Toronto Tartan Ball February 17, 2018

Montreal was represented this past weekend at the Toronto Tartan Ball!  Joanne, Peter, Katie, Alistair and myself made the trek down to Toronto to celebrate the Toronto branch’s 60th year as an RSCDS branch (by the way, it is also Montreal’s 60th this year!).  It was held in the beautiful Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto.  There was live music by Scotch Mist, a three-course meal, and lots of dancing, of course!

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The always beautiful Royal York, located next to the always ugly Union Station
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Now in Lego form!
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Where the magic happens

 

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  Because eating a three-course meal and drinking wine is always a good idea before dancing.
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The dining hall before it was transformed into the ball room.
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Katie had the genius idea of me wearing a bib, as she knew there was a 2.3% chance I wasn’t going to get that soup on my shirt.
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The bobsey twins smile for the camera as they get ready to enjoy their identical gluten-free meals.
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Only 674 grams of sugar

 

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The Queen looks disapprovingly at the camera as sets are formed.
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They look so regal…
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Oh wait, never mind
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Peter plots when he’s going to take ask me to dance a Strathspey
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The Montreal bunch and Karen, who I believe is now contractually obligated to move to Montreal.

If you’d like to see videos, there are a bunch the Toronto Branch have already uploaded to Youtube.  Here is one where some Montrealers may be spotted:

 

 

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Valois Burns’ Social February 3, 2018

This past February 3rd, the Valois class treated us to an old-fashioned Burns’ social led by their new teacher Brian, complete with Haggis, Robin’s address, a piper celebrating the event, and Valerie’s boyfriend carrying the guest of honour.

Relive the moment with these photos and videos!  Thank you to Ramona and Don for their contributions!

 

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Robin was a peaceful man, but this was too good an opportunity to pass up.
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Robin performs a well-known  Scottish abdominal warm-up technique before his address
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A moment alone with the Haggis before showtime.  Either that, or his notes are hidden in the tin foil.

 

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The A+Pers smile while Mederic gets ready to eat what I assume is a Tide Pop.
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Alison pretends there’s another person at the table so she can snag more Haggis. 
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I assume Don and Angela are in the middle of acting out a Shakespearean play in this one.  Also, poor JP is too hungry to breathe.
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The Valois team relax after a job well done.  Robin glares at Andrew for copying his wardrobe choices.

 

Dances for February 13, 2018

Lots of dances for a class that started later at 8 PM!!  Holly took care of things until Dagmar arrived…..and I strolled in at some point!

THE CLANSMAN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Derek Haynes RSCDS Book 32

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast down 1 place, 2s+1s dance ½ RH across and set
9-16 1s+2s dance R&L, ending with Men turning Ladies into centre to form a line across
17-24 1s+2s dance the Targe:-
‘ 17-18 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
‘ 19-20 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man full turn LH
‘ 21-22 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
‘ 23-24 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man turn LH to end on sides 1s facing up and 2s facing down
25-32 2s+1s set facing on sides, turn to face partners and set, 1s lead up crossing RH and cast to 2nd place on own sides

 

Video starts at 2:08

 

BLUE BONNETS (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 3

1- 8 1L+2M Adv&Ret and dance DoSiDo
9-16 1M+2L Adv&Ret and dance DoSiDo
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

 

 

SPICE IT UP (J8X32) 3C  (Merrill Heubach)

1-8 1c lead down the middle and up

9-16 1c+2c+3c Allemande (3,2,1)

17-24 3c+2c S&Link ; 3c+1c S&Link (2,1,3)

25-32 All set | All cross RH ; All chase ½ clw (3,1,2)

 

THE SHETLAND SHEPHERDESS (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Ron Wallace RSCDS Graded 3

1- 8 1s dance down between 2s, cast back to places. 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance mirror (reflection) reels of 3 on sides (1s cross to 2nd place own sides to begin, 2s out and up, 3s in and up). 2s finish facing out
17-20 1s+2s change places on sides (Men RH, Ladies LH), 1s+3s turn on sides (Men LH, Ladies RH) 1s ending in middle facing up, 3s in original places
21-24 1s dance up to top and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret, all clap end bar 28. 2s+1s+3s turn partners RH once round

Video ends at 0:35

 

THE BLACK MOUNTAIN REEL (R5x32) 5C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 3

