Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Step Up (Or Down)

In Scottish Country Dancing Step up (or down) is a sideways Travelling Step used for moving Up or Down one Place in a Longwise set; it requires 2 bars and so should be performed quite gracefully in Quick tempo dances as well as Strathspeys.

For movement to the left, i.e., when on their Own sides, Up for the Man or Down for the Lady, Diagram 7 shows the standard version; this is applicable when Time is not of the essence.

For movement to the right, i.e., when on their Own sides, Up for the Lady or Down for the Man, interchange left and right in this description.

This Figure is used by one Couple, usually a Supporting Couple, in conjunction with various movements by another Couple, usually a Dancing couple, in order to Exchange places. If the other Couple is Casting, and especially when there is little Time for them to complete the Figure, it is helpful if those Stepping Up or Stepping Down make the first movement diagonally forwards rather than sideways and step diagonally backwards into line on the third movement. Diagram 8 shows this version for movement to the right, applicable when Time is short.



For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Step up (or down), is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Bras d'Or
Fountain
Honeycomb
London Reel
Nice And Easy
Nurseryman

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Stepping Up (Or Down)

Step Up (Or Down) Video Clip

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