Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

On The Spot

The term On the spot is not a Scottish Country Dance Figure in its own right but is an adaptation of a Figure to indicate that the normal movement expected in the Figure is not to take place; it is also used to emphasize the correct way of performing Pas-de-basque.

On the spot occurs in Poussette and Allemande, where the Couples rotate with one dancer stationary rather than both moving around each other as for a normal Turn.

Turn on the spot is a Figure for a single dancer.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, On the spot, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Kinfauns Castle
Minister On The Loch
Mrs Stuart Linnell
Sugar Candie

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