1- 8   1s and 3s cross RH and cast down 1 place, dance ½ Fig of 8 round the couples above them and cross to face 1st corners
9-16   1s and 3s turn 1st corners RH and partner LH, turn 2nd corner RH and partner LH to face 1st corners again
17-24   1s and 3s dance diagonal reels of 4 with 1st corners
25-32   All dance RH across once round (1L with 2s, 1M+3L with 4s and 3M with 5s), 1s and 3s turn partners LH and cast one place

 

KINFAUNS CASTLE (S5x32) 5C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 4

1- 8 2s and 4s dance full diagonal RSh reels of 4 with 1st corners (passing partner LSh to start)
9-16 2s and 4s dance full reel of 4 with 2nd corners (dancing LSh round partner to face 2nd corners)
17-24 2s and 4s dance Figs of 8 on sides dancing in front of dancer on left (Ladies down and Men up) and meet ready for a Poussette
25-32 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ Diamond Poussette, 1s+4s also 3s+5s dance ½ Diamond Poussette.  24153

Warning: You may recognize some people in the video below.

 

THE FOTHERINGHAME FLING (Gary Coull)  (R8X32)

1 – 8 All 4 couples dance 8 hands round and back.

9 – 16 1st couple dance in front of the 2nd couple, behind the 3rd couple, in front of the 4th couple then dance up behind their own lines back to place.

17 – 24 1st and 2nd couples dance half right hands across (1st woman stay facing out); 1st and 3rd couples dance half left hands across (1st woman stay facing out); 1st and 4th couple dance half right hands across; all 4 couples cross over right hand.

25 – 32 All 4 couples advance for 2 and retire for 2. All 4 couples put right hands round partrer’s waist and join left hands above heads and spin partners for 4 bars.

Repeat with a new top couple.

LEAVES IN AUTUMN (Holly Boyd)

JOHNNIE WALKER (M-(S64+J64)) Sq.Set Norman and Helen Robson Whisky Collection

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 All set to corners and turn RH, set to partners and turn LH
17-24 1s and 3s advance to centre and lead out through sides with opposite partner, cross and dance to opposite sides and turn partner RH 1½ times
25-32 2s and 4s repeat 17-24
33-40 All Ladies petronella one place to right and all set, Ladies petronella on to next place to right and set
41-48 All Men petronella one place to right and all set, Men petronella on to next place to right and set
49-64 All dance Grand Chain once round and dance Allemande anticlockwise
65-128 Repeat in Jig time

Dances for February 6, 2018

Head cheese Margaret started off our 8-week course with lots of promenading, targing (did the figure originate from someone reaching for a top shelf at Target?) and the Teapots, whose name Jane pointed out makes no sense.

 

THE LADY WYND (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring G and S Dances 2

1- 8 1s dance in and cast 1 place, 2s+1s+3s turn partners RH ending in centre facing up
9-16 2s+1s+3s Promenade
17-24 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides passing dancer on right RSh
25-32 1L+2s also 1M+3s dance RH across and 1s pass RSh to dance LH across with other couple

 

The postal code dance!!! I suppose before Google Maps people had to devise dances with their postal codes to let people know what snazzy area of town they lived in.

EH3 7AF (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring RSCDS Book 40

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to top
9-16 1s+2s+3s Promenade ending with 1s casting to 2nd place
17-24 1s pass by the right and turn 1st corners RH to end L between 2s and M between 3s, 1s pass by the right and turn 2nd corners RH to end between corners
25-32 1M dances RH across with 2s and 1L with 3s, 1L dances up between 2s and casts to 2nd place own side as 1M dances between 3s and casts up

 

THE BYRON STRATHSPEY (S3x32) 3C set John Drewry Deeside Book 2

1- 8 All petronella turn into the centre and set to partner, turn 2H 1¼ times back to places
9-16 1s+2L and 3s+2M dance RH across, 2s pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple
17-24 2s in prom hold dance reel of 3 with 1s passing 1L RSh, end 2s in centre at top
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance Allemande. 312

 

THE BLACK MOUNTAIN REEL (R5x32) 5C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 3

1- 8 1s and 3s cross RH and cast down 1 place, dance ½ Fig of 8 round the couples above them and cross to face 1st corners
9-16 1s and 3s turn 1st corners RH and partner LH, turn 2nd corner RH and partner LH to face 1st corners again
17-24 1s and 3s dance diagonal reels of 4 with 1st corners
25-32 All dance RH across once round (1L with 2s, 1M+3L with 4s and 3M with 5s), 1s and 3s turn partners LH and cast one place. 24153

