in Strathspeys, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Balgownie Brig
Chain Walk
Crossmichael
Dunsinane
George Keith
Honeysuckle And The Bindweed (Bradley)
Marklands

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Stepping Up or Down in Strathspeys

Step Up Or Down In Strathspeys Video Clip

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