Scottish Country Dance InstructionThe Schottische
Schottische n x 8 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.
1-2 Dance one highland schottische step anticlockwise (M starting with left foot, L with right);
3-4 dance one highland schottische step clockwise;
5-5 chassé (step, close, step, close) to the M's left, L's right;
6-6 chassé to the M's right, L's left;
7-8 polka (step, hop, step, hop) once round to finish facing in the same direction.
(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
1-4 Although the highland schottische step is the same as in a Strathspey, the tempo is faster (about 40 bars per minute compared to 32).
7-8 Make some progression anticlockwise in the polka round.
Dance Instruction VideosThe Schottische - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video
Dance InformationThe dance is also known as The Highland Schottische or The Balmoral Schottische.
Additional search terms: Ceilidh Dance.