Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Set Advancing And Retire

In Set advancing and retire the specified Scottish Country Dancers approach each other and then return to their Starting Positions using a Setting step.

This is the same movement as the much more common Advance and retire but using a Setting step instead of a Travelling Step.

The Figure is usually allocated one complete step (2 bars for Pas-de-basque or the Strathspey setting step).

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Set advancing and retire, 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:

Fife Ness
Kelloholm Jig
Waves Of Moray

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Set Advancing

Set Advancing And Retire Video Clip

Links To Pages Related To 'Setting'


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