Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


The term Bottom is a casual synonym in Scottish Country Dancing for the Foot of The set, i.e., farthest from The music.

Diagram, Structure Of 3 Couple Longwise Set Scottish Country Dance

Structure of 3 Couple Longwise Set

Dancers, Positions and Directions in a Longwise, Active, 3-couple set: after the most common Progression. The shaded area is defined as the Inside of The set. The arrows are indicators of Direction, only, not paths followed.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Bottom, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Airdrie Lassies
Annie Shand Scott's Strathspey
Antarctica Bound
Auld Alliance
Bannockburn Reel
Dance Called Irene
Gannochy Reel
Glint Of Gold
One O'Clock Canon

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Set Structure