 

THE CLANSMAN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Derek Haynes RSCDS Book 32

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast down 1 place, 2s+1s dance ½ RH across and set
9-16 1s+2s dance R&L, ending with Men turning Ladies into centre to form a line across
17-24 1s+2s dance the Targe:-
‘ 17-18 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
‘ 19-20 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man full turn LH
‘ 21-22 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
‘ 23-24 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man turn LH to end on sides 1s facing up and 2s facing down
25-32 2s+1s set facing on sides, turn to face partners and set, 1s lead up crossing RH and cast to 2nd place on own sides

 

THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Priddey Anniversary Tensome

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place and turn LH to 1M facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16 1M followed by partner dance a full RSh diagonal Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 1st corners and end facing Lady’s 2nd corner
17-24 1M followed by partner dance a RSh Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 2nd corners and 1s end facing own 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corners RH, pass RSh, turn 2nd corner RH and pass RSh to 2nd place own sides (corners turn for 4 bars)

Dances for January 30, 2018

As we welcomed back Margaret from her mission abroad to investigate Floridian collusion with Scottish Country Dancing, Dag “der Stühl” mar  ran a tight class back at the mothership.

THE RIVER CREE (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 8

1- 8 1M+2L change places RH, 1L+2M change places RH
9-16 1s+2s advance for 2 steps and retire, dance ½ R&L
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back to top
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

GLORIA’S “You really don’t remember” WEE JIG (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Bob McMurtry Devil’s Quandary

1- 8 1s lead down for 3 bars, up to top and cast to 2nd place
9-16 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s, 1M+2M turn LH
17-24 1s+2s dance Ladies’ Chain
25-32 1L dances up between 2s, casts on Men’s side and crosses while 1M casts up on Ladies’ side, crosses and 2nd place, 2s+1s set

 

LIGHT ON THE WATER (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Susie Langdon Kass Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1s cast down behind own sides and back to places
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 on sides (in and down to start)
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars, set, lead up and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret 1 step, dance DoSiDo round partner and turn 2H

 

THE HIGHLAND RAMBLER (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring Leeds Silver Jubilee

1- 8 1s dance in and cast to 2nd place, dance RH across with 3s
9-16 2s+1s dance LH across, 1L followed by partner cast up round 2L and dance down middle to 1L between 3s and 1M between 2s
17-24 1s+2s+3s dance down the middle and back
25-32 1M followed by partner cast down round 2L to 2nd places on own side and turn RH
33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

 

THE HAMILTON RANT (R8x48) 3C (4C set) Robert M Campbell RSCDS Book 22

1- 8 1M+2L change places RH, 1L+2M change places, 1M+3M change places and 1L+3L change places
9-16 3s+1s dance ½ R&L, 2s+1s dance ½ R&L
17-24 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s turn 1¾ LH to face 1st corners
25-32 1s set and turn corners 2H and twirl to face partners, set to partners and turn 2H and twirl to face 2nd corners
33-40 1s set and turn 2nd corners and twirl to face partners, set to partners and turn 2H and twirl to face 2nd corners again
41-48 1s dance reel of 3 on opposite sides passing 2nd corner RSh and cross to own sides 2nd place

These guys and gals are having FUN in this video!

 

THE MINISTER ON THE LOCH (S3x32) 3C set Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette
9-16 1s dance down for 2 steps, turn 2H, dance up to top and turn 2H
17-24 1s+3s dance double Fig of 8 round 2s with 1s casting to start
25-32 1M+2M turn LH 1½ times while 1L+2L turn RH 1½ times, 1M+3M turn RH 1½ times while 1L+3L turn LH 1½ times

 

THE IRISH ROVER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s dance down below 3s and cast up to 2nd place own sides, 1L dances RH across with 2s while 1M dances RH across with 3s
9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, ½ reel with 2nd corners and ½ turn LH in centre to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 across giving LSh to 1st corners ending in 2nd place own sides. (3)1(2)
25-32 1s dance diagonal R&L (1M crossing down and 1L crossing up to start). 213

Dances for January 16, 2018

Live music with Sean, Laurence and Suzanne this evening, with 22 people in attendance, six of them brand-new!  Holly was head cheese all by herself!

We did lots of circle dances…

THE BRAMBLE CIRCLE (R32) Circle Elinor M Vandegrift Let’s All Dance
Circle Dance, Man has Lady on his right

1- 8 All circle round and back
9-16 All advance 2 steps and retire twice
17-24 All turn partners RH once round to face next dancer, turn new partner LH 1¼ times and face anticlockwise in prom hold (Lady on Man’s right)
25-32 All Promenade and end in circle to repeat

THE FERRYBOAT (R32) Circle Dance (Ladies on Men’s right) Carolyn Hunt Let’s All Dance

1- 8 All Men Adv&Ret and all circle left
9-16 All Ladies Adv&Ret and all circle right
17-24 All dance Grand Chain (pass partner RH to start) and face 5th person (new partner) joining both hands
25-32 All Slip-Step into centre (2 bars) and back, all turn new partners RH

GIBSON’S GALLOP X5R   Couples with W on the R, face cclw in circle RR

All couples, NHJ, dance RR cclw, pivot inwards ; All couples dance clw, finish facing cclw
All W dance Rsh round M in front of her P and Lsh round P, to places
All M dance Lsh round W in front of his P and Rsh round P, to places
All couples BHJ slip cclw ; slip clw {2} | All retire with clap, and advance to next person to the R

Then we moved on to some more “normal”dances:

THE ROCKY ROAD REEL (R4x32) 4C set Douglas Schneider Wee Hoose on the Prairie

1- 8 All Adv&Ret twice
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back
17-24 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
25-32 1s followed by 2s+3s+4s cast, 1s make arch and 2s+3s+4s dance under to top

THE COANWOOD STUARTS (J4x32) 4C set Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1M followed by 2M+3M (who dance up) Cross&Cast down Ladies’ side; cross below 3s and dance up on own side to places
9-16 1s+2s+3s turn partners RH once round and turn partners LH once round
17-24 1L followed by 2L+3L (who dance up) Cross&Cast down Men’s side; cross below 3s and dance up on own side
25-32 All 4 couples Adv&Ret; 1s cast to 4th place while 2s+3s+4s step up

COATES CRESCENT (S4x40) 4C set Dorothy Bell Starters Collection

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 4L also 4M followed by 321 cross and dance up opposite side, all set and ½ turn RH into Allemande hold
17-24 All dance Allemande
25-32 1L+2L also 3L+4L dance between partners and cast back to own sides, 1M+2M also 3M+4M dance between partners and cast back to places
33-40 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross down below 3s and cast to 4th place

FLEUR DE LYS x5R

THE BARMKIN (R88) Sq.Set Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1s+3s turn partners RH and Men followed by Ladies chase clockwise ½ way round set
9-16 1s+3s dance RH across in centre and LH back to “new” places
17-32 2s+4s repeat bars 1-16
33-40 1s+3s turn partners LH and Ladies followed by Men chase anticlockwise ½ way round set
41-48 1s+3s dance R&L
49-64 2s+4s repeat bars 33-48
65-72 All dance into centre and return with corners, Ladies dance round corners passing in front to begin and back to place
73-80 All with corners dance into centre and return with partners, Men dance round partners passing in front to begin and back to place
81-88 All circle 8H round and back

TEDDYBEAR’S PICNIC (J4x32) 4C set Sven Leyffer

1- 8 All set, ½ turn RH and chase clockwise ½ way
9-16 Repeat ½ turning LH and chasing anticlockwise ½ way
17-24 1s slip step down, slip step back up and cast to 4th place
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

FIDDLER’S DELIGHT (R6x32) 3C set John S Trew Martello Tower 5

1- 8 1s+2s set, cross to other side with Ladies dancing under Men’s arch, set and cross back Men under Ladies’ arch
9-16 1s followed by 2s dance down centre, 2s followed by 1s dance up to top
17-24 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s above them
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

 

That’s a lot of dances for a meetup night!!

