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.


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

Brechin Lassies
Castle Douglas
Chaperons
Langholm Fair
White Heather Jig


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