Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Schottische

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The 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)

Dance Notes

  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.

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Dance Information

The dance is also known as The Highland Schottische or The Balmoral Schottische.

Additional search terms: Ceilidh Dance.

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