Last class of the term – May 21, 2019

This last week was a “dancer’s choice” kind of day, and luckily nobody asked for a Strathspey (or maybe they did and I didn’t pass on the message…you’ll never know).

We did some odd circle dance that made you dance backwards which Holly brought back from Pawling (don’t know the name, but managed to wrangle my way out of it)

We did a few favourites like

LEFT-HANDED FIDDLER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Howard Lasnik

1- 8 1s turn LH and cast 1 place, cross LH and cast left to both face 2L 
9-16 1s set and turning inwards set to 3M and face 3L, set and turn inwards set to 2M end facing 1st corners 
17-24 1s turn corners LH and partner RH to face 2nd corners, turn corner LH and partner RH to 2nd places own sides 
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

MAIRI’S WEDDING (R8x40) 3C (4C set) James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, 1s turn LH to face 1st corners 
9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 2nd corners 
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 3rd corner (pstns), ½ diagonal reel with 4th corner (pstns) 
25-32 1s dance reel of 3 across (Lady with 2s, Man with 3s – LSh to 1st corner) 
33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back. 213

and, with a shiny new video of nousautres (thanks Anna and Ramona), we did

THE CAPTAIN’S HOUSE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Holly Boyd RSCDS Graded 3

1- 8 1s turn RH, cast (2s step up), cross LH to face out in 2nd place opposite sides 
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides, 1s pass 2nd corner LSh to start. 1s finish facing 1st corners 
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass RSh, dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners finishing in 2nd place opposite sides. (3)(1)(2) 
25-32 3s+1s+2s turn partners RH and dance clockwise ½ way round set to own sides. 213

Then we had FOOD and CHATTING! Thank you all for coming throughout this year and we’ll see you in September!


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Dances for May 14, 2019

Penultimate class of the term!!!

Beth did

A Starter for Ten
Roy Goldring   Graded and Social Dances 3 
Jig   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s cross by the right;

  3-4   1s cast 2 places;

  5-8   3s1M 1L4s right hands across;

  9-12 1L cross up, 1M down, into half figures of 8 across;

13-16 3s1M 1L4s left hands across;

17-20 2M1L 1M5L turn by the right, 1s finishing by passing by the right;

21-24 2L1M 1L5M turn by the left, finishing 2s3s1s4s5s on own sides;

25-28 1s advance and cast to 5th place;

29-32 2s 3s 4s 5s 1s turn both hands (skip change).

Holly did

A DANCE FOR DARRAGH (8JX32)

SKAMB SKINNET (R5x32) 5C set Duewell TIGHES HILL DANCES

1- 8 1s + 3s set, cast 1 place and dance ½ Fig of 8 up
9-16 1s + 3s set, cast off one place and dance ½ Fig of 8 up
17-24 1s dance Teapots R; and L
25-32 4s+1s and 5s+3s dance R&L

EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA (London 1930-4PM) (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Ronald MacKay

1- 8 2s followed by 1s lead down, 1s followed by 2s lead up to top and 1s cast to 2nd place 
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Grand Chain 
17-24 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 3s (giving RH) and ½ Fig of 8 round 2s (giving RH) 
25-32 1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s) and dance LH across with other couple


DECIMUS (Ten Up For Kingston) (J5x32) 5C set John S Trew Martello Tower 4

1- 8 1s and 5s dance Figs of 8 round next couple ending in middle facing down/up 
9-16 2s+3s+4s dance reels of 3 on sides (2L and 3L, 3M and 4M pass RSh to start) 
17-24 1s and 5s advance to centre of dance and dance RH across, 5s return to place while 1s dance to top and turn towards each other to face down 
25-32 1s change places with 2s, then 3s, 4s and 5s (dancing between 2s+4s and outside 3s and 5s)

And Dagmar did

THE JUBILEE JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Leaflet Dances 11

1- 8 1M casts to 2nd place, sets to 3L, turns RH and dances back to 2nd place on own side 
9-16 1L casts to 2nd place, sets to 3M, turns LH and dances back to 2nd place 
17-24 1L with 2s and 1M with 3s dance RH across, 1s end in centre LH joined, 1s set in centre and dance out to 2nd place on opposite sides 
25-32 1M with 2s and 1L with 3s dance RH across, 1s end in centre LH joined, 1s set in centre and dance out to 2nd place on own sides

Dances for May 7, 2019

May has arrived and we are approaching the end of our term! Holly celebrated the occasion by doing some questionable dances involving unacceptable things like kneeling and decapitation:

THE FOULA REEL (J4x48) 4C set RSCDS Book 4 
Running step, 2 steps per bar

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back 
9-24 1s turn RH, 1M turns 2L LH as 1L turns 2M LH, turn partner, turn 3s, turn partner, turn 4s (as Strip the Willow) and cast up own side to top 
25-32 2s+3s+4s kneel and clap as 1s with nearer hands joined dance down Ladies’ side and up Men’s side making arch over the kneeling dancers 
33-48 All join 2H with partner and 1s dance in and out to bottom as 2s+3s+4s in unison shuttle first to Ladies’ side and back to Men’s side moving up as 1s pass

THE PIPE OPENER (J5x32) 5C set Roy Goldring G and S Dances 3

1- 8 1s and 5s Adv&Ret diagonally, 1s cross RH and cast 2 places 
9-16 3s+1s+4s circle 6H round and back 
17-24 1s cross LH and cast down 2 places, 2s and 1s Adv&Ret diagonally 
25-32 All turn partner RH once round, once round LH

Charlie’s Birthday (J8X32) – a Catherine Stewart Montreal special

1-8 1c+2c ¾ R&L | all set (2,1,3)

9-20 3C R&L (2,1,3)

21-24 All set | 2c&3c set while{2} 1c set advancing to face 1cnrs

25–Corners Pass And Turn (2,1,3)

THE ROSE OF THE NORTH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring Leeds Silver Jubilee

1- 4 1s lead down below 3s, Cross&Cast up to 2nd place on opposite side 
5-16 2s+1s+3s dance 3 couple R&L, 1s end facing 1st corners 
17-24 1s set and turn 1st corner 2H, set and turn 2nd corner 2H. 1s finish BtoB in centre, 1M facing up, 1L facing down 
25-32 1s circle 3H round to left (Man with 2s and Lady with 3s), 1s pull back RSh to face each other and set, 1s Petronella turn to 2nd place own side

THE CAPTAIN’S HOUSE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) A HOLLY BOYD SPECIAL RSCDS Graded 3

1- 8 1s turn RH, cast (2s step up), cross LH to face out in 2nd place opposite sides 
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides, 1s pass 2nd corner LSh to start. 1s finish facing 1st corners 
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass RSh, dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners finishing in 2nd place opposite sides. (3)(1)(2) 
25-32 3s+1s+2s turn partners RH and dance clockwise ½ way round set to own sides. 213

Aren’t we adorable!

A Starter for Ten
Roy Goldring   Graded and Social Dances 3 
Jig   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-2   1s cross by the right;

  3-4   1s cast 2 places;

  5-8   3s1M 1L4s right hands across;

  9-12 1L cross up, 1M down, into half figures of 8 across;

13-16 3s1M 1L4s left hands across;

17-20 2M1L 1M5L turn by the right, 1s finishing by passing by the right;

21-24 2L1M 1L5M turn by the left, finishing 2s3s1s4s5s on own sides;

25-28 1s advance and cast to 5th place;

29-32 2s 3s 4s 5s 1s turn both hands (skip change).

Dances for April 30, 2019

A more off-the-cuff evening this week, as we recovered from the Tea Dance. Beth and Holly and Dagmar taught the following:

Holly had to do a circle dance:

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

TASMANIAN DEVIL REEL (R8X32) Everett;

TERRACE LOGGERS’ JIG (J4x32) 4C set Kirsten Earl Ruby Anniv Collection

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast to bottom, dance ‘High 5’ and cast back to places 
9-16 All dance DoSiDo twice 
17-24 All dance down middle, 1s make an arch and 2s+3s+4s dance up. 2341 
25-32 2s+3s also 4s+1s dance RH across and LH back

What a place to dance!!

Beth taught us:

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

Aww, look who it is!!

