SCD Terms

Scottish Country Dance Terms to Know

jig – fast rhythm dance written in 6/8 time

reel – fast rhythm dance written in 4/4 time

strathspey – slow rhythm dance written in 4/4 time

 first couple –  the couple at the top of the set

set – a group of people performing a dance together  [note: There may be multiple sets performing at a time.]

top of the set –  the couple closest to the source of music

first corner – the person to your diagonal right across the set

second corner – the person to your diagonal left across the set

pas de basque -aka setting step – [note: There are two different setting steps: one for strathspeys and one for jigs & reels.] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJFhK_P9WzY

skip change step -aka travelling step – [note: There are two different setting steps: one for strathspeys and one for jigs & reels.] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_pHry4NIpI

slip step – sideways step, then click heel to heel in order to close, sideways step, etc.

cast – to pull your shoulder back and turn around

circle 4 hands round (or 6, or 8, etc.) – hold hands forming strong W’s with the arms and slip step around and back

cross down – go across the set passing the lady in front forming a ‘cross’

reel – aka figure of 8

right hands round (or left hands round) – form an x with the other three dancers by stepping into the set and extending the appropriate arm shaped like a half-W, take hands with the dancer diagonal from you.  Dance round, change directions and hands and dance back.