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.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, On the spot, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Best Set In The Hall
Bill Clement MBE
Kinfauns Castle
Ladies Of Dunse
Minister On The Loch
Mrs Stuart Linnell
Sugar Candie
Teviot Bridge

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