>--but I am merely curious as to the context of the question; there must,
Malcolm, be some reason for asking it.
Tonight amongst other dances I plan to teach Petronella and Lea Rig, and I
plan to teach the movements as being different, rather as Simon indicates.
Because you can only travel in a straight line with pas de basque, the beat,
beat, being on the spot, that means to me that the first step takes me to
the point of the diamond and the second I just turn on the spot to face my
With a Strathspey travel step the route is "circular", starting towards my
partner's place, going out beyond the centre of the dance (slightly towards
the lady's side of the dance) so that I can curve round into the middle -
i.e. at no point do I turn on the spot - I know that in fact I must be
dancing four segments, one segment for each "step" of the "step close step",
but the concept is very different from the pas de basque "move and turn" - I
just wondered how many others bothered to teach that there was a difference.
(Actually in dances like the Lea Rig I quite like to emphasise the first
movement into the middle, to produce a sort of exploding flower movement,
but I'm prepared to admit it is probably going a bit far!)