Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Schottische
Schottische   n x 16 bars   1 Couple Repeat   1 Couple Set   Round the Room Set
Maintain waltz hold throughout, starting with L facing inwards, M facing outwards, and progress anticlockwise around the room.

  1-4   Dance one highland schottische step anticlockwise (M starting with left foot, L with right);

  5-8   dance one highland schottische step clockwise;

  9-10 chassé (step, close, step, close) to the M's left, L's right;

11-12 chassé to the M's right, L's left;

13-16 polka once round to finish facing in the same direction.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-8   Although the highland schottische step is the same as in a Strathspey, the tempo is faster and 4 bars are allocated for each foot instead of 2.

13-16 Make some progression anticlockwise in the polka round.

Additional search terms: Ceilidh Dance.

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