Victorian Dances

Seven Step Schottische

The Schottische was introduced into England around 1845.

Music:

Schottische: Pennies on the Water – MP3 downloadCath Watkins (fiddle) and Nic Bradford (guitar)

Dance instructions:

Honour partners

Starting position: in couples, holding hands across. It can be danced up and down the room, or in ballroom direction (anticlockwise) around a circle.

  • bars 1-4, in couples, take a small step to the side and close trailing foot, counting 1,2. Repeat this 3 times, counting up to 7, then a small hop/bounce on the silent 8, bringing the trailing foot up, without weight
  • bars 5-8, repeat this in the opposite direction
  • bars 9-10 dance 123 hop up
  • bars 11-12 dance 123 hop back
  • bars 13-16 use four step-hops to rotate as a couple, travelling anticlockwise
  • bars 17 to 24 repeat from bar 9

Repeat six times. Honour partners on final chord.

Song:
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven
All good children go to heaven.
Penny on the water, tuppence on the sea
Thruppence on the roundabout, and round go we.
Penny on the water, tuppence on the sea
Thruppence on the roundabout, and round go we.

Circassian Circle

Music:

Seven Stars – MP3 downloadFrom the album “Nothing at All” by Jigfoot

Dance instructions:

One large circle. Boys have partners on their right.

  • All take 4 steps to the centre and back, repeat
  • Girls take 4 steps to the centre, clap on the fourth and return to place
  • Boys take 4 steps in, clap and jump on the fourth step, turn and return to partner, offering right hand first then left to make a cross hand hold
  • Swing, 16 steps
  • Promenade anticlockwise 16 steps, opening up the big circle to start again.