First class of 2018: Dances for January 9

A very quiet start to our winter session, with only 14 people in attendance!  Dagmar and Holly made sure we worked our brains and body out of vacation mode with the following dances:

FESTIVAL INTERCELTIQUE (R40) Round The Room Ian Brockbank
Circle around the room with partner on Man’s right

1- 8 All circle left and back
9-16 All couples with nearer hands raised as Ladies dance in front and round partner (Men stand still), Men dance in front and round partner
17-24 All in circle Adv&Ret twice
25-32 All turn partner RH, Men turn Lady on left LH into prom hold
33-40 All with new partners promenade round to reform circle with new partners

 

A 4C Strathspey Holly wrote that apparently has not been named, so I have come up with alternate instructions:

1-8 Bla bla bla

9-16 Oh bla di

17-24 Oh bla da

25-32  Life goes on, bra!

33-40 Oh la la how life goes on.

FIDDLER’S DELIGHT (R6x32) 3C set John S Trew Martello Tower 5

1- 8 1s+2s set, cross to other side with Ladies dancing under Men’s arch, set and cross back Men under Ladies’ arch
9-16 1s followed by 2s dance down centre, 2s followed by 1s dance up to top
17-24 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s above them
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

Dagmar then took over with:

THE HAPPY MEETING (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 29

1- 8 1M+2L pass RSh and dance Figs of 8 round standing partners (1L and 2M) passing own partner LSh
9-16 1L+2M pass LSh and dance Figs of 8 round standing partners (1M and 2L) passing own partner RSh
17-24 1s dance 4 slip step down middle, set to each other, slip step up to top and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s Adv&Ret clapping on bar 28 and turn partners RH

 

THE KINGSTON JIG (J4x32) 4C set Roy Goldring G and S Dances

1- 8 1M followed by 2M+3M dance across, down behind Ladies and back to places
9-16 1L followed by 2L+3L repeat
17-24 1s slip step to bottom and back
25-32 1s cast to 4th place (2s+3s+4s step up 27-28) and all turn RH

LADY GLASGOW (S8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set cross RH, set and ½ turn RH into Promenade hold
9-16 1s+2s+3s Promenade
17-24 1s Set&Cast to 2nd place, 1s dance DoSiDo
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

 

THE HAMILTON RANT (R8x48) 3C (4C set) Robert M Campbell RSCDS Book 22

1- 8 1M+2L change places RH, 1L+2M change places, 1M+3M change places and 1L+3L change places
9-16 3s+1s dance ½ R&L, 2s+1s dance ½ R&L
17-24 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s turn 1¾ LH to face 1st corners
25-32 1s set and turn corners 2H and twirl to face partners, set to partners and turn 2H and twirl to face 2nd corners
33-40 1s set and turn 2nd corners and twirl to face partners, set to partners and turn 2H and twirl to face 2nd corners again
41-48 1s dance reel of 3 on opposite sides passing 2nd corner RSh and cross to own sides 2nd place

Hogmanay: December 30, 2017

As is tradition with Hogmanay, we had a small crowd and craptastic weather, but that didn’t stop our two sets from dancing in the new year!  With -20 weather, what could go wrong, other than cars not starting and people being sick?  We had a lot of out-of-town guests: Kachina and her 5 kids (not a typo), Dana from Georgia, Ellen from Vermont, and my mother Elza, who took loads of videos!

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Our beloved hall and the lines from which we never stray
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Olga’s new motto for 2018: if you dress like a picnic blanket, warm weather will follow.
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Julie-Anne tries on my ghillies and immediately develops a dislike for Strathspeys.

 

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Janet and Katie quarrel over who has the coolest necklace
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Dana remembers why she moved out of Montreal to begin with.
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77.6% of a set.
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Look at these three gorgeous women of almost equal height!
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I pretend to know where the kids should go, they pretend to be listening.  It was a win-win.

Screenshots

Johnnie Walker

 

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Montreal Anniversary Jig

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Blue Bonnets

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Castle Douglas

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Kinfauns Castle

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MacDonald of the Isles

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Napier’s Index

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Society Piper

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And the videos!  Thanks to Alison and Elza!

 

 

 

Happy 2018!! We are back on January 9th!

 

Study Guide for Hogmanay on Dec 30th!

As always * indicates easier dances suitable for beginners if they have practiced in class; ** refers to intermediate dances and *** are advanced dances.

** ANDREW’S DANCE (R8x32) 3C (4C set)

A Mills Harbour City

1 – 8 1M followed by 1L casts 1 place, 1M crosses to 2 nd place opp side & dances RSh round 3L as 1L dances RSh round 3M both to 2 nd pl opp sides

9 – 16 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides (1s giving LSh to 2s)

17 – 24 2s+1s dance Ladies Chain

25 – 32 1s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s & turn RH

 

 

** NAPIER’S INDEX (J8x40) 3C (4C Set)

B Charlton RSCDS Bk 45

1 – 8 1s set & cast 1 place, turn LH 1.1/4 times to end in Bal – in – Line position between 1 st corners

9 – 16 1s+1 st corners Bal – in – Line & turn corners RH to Bal – in – Line again with 1 st corners

17 – 2 4 1s dance reel of 3 on sides (LSh to 2 nd corner) & end diagonally between 2 nd corners

25 – 32 1s+2 nd corners Bal – in – Line & turn corners RH, Bal – in – Line again with 2 nd corners

33 – 40 1s dance reels of 3 across (LSh to 3 rd corners) & cross RH to 2 nd places

 

 

 

 

 

** MACDONALD OF THE ISLES (S3x32) 3C Set

D Haynes Carnforth Coll 2

1 – 8 2s dance full diagonal Reels of 4 with 1 st corners, passing by the LSh to face 2 nd corners

9 – 16 2s dance full diagonal Reel of 4 with 2 nd corners to end in original places

17 – 24 All dance Snowball Grand Chain for 3 cples to end 3 (2) 1: as follows

1s cross RH & change places LH on side with 2s

1s change places RH with 3s while 2s cross over RH 1s cross LH while 2s & 3s change places LH. 3 (2) 1

25 – 32 3s+2s dance 1/2 R&L, 3s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round end couples (3M up & 3L down) to end in 2 nd places

 

* SOCIETY PIPER (R8x32) 3C (4C set)

R Goldring 10 Social Dances

1 – 8 1s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s & meet in centre facing down, 1/2 turn 2s with nearer hand & 1/2 turn 3s with othe r hand 1s ending in 3 rd pl opp sides

9 – 16 1s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 3s & meet in centre facing up, 1/2 turn 3s with nearer hand & 1/2 turn 2s with other hand

17 – 24 1s dance down centre to 2 nd place, set to 3s, set to partner & set to 2s

25 – 32 1L dances RH across with 2L+3L on own side & 1M dances LH across on Men’s side, 1s dance up & cast to 2 nd place own sides

 

 

 

* JOHNNIE WALKER (M – (S64+J64)) Sq.Set

N&H Robson Whisky Coll

1 – 8 All circle 8H round & back

9 – 16 All set to corners & turn RH, set to partners & turn LH

17 – 24 1s & 3s advance to centre & lead out through sides with opposite partner, cross & dance to opposite sides & turn partner RH 1.1/2 times

25 – 32 2s & 4s repeat 17 – 24

33 – 40 All Ladies petronella one place to right & all set, Ladies petronella on to next place to right & set

41 – 48 All Men petronella one place to right & all set, Men petronella on to next place to right & set

49 – 64 All dance Grand Chain once round & dance Allemande anticlockwise

65 – 128 Repeat in Jig time

 

 

 

 

 

* BLUE BONNETS (J8x32) 2C (4C set)

RSCDS Bk 3

1 – 8 1L+2M Adv+Ret & dance back to back

9 – 16 1M+2L Adv+Ret & dance back to back

17 – 24 1s lead down the middle & back

25 – 32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

 

 

 

 

 

* CASTLE DOUGLAS (S8x32) 3C (4C set)

R Goldring 12 Soc Dances

1 – 8 1s dance in & cast 1 place, meet in centre nearer hands joined facing 2L, set to 2L turning to left to face 2M, set turning to face Men’s side

9 – 16 1L dances RH across with 2s while 1M dances LH across with 3s, 1s turn about to face each other, set & turn 2H to face 3M

17 – 24 1s set to 3M turning to face 3L, set turning to face Ladies side & dance LH/ RH with 2s/3s, 1s turn about to face each other

25 – 32 1s set & petronella turn on to own sides, 2s+1s+3s all turn partners 2H

 

 

* FESTIVAL FLING (R8x32) 3C (4C Set)

L Davidson RSCDS Bk 44

1 – 8 1s set, cross RH, cast 2 places & dance up to face 1 st corners

9 – 12 1s set to 1 st corner & change places RH with 1 st corner persons passing LSh to face 2 nd corners (M facing M & L facing L)

13 – 16 Original 1 st corner persons set to 2 nd corners & change places RH with 2 nd corners passing LSh to face 1 st corner (M facin g M & L facing L)

17 – 20 Original 2 nd corner persons set to 1 st corners (1s), change places RH & 1s end facing opposite sides as for double triangles

21 – 24 All set, corner persons chase 1 place clockwise while 1s PdB round each other to face down (Man with partner on left)

25 – 32 1s dance down between 3s, cast up to 2 nd place, dance up between 2s & cast to 2 nd place

 

 

 

 

** MONTREAL ANNIVERSARY JIG (J4x32)

3s and 4s on opp.sides H. Boyd Montreal Moments

1 – 8 1s+4s cross over RH, cast in 1 place and turn RH into promenade hold (Lady on Man’s left)to finish facing up/down

9 – 16 1s with 2s and 4s with 3s dance RSh reel of three across the dance to finish with 1s+4s in middle facing up/down

17 – 24 1M+2L and 4M+3L turn RH while 1L+2M and 4L+3M turn LH once round, 1s+4s lead out ends, cross over and cast in one place

25 – 32 All take hands on the side and set, 1s+4s petronella in tandem twice to opposite side and all take hands on the side and set.

(no video available)

 

*** KINFAUNS CASTLE (S5x32) 5C set

D Haynes Ca rnforth Coll 4

1 – 8 2s & 4s dance full diagonal RSh reels of 4 with 1 st corners (passing partner LSh to start)

9 – 16 2s & 4s dance full reel of 4 with 2 nd corners (dancing LSh round partner to face 2 nd corners)

17 – 24 2s & 4s dance Figs of 8 on sides dancing in front of dancer on left (Ladies down & Men up) & meet ready for a Poussette

25 – 32 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance 1/2 Diamond Poussette, 1s+4s also 3s+5s dance 1/2 Diamond Poussette to end 2 4 1 5 3

 

 

 

 

 

** THE AUSTRALIAN LADIES 1 (R8x32) 3C (4C set)

R M Campbell Glasgow Assembly

1 – 8. 1s cross, cast down to 3 rd place & 3s+1s dance RH across.

9 – 16. 1s lead up to top, cross, cast to 2 nd place & 2s+1s dance LH across.

17 – 24. 2s & 3s set & cross RH as 1s cross RH & cast to right, 2s+3s set on sides & change pls RH as 1s cross RH up/down centre & cast to right

25 – 32. 3s & 2s set & cross RH as 1s cross RH & cast to right, 3s+2s set on sides & change pls RH as 1s cross RH up/down centre & cast to 2 nd pls.

*POSTIE’S JIG (J4x32) 4C set

R Clowes Ormskirk 5

1 – 8 1s & 4s set & cast in 1 place, 1s & 4s dance 1/2 Figs of 8 round new end couples

9 – 12 1M+4M & 1L+4L cross (men making an arch) & turn corners with free hand to face up/down

13 – 16 1s+4s dance down/up (couple dancing up make t he arch) & turn corners

17 – 24 Repeat bars 9 – 16 from new pstns

25 – 32 1s+4s dance 1/2 R&L, turn partner RH

 

 

*THE PAISLEY WEAVERS (S3x32) 3C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 6
2s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s cross down RH and cast down behind 3s, cross up RH and cast up round 2s
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance Grand Chain, 1M and 2M face out
17-24 1s+2s dance Ladies’ Chain
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ R&L (Men polite turns), 1s+3s dance ½ R&L

*** A CAPITAL JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set)

T Mackay 5 dances 2009

1 – 8 1s+2s Set & Rotate & end 1s facing up, 2s down: –

` Set, rot ate singly & dance on 1 place clockwise, change places RH on sides & dance on 1 place to own sides (1s in 2 nd p facing upl)

9 – 16 1s dance reels of 3 on own sides (RSh to 2s)

17 – 24 1s set & turn RH to face own sides, 1s dance LH across (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s) to end 2 nd place opposite sides

25 – 32 1s set & turn RH to face opposite sides, 1s dance LH across (1M with 2s, 1L with 3s) ending 2 nd place own sides

 

 

 

 

 

** MAIRI’S WEDDING (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Cosh 22 SCDs

1 – 8 1s turn RH & cast to 2 nd place, 1s turn LH to face 1 st corners

9 – 16 1s dance 1/2 diagonal reel of 4 with 1 st corners, 1s dance 1/2 diagonal reel with 2 nd corners

