Ecossaise Walz

(Eccosoise Walzer, Ecossaisen Walzer)

(1820s - 1830s)

Contemporary Description

The Position

Waltz position throughout.

The Footwork

The Ecossaise Walz is a Waltz in QQS timing to music in 2/4 time.

Häcker 1835 describes it as smooth (illustrated above), while the version in Casorti 1826 includes a jeté (illustrated below).

It was described in both Leading backing (as illustrated), and Follow backing versions.

The Music

Music in 2/4 time.

Today, it's often danced to Polka music, but the Ecossaise Walz predates the Polka.

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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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