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Scottish Country Dancing Instructional Videos with

The Red Thistle Dancers

NEW IN 2020!

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A selection of 24 social and performance dances choreographed by Red Thistle Dancers founder,

Jennifer Kelly, presented in a booklet, DVD, and two music CDs from Red Thistle Music!

Dances performed by The Red Thistle Dancers


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Developed for both teachers and students of different levels, our instructional videos include detailed narration by Director Jennifer Kelly, beginning and intermediate steps, technique, figures and progressions, all demonstrated in both close-up and overhead views with dancers in a variety of traditional and period costumes.  Scroll down for video excerpts and details.

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Scottish Country Dancing Part 1


  • Fast Tempo:

    • skip change of step

    • pas de basque

    • slip step

  • Strathspey Tempo: 

    • strathspey traveling step

    • common schottische or strathspey setting

  • Both Tempi: 

    • basic foot positions and linking of steps

  • Figures:

    • circles

    • turns with one or two hands

    • chase in single file

    • stepping up and down

    • casting up and off

    • lead down the middle and up

    • set and cross over

    • set and cast off

    • set and change places

    • advance and retreat

    • dance back to back

    • wheels with the right and left hand

    • rights and lefts

    • promenade (see video below)

    • allemande

    • turn corner partner

    • grand chain



Scottish Country Dancing Part 2


  • Highland Setting Steps (see video below)

    • Schottische

    • coupé pas de basque

    • Glasgow Highlanders setting step

    • Glasgow Highlanders ladies' version

  • Figures of Eight:

    • right and left shoulder up and down the set

    • across the set

    • double figure of eight

  • Reels of Three

  • Reels of Four

  • Set and Link

  • Traveling Pas de Basque, Step and Figures

  • More Figures using Traveling Pas de Basque

  • Figures using Skip Change of Step:

    • non progressive

    • ladies chain

    • turn corner pass partner

  • Figures using Strathspey Setting Step:

    • all round poussette

    • half poussette

    • Highland Schottische

    • poussette

    • set to corners and partners -  "hello and goodbye setting"

  • Four hands across in a wheel

  • The Knot

  • The Rondel

  • The Tournée

  • The Targe

Scottish Country Dance Teachers : If you are contemplating expanding into demonstrations or performance, the videos and companion materials include specially composed, crowd-pleasing medleys and expert suggestions to give your demonstration team a professional and polished look, with hints and tips for every aspect of performance, including ideas for:

  • costuming

  • entrances/exits

  • transitions between medleys


You can have everything you need to move into demonstration and performance to spread the culture and enjoyment of Scottish Country Dancing!




Highland Setting Steps in Country Dance

Overview Trailer


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Why Use Instructional Videos?


Every one of us remembers the challenges of learning to dance. The excitement of finally understanding and being able to execute a challenging step or piece of choreography is one of the thrills of Scottish Country Dancing. 


Imagine being able to improve your  technique after a very short time.   Or picture being able to finally clarify that puzzling progression or timing that you almost have mastered, but the memory of which fades a bit outside of dance class.


Learn new figures, review the timing of a challenging dance element, and be ready and confident for your next class or dance!












Enjoy instant access to a master class level series at home and be able to review and analyze steps, figures, and progressions as many times as you like at your own leisure and convenience.  


And because you can choose what you would like to learn or review, it's like having your own personal dance teacher at home!












Who are these videos for?


Beginning and intermediate dancers wishing to improve technique or gain a better understanding of the steps and figures will appreciate the clear instruction, breakdown of steps and positions, and detailed explanation of technique, pointers and progressions.  


Advanced dancers and Scottish Country Dance teachers can use this series to assist and encourage enthusiastic newer or intermediate dancers by making this video series for their class or branch library as a reference.  


Use our special supporting videos and materials to help transform your class or group into a confident demonstration or performance team!


how to do a poussette

"Won't you Join the dance?" 


Scottish Country Dancing, a lifelong pursuit and joy 


The Red Thistle Dancers
- Scottish Dancing & Music  -

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