Dagmar did:

GRANT’S JIG (J8x32) 2C (4C set) David Rutherford RSCDS Book 14 – modified from Grant’s Reel

1- 8 1M+2L set and turn RH, 1L+2M repeat 
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back to top 
17-24 1s Set&Cast to 1st place and dance DoSiDo with partner 
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

THE DUKE HE WAS A BONNIE BEAU (R8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8 1s+2s set twice and turn RH 
9-16 1s followed by 2s lead down and 2s followed by 1s lead back to top, 2s cast to original places 
17-24 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back, 1s casting to 2nd places 
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

Holly ended it with:

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

Montreal Tea Dance April 27, 2019

It was that 61st time of year again in Montreal! Sadly, a few of our tea dance attendees were not able to come because of the floods (stupid nature, as I always say), but those of us lucky enough to stay dry enjoyed the food and the company, and apparently there was some other activity we did which I can’t remember.

Sunny’s beautiful posters. Definitely an improvement from when I used to make them.

It may have an easy wring, but mopping is exhausting for everyone.
Don putting our PG status at risk, as per usual.
Holly clenching her fists together right before strangling Richard, as the dogs stand by for backup.
Excited to get a selfie with Family Ties Michael Gross and comedian Martin Short (wonder why they came to our dance? Don’t they live in California?)
The out-of-towners, posing in a handy U-shaped chart.
Duncan mentally prepares for his flute performance while Sue and Diana battle it out for best hair.
Michael suddenly realizes he left one of his legs downstairs.
“Why do we keep coming to these things, Catherine?!”
Between my shirt and Dagmar’s hair, there was no way this picture wasn’t going to be saturated in pink.
It looks like everyone is applauding the musicians, but really, it’s because the 15-minute Strathspey was finally over.
In case of Strathspey, walk, don’t run, to the nearest exit.
Joanne and Katie play side-to-side seesaw
Drama at the Montreal Tea Dance as Beth kicks her mom out of the set.

Look at the covering!!!
The show-off set, while Charlie tries to make a break for it
Best-dressed in the hall lead up to first place.
Charlie tries to save Marion from Joanne’s grasp, but as seen below, it was too late.

This is a piece I like to call “Never Enough Dagmars”. Zoom in and you’ll understand.
Thomas deposits Ellen on the lady’s side as he ponders whether he should come down from his levitation pose.

Alistair’s Birthday Celebration!! Plus random caterer clapping!
Aw, he’s turning 8! (he looks kinda old for his age)
Good thing this wasn’t awkward.
As you look around our esteemed guests, just remember this…Alistair is MUCH older than me.
Katie’s dance!!!

Dances for April 16, 2019

Practicing for the Spring Tea Dance and other assorted dances we go!

We started off with a warm-up dance,

THE GLEN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Susie Langdon Kass Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back 
9-16 1s+2s turn RH and LH 
17-24 1s lead down and back to 2nd places 
25-32 2s+1s circle 4H round and back

Then we worked on dolphin reels (Don sound effects included), with


DANCING DOLPHINS
 (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton Dolphin Book

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place (2s step up). 1s turn LH 1¼ times to end facing Ladies’ side, 1L on 1M’s right (*see note) 
9-16 1s dance Alternating Tandem reel of 3 on Ladies’ side (1L leads starting RSh to 3L) 
17-24 1s dance Alternating Tandem reel on Men’s side (1L leads starting LSh to 3M) and end in prom hold facing Ladies’ side 
25-32 1s dance out between 2L+3L, cast round 3L and dance up to top of set, drop hands and cast to 2nd place own side 
*Note: 1s cover, remaining parallel to line of set throughout reels (bars 9-24)

PELORUS JACK (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton RSCDS Book 41

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, dance RH across with 3s. 1s end with Man facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him 
9-16 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 3 with 1st corners to face Man’s 2nd corner, 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 3 with 2nd corners 
17-24 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reels of 3 with Ladies’ 1st corner (pstn),1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with Ladies’ 2nd corner (pstn) 
25-32 1M followed by partner dance into LH across with 2s, 1s retain LH and ½ turn to own sides and 2s+1s+3s set

THE CRAVEN STRATHSPEY (I wasn’t craving no Strathspey) (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 1

1- 8 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette 
9-16 1s+2s Set&Link and circle 4H round to left 
17-24 2s+1s+3s RSh reels of 3 on own sides (1s dancing up to start) 
25-32 2s+1s dance RH across, 1s+3s dance LH across

The Rug Beater (R8X32)

1– 1c dance down the middle (2c up) ; and up to between 2c who face down

9– 1c+2c turn EH ¾ to sidelines | 1c (start inwards) turn 3c ; All A&R (2,1,3)

17– All set | cross RH ; chase ½ round clw (3,1,2)

25– All set | cross LH ; chase ½ round cclw (2,1,3)

ANNAN GOLD (S3x32) 3C set Evelyn Ramwell 3rd Kirkbrae Collection

1- 8 All set and cross RH, set and cross back RH 
9-16 1s lead down (2 steps), set passing LSh to face 1st corners (2s step up 9-10), turn corners 2H into lines across (1L between 2s and 1M with 3s). All set 
17-24 1s set passing LSh to face 2nd corners, turn corners 2H onto sides, all set and 1s pass RSh to 2nd place own sides facing out 
25-32 1s dance 6 bar reels of 3 on own sides (1s out and down to start). 1s+3s change places on sides (Men LH, Ladies RH)

As the Worm Turns (J8X32)

1–4 1M casts off behind men’s line, followed by 1L, 2L, 2M (dancing through each other’s places)

5–8 All pull back RS and retrace path back to original places

9–12 1C+2C RH across13–161C lead down through 3C, cross, cast up [2,1x,3]17–Mirror Reels3 on sides (1C start up and in, 2C&3C start by casting)

25–28 1C lead up through 2C, cross, cast off [2,1,3]29–321C+3C LH across

Dances for April 2, 2019

A fun night for people who like Strathspeys, and also for normal people!

Beth warmed us up with her own creation,

SPRING FLOWERS (J8X32) Beth Birdsall

1-8        1s cross by the R hand, cast off (2s stepping up), and turn by the L to face 3rd woman in promenade hold

9-16      Diagonal reel of 3, 1s giving 3rd woman R shoulder to begin

17-24    Diagonal reel of 3 along the second corner diagonal, 1s giving 2nd woman L shoulder to begin; 1s finish in the centre facing down

25-32    1s lead down and cross over between the 3s and cast up into second place; all turn partner by the R hand once round

(variation for a 3-couple set: on bars 25-28, 1s lead down and cross over into 3rd place (3s stepping up) and set.)

Then we did, in line with my HILARIOUS April Fools’ joke,

SUMMER SUN DAYS (R8x32) 3C (4C set)

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 2 places, turn RH and lead up to 2nd place opposite sides 
9-16 1s in prom hold dance reel of 3 with 2s (giving RSh to 2L to start) 
17-24 1s dance down between 3s and cast up to 2nd place own sides 
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

Along with some strathspey set practice and set and link practice.

Then Margaret did her own Strathspey creation,

GRANNY KEMPOCK (3S32)  – Margaret Gomersall (2017 – Montréal 60)

1-8   1c+2c S&Link ; 1c+3c S&Link, 3W(1M) face out and down(up) (2,3,1)

9-16 Parallel Reels3 on sidelines, 1c Rsh to 3c, and 1M face out (2,3,1)

17-24 1M followed by 1W cast | cross to 2plx (3c down) ; 1M+2c & 1W+3c RHA, finish in centre facing P (2,1x,3)

25-32   1c set | Petronella Turn ; all turn P BH (2,1,3)

THE LUCKENBOOTH BROOCH (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Bowie Dickson Glendarroch Sh 28

1- 8 1s in prom hold (Lady on Man’s left) dance reel of 3 with 2s (RSh to 2M) and end facing 3M 
9-16 1s dance reel with 3s (RSh to 3M) ending with 1s dancing across to Men’s side 
17-24 1M casts up and 1L down into centre and dance out Ladies’ side, 1M cast up and 1L down to end 1M between 2s facing down and 1L+3s face up as 2s+3s dance R&L 
25-32 2s+1s+3s set twice, 1s turn RH 1¾ times to 2nd places

Beth finished us off with

ABBOTSFORD LASSIES (R4x32) Sq.Set Charlie Inglis

1- 8 1s+3s set and change places RH (up/down), dance clockwise round the outside of the set back to places (ending in partner’s place) 
9-16 2s+4s repeat 
17-24 1L+2M and 3L+4M (taking nearer hands) Adv&Ret diagonally, 2L+3M and 4L+1M repeat 
25-32 All circle 8H round and back ending with Men in original places with new partner

What are these people wearing??