In Scottish Country Dancing Slip step
is a sideways Travelling Step
used for Hands round
(dancing round in a circle) and occasionally for other Figures
, such as Slip down
and Slip up
in which a Scottish Country Dancing Couple Travel
with Both hands
joined and Facing
The diagram shows one complete Slip step to the left, taking one bar of music in all; these movements are repeated for the number of bars designated or implied for the Figure.
One bar of Slip Step to the left.
Each beat is shown on a separate line for clarity.
For movement to the right, interchange right and left in the description.
When changing from Slip step to the left to Slip step to the right, as at the halfway point in Hands round and back, while completing the closing movement of the right foot make a firm hop on the left foot (to counteract the inertia of the circling dancers) and start the next bar by stepping back to the right with the right foot.
See Fitting The Steps To The Music
for those details covering this and the other six basic steps of Scottish Country Dancing.
For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Slip step
, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions
or both -
Gypsy Girl's Headscarf
Gypsy Girl's Headscarf (3-Couple Version)
Hay's Australian Ladies
Puggy 1 (3-Couple)
Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Slip Step
Slip Step Travelling Step Video Clip
Links To Pages Related To 'Steps for Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes'
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