Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Step Up (or Down) in Strathspeys

In Scottish Country Dancing, Step Up (or Down) in Strathspeys is a sideways Travelling Step used for moving Up or Down one Place in a Longwise set.

The movements are exactly as in Step up or down under Steps for jigs reels and hornpipes though performed much more slowly, in keeping with the slower tempo. The upper diagram shows the left foot step with the straight sideways movement; while it is rarely needed in Strathspeys, deviation from the straight sideways movement (for use when Time is short) is shown in the right foot step in the lower diagram.

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, Step Up (or Down) in Strathspeys, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Balgownie Brig
Chain Walk
George Keith
Honeysuckle And The Bindweed (Bradley)

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates Stepping Up or Down in Strathspeys

Step Up Or Down In Strathspeys Video Clip

Links To Pages Related To 'Steps for Strathspeys'


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