Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rose Progression

In Scottish Country Dancing, the Rose progression is an elegant 8-bar Figure used to interchange adjacent Couples in a Longwise set in Strathspeys; the Strathspey travelling step is used throughout. Skip change would be used in any Quick Tempo implementation.

When performed by 1st and 2nd Couples from their Original places, as in bars 1-8 of The Library of Birmingham, it consists of:

Bars 1-2
1st man and 2nd lady Set While their Partners Cross diagonally, Finishing Facing Out;

Bars 3-4
1st man and 2nd lady Turn halfway with Both hands While 1st lady Cast up to 1st man's Place While 2nd man Cast to 2nd lady's Place, Finishing all Facing Inward on the Diagonal line joining 1st man's and 2nd lady's Places;

Bars 5-6
1st lady and 2nd man Turn halfway with Both hands While 2nd lady and 1st man release their Hold, Pull right shoulder back and Dance Out, Finishing 2nd lady in 1st man's Place, 1st man in 2nd lady's Place, all Facing Inward on the same Diagonal line;

Bars 7-8
2nd lady and 1st man Cross to their Own sides While 2nd man and 1st lady release their Hold, Pull right shoulder back and Dance Out, Finishing 2nd man in 1st man's Place, 1st lady in 2nd lady's Place, all having now Progressed one Place.


For example, here are some other Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Rose Progression, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
A Dance For Susi
A Dancer's Dream
A Rose For The Cobbler
Symphony Hall Strathspey

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Rose Progression

Rose Progression Video Clip

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