17 – 24 1s dance 1/2 diagonal reel with 3 rd corner (pstns), 1/2 diagonal reel with 4 th corner (pstns)

25 – 32 1s dance reel of 3 across (Lady with 2s, Man with 3s – LSh to 1 st corner)

33 – 40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

 

 

Last Class of 2017! Dances for December 5, 2017

It’s that time of year again, when we complain about dance ending so early in December and then hang up our ghillies until Hogmanay!   Our last day of class was a festive one with lots of laughter and silliness.  The dances were a bit easier than usual, which is a good thing since I don’t think anyone was paying attention (and by anyone, I mean me).  All three of the teachers taught, and luckily they remembered what they did, because I sure don’t.

Margaret started it off with

THE ATHOLL REEL (R8x32) 2C (4C set) John S Trew Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1M+2L Adv&Ret, 1L+2M Adv&Ret
9-16 1s+2s chase round clockwise (in square formation) to places
17-24 1s followed by 2 lead down and 2s lead up
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

THE OBAN REEL (S8x32) 2C (4C set) John S Trew Let’s All Dance

(not pronounced like PECAN, as Margaret vehemently pointed out)

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 2s dance Fig of 8 round 1s
17-24 1s turn RH, cast 1 place and turn LH to places
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

 

JOHNNY’S NEW JIG (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Susie Langdon Kass Let’s all Dance

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back to places
9-16 1s lead down for 3 steps, back to top and cast to 2nd places
17-24 1s full Fig of 8 round 2s
25-32 2s+1s circle 4H round and back

Then Holly of course had to choose the creepy-tastic

TEDDYBEAR’S PICNIC (J4x32) 4C set Sven Leyffer

1- 8 All set, ½ turn RH and chase clockwise ½ way
9-16 Repeat ½ turning LH and chasing anticlockwise ½ way
17-24 1s slip step down, slip step back up and cast to 4th place
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

(and speaking of creepy but cute, check out this video of it)

KILDONAN HALL (H. Boyd R8X32)

1 – 4                  1st couple cross, giving right hands, and cast to                                         second place. 2nd couple step up on 3&4

5 – 8                  1st couple, giving left hands, turn once round finishing in                          second place on opposite sides

9 – 16       2nd and 1st couples dance a ladies’ chain

17 – 24      2nd and 1st couples dance right hands across and left hands back

25 – 26      2nd and 1st couples, taking hands on the side, set

27 – 28      1st couple, giving right hands, cross to second place own sides

29 – 32      2nd and 1st couples circle four hands round to the left

AND THE LADIES WORE RED (R4x32) 4C set Amanda Peart The Sunday Class 1

1- 8 All Men pass partner RSh, dance down behind Ladies and back up Men’s side. 4321
9-16 All Ladies pass opposite Man RSh, dance up behind Men and down Ladies’ side. 4321
17-24 All Adv&Ret, 4s dance down to 4th place (3s+2s+1s step up 23-24). 3214
25-32 3s+2s also 1s+4s dance Poussette. 2341

 

Then it was Dagmar’s turn, and we continued with

THE PAISLEY WEAVERS (S3x32) 3C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 6
2s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s cross down RH and cast down behind 3s, cross up RH and cast up round 2s
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance Grand Chain, 1M and 2M face out
17-24 1s+2s dance Ladies’ Chain
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ R&L (Men polite turns), 1s+3s dance ½ R&L

 

THORNYCROFT (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Roy Goldring G and S Dances 2

1- 8 1M also 2L cross passing their standing partner by RSh and cast 1 place, 1M+2L turn RH back to places
9-16 1L+2M repeat passing partner LSh and turning LH
17-24 1s slip step down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette

 

Then it was time to party! As per usual, 3/4 of us brought cookies, so there was plenty of sugar.  Here are some lovely photos from our time together.   See you on December 30th for Hogmanay!!!

 

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What would we do without these three? A rare shot of all three troublemakers. 

 

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They look so peaceful when they’re posing…

 

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The three teachers plus appendage

 

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The stairway to elegance

 

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The doctor recommends always getting your photo taken while holding a plate
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Michael gives Don some tips on how to dress 78% tartan.

 

 

 

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Luckily, some of our lovely newer dances have stuck with us! Valerie wonders why in this hard-hitting interview.

 

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The “youth” division tries to take a selfie, realizes they’re not so youthful after all.