Some basic terms you will hear at a dance class:
Turn by the right/left - Full turn with partner
Right/left hands across - Like a star
Cast off - Dance down behind the line.
Cast up - Dance up behind the line.
4 or 6 hands round - 4 or 6 people circle.
Cross by the right/left - Cross set giving hands.
Cross down - Cross down the set giving hands.
Back to back - Dance round partner (dos -i dos)
Set - 2 pas de basque steps (fast)
Set - 2 strathspey steps (slow)
Skip change of step - Hop, step, close step.
Slip step - Step, close, step, close sideways.
Lead down/up - Dance with partner R hand in R hand.
Dance/down/up - Dance with partner nearer hands joined.
Advance/retire - Dance forward to meet partner and back.
Rights & lefts - Cross set giving R hand, change L hand on the side, then repeat back to original place.
Grand chain - Pass partner giving R hand and next person by the L hand and continue.
For more detals on footwork. hand positions and formations, follow this link:
Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary