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.


© 2015 Nick Enge


For more, see our two books on dancing:
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
and Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge.


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