Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


In Scottish Country Dancing Setting Figures are all performed using a Setting step appropriate to the tempo, usually Pas-de-basque or the Strathspey setting step. At the end of either of these 2-bar steps, the dancer is usually back in the Starting Position though a few Figures, such as Petronella turn and Hello goodbye setting, involve a limited Travelling movement.

Unless the Figure requires some Travelling movement, Pas-de-basque should be performed On the spot.

Occasionally, a more complex step such as Pas-de-basque Coupé or the Highland schottische setting step is prescribed; the standard Timing, 4 bars in these examples, is implied.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Setting, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Achnacarry House
Drummond Castle
Gypsy Dreams
Millennial Strathspey
Mr Iain Stuart Robertson
Song Of The Sea
Twizell Bridge

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Pas-de-basque

Pas-de-basque Video Clip

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Strathspey Setting Step

Strathspey Setting Step Video Clip

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Highland Schottische Setting Step

Highland Schottische Setting Step Video Clip

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