Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Turn On The Spot

In Scottish Country Dancing Turn on the spot is sometimes called 'turn about'.

One or more dancers, as individuals, rotate by the specified amount and in the specified direction while Setting On the spot; the direction of rotation is often expressed as Pull right shoulder back or Pull left shoulder back rather than clockwise or anticlockwise. If not otherwise specified, a full Turn of 360° and clockwise rotation are implied.

This Figure is an essential element of many Figures such as Set and rotate, Set and link and all forms of Poussette.

The Figure can also be performed using a Travelling Step (see Turn on the spot halfway) and, in the one quarter form, is particularly important for the Men in Allemande and Promenade round.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Turn on the spot, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Brechin Lassies
Castle Douglas
Langholm Fair
White Heather Jig

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