Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A round dance in 2/4 time.
  • n. A piece of music for this dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A partnered country dance of Bohemian origin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of polka.
  • n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. music performed for dancing the schottische
  • n. a German round dance resembling a slow polka

Etymologies

German, from schottisch, Scottish, from Middle High German schottesch, from schotte, a Scot, from Old High German scotto, from Late Latin Scottus, Irishman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French schottish, schotisch, from German schottisch ("Scottish, Scotch"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dinah danced with Bobby again, and then Jim, and then Old Sam, who had patented a kind of schottische-rhumba combination that was the dread of every woman in the Park.

    A Grave Denied

  • She was perfectly willing for me to dance until 12 o'clock at the imminent peril of my going to sleep on the after-watch -- but then she would top off with a very inconsistent sermon on dancing in general; ending with a terrific broadside aimed at that heresy of heresies, the 'schottische'.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • Ma was delighted with her trip, but she was disgusted with the girls for allowing me to embrace and kiss them -- and she was horrified at the 'schottische' as performed by Miss Castle and myself.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • Okay, after 11 years I've only figured out how to do the Grand March and a schottische, but it's a start.

    Olympics, amateur athletes, disability and getting OUT THERE

  • He reconjured moonlight schottische dances on the decks of a steamer run by lovable country people, “simple-hearted folk and overflowing with good-fellowship and the milk of human kindness.”

    Mark Twain

  • And he did, but all the time his eyes were on Berenice, who was caught up by one youth and another of dapper mien during the progress of the evening and carried rhythmically by in the mazes of the waltz or schottische.

    The Titan

  • Look at the Highland schottische, where you spun round and howled, and the old galop to the tune

    Swan Song

  • Ma was delighted with her trip, but she was disgusted with the girls for allowing me to embrace and kiss them — and she was horrified at the ‘schottische’ as performed by Miss

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Sivert could dance, and Leopoldine too; a kind of dancing peculiar to the spot, growth of the new-cleared soil; a dance with energy and swing: schottische, mazurka, waltz and polka in one.

    The Growth of the Soil

  • Moving slowly along, behind the couples that began a schottische, he felt a tap on his arm, and, looking round, saw Miss Jensen.

    Maurice Guest

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  • The Schottische is a partnered country dance, Bohemian in origin, that is two short runs and a hop followed by four turning hop steps: step step step hop, step step step hop, step hop step hop step hop step hop.

    Steps alternate one foot to the other, hops are only on one foot, so the leader's footwork would be: left right left hop on left, right left right hop on right, step on left hop on left, step on right hop on right, step on left hop on left, step on right hop on right.

    In a basic step, the running steps are done in open position (follower on the right side of the leader) and the turning steps are done in closed position; but many many variations exists to play with those positions (including parting during the running steps to slip around a slower couple, or the leader genuflecting during the turning step and letting the follower circle around).

    _Wikipedia

    February 25, 2008