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v Schottische and Southern-style or Sweetheart Schottische

Several dances carry the name Schottische. The original Scottish folk dances have an 8 or 16 count basic pattern. The country/western variant of the Schottische has a 32-count pattern (6 grapevines followed by 4 scoot/hops) and is done with partners on opposite feet, even though the basic position is side by side. Occasionally the man syncopates to get on the same foot as the woman. The Southern-style Schottische has a 26-count pattern (4 grapevines, 2 step/scoots, 2 walks, 2 step/scoots), and is done with the partners on the same foot. It is probably an invented dance, but the origin is obscure. Linda DeFord denies doing it; she does have the only teaching video for Sweetheart Schottische that I know of. (VE)

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