Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Highland Schottische Setting Step

In Scottish Country Dancing, the Highland Schottische setting step is a special Setting step, taking twice as long as the Strathspey setting step and used in a few dances such as The Robertson Rant and The Garry Strathspey.

For consistency with the diagrams for other steps, the first bar is shown in the lower diagram and the third in the upper diagram. Apart from the Starting Position of the right foot, the second bar is the same as the first bar of the Strathspey setting step (see Strathspey Setting Step - Bar 1) and, similarly, apart from the Starting Position of the left foot, the fourth bar is the same as the second bar of the Strathspey setting step (see Strathspey Setting Step - Bar 2).

The first step is almost always with the right foot. For a few Figures, notably the Highland schottische poussette, one Dancer of each Couple must start on the left foot; if so, start at the beginning of bar 2 but from standing with both feet in first Position.

Note that, in the Ceilidh Dance, The Schottische, and in the Highland Dancing rĂ©pertoire from which this step derives, it is performed at about twice the pace.



See Fitting The Steps To The Music for those details covering this and the other six basic steps of Scottish Country Dancing.

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Highland Schottische Setting Step

Highland Schottische Setting Step Video Clip

Links To Pages Related To 'Steps for Strathspeys'

Footwork

Additional search terms: HS setting step, Schottesh, Shcottiche.

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