Columbia Schottische

(Columbia, The Columbia, La Columbia)

(1880s - 1890s)



Contemporary Description

Below, you will find a description of the Columbia Schottische as taught by Richard Powers, followed by related descriptions of The Columbia as danced in the 19th century.


The Position

Waltz position throughout.


The Footwork

Begin with the held hands pointed along LOD, the Lead facing the outside wall.

1 &2: Beginning with leading foot, slide-close-slide along LOD.

3: Cut trailing foot under leading foot, slightly raising leading foot, pointed along LOD.

4 &5 6: Repeat the first three counts.

7: Cut leading foot under trailing foot, slightly raising trailing foot, pointed against LOD.

8: Cut trailing foot under leading foot, slightly raising leading foot, pointed along LOD.

9 &10, 11 &12, 13 &14, 15 &16: Two full turns of turning Two-Step (4 x "side-close-around/between").

Repeat from the beginning.


The Origin

Gilbert 1890 and Lopp 1903 credit the dance to E. C. Spink.

An original description by E. C. Spink (undated), with music by G. Weingarten, can be seen below.

The Columbia is referenced as being danced to schottische music in The Alton [Illinois] Evening Telegraph from September 18, 1886, and a dance called the Columbia Schottische is listed in The Philipsburg [Montana] Mail of September 10, 1891.


The Music

The original description by E. C. Spink is accompanied by this music by G. Weingarten:



Lopp 1903 recommends a tempo of 76 bpm.


© 2015 Nick Enge


(Click to expand)

Historical Descriptions


The New Dance "Columbia" (Spink, c. 1880):


The Columbia (Gilbert, 1890):


La Columbia (Lopp, 1903):



For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


Home     About     Dances     Classes     Manuals     Search     Friends     Patrons


Follow @libraryofdance