Dances for March 5, 2019

With the power couple back from Taiwan (Holly was there to survey the Taipeinese to see if they could come up with the most annoying Strathspey ever to bring back to me), and lots of experienced dancers, it was full steam ahead for the social!

Of course, “the dad dance” was a great review of the reels of three from the week before, as Beth started us off with


REELY  (R8X32) D. Birdsall aka “BETH’S DAD” A Cup of Cheer

Formations

Then

EH3 7AF (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring RSCDS Book 40 (I know this is supposed to refer to the RSCDS headquarters’ post code, but this name just reminds me of the catchy “Beechwood 45789”, which then gets stuck in my head for a few hours)

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

SUMMER WOOING (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Alan MacPherson RSCDS Book 38 (this title remind me of the movie “GREASE”, which has great music but is a SUPER annoying movie).

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round to left, chase clockwise ½ way to end on opposite sides (2s in 1st place facing down and 1s in 2nd place facing up) 
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance RSh reels of 3 on sides 
17-24 1s followed by 2s lead down for 3, 2s divide and follow 1s back to top, 1s+2s retain RH and Men pass in front of Ladies as they turn under right arm 
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

Review of blahs…sorry Strathspey.

Then this Strathspey, but with rights and lefts instead of a full diamond poussette (thank goodness).

THE COMPLIMENT (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Roy Goldring 12 More Social Dances (I’m waiting for someone to write a dance called “THE INSULT“. I dare you, Holly).

1- 8 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette 
9-16 1L+2L dance between partners, divide and dance back to places, 1s turn RH 1½ times as 2s turn LH 1½ times 
17-24 1M+2M dance between partners, divide and dance back to places, 1s turn RH 1½ times as 2s turn LH 1½ times 
25-32 1s+2s set, circle 4H round to left ½ way and turn partners 2H 1½ times

Then Holly finished us off with Margaret’s

A DANCE FOR CHLOE (R4X32) for 2 Couples Margaret Gomersall (She’s so cute and fluffy!!! And so is Chloe!)

1- 8 1s cast, dance 1/2 Fig of 8 up round 2s to finish in promenade hold facing up, woman on man’s left 

9-16 1s with 2s dance RSh reel of three across the dance to finish with 1s in middle facing up 

17-24 1s lead up, cross over and cast off to 2nd place. 2s dance down and cast up around 1s. 

25-32 2s+1s dance rights and lefts 

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Dances for February 26, 2018

Beth and Dagmar taught again, while Margaret watched on and Holly dreamed of us from Taiwan!

Beth started us off with

SELKIRK REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Ed Stern Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides dancing between 2s to start 
9-16 1s dance down for 3 bars, dance back to top and cast to 2nd place (2s step up 7-8). End 2s facing 1s on sides, couples nearer hands joined 
17-24 1s form arch and dance up, 2s dance under. 1s+2s turn toward partner to change direction. Repeat arches and changes 3 more times, the couple in 2nd place making the arch 
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

Then taught reels of 3, along with Beth dad’s creation,

REELY (R8X32) D. Birdsall, A Cup of Cheer

Formations

Then Dagmar taught corners – first time this term! And she finished it off with

THE MAD HATTER (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Iain Boyd Happy to Meet

1- 8 1s dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place, dance up between 2s and cast to 2nd place own side 
9-16 1s Adv&Ret with 1st corners and dance DoSiDo with 1st corners 
17-24 1s repeat with 2nd corners 
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

CROM ALLT (The Crooked Burn) (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 24 G and S dances

1- 8 1s dance reels of 3 on own sides (in and down to start) 
9-16 1s+2s turn on sides 1½ times (Men RH and Ladies LH), 1s dance between 3s and cast up to 2nd place on own sides 
17-24 1s+1st corners Adv&Ret, 1s+1st corners turn RH 
25-32 1s+2nd corners Adv&Ret, 1s+2nd corners turn LH

Note that bars 9-16 are modified to make the progression suitable for a 3-couple repeat in a 3-couple set.

Dances for February 19, 2019

At last a clear night…and Dagmar made it!

Beth started us off with

THE SELKIRK SETTLERS (R3x40) 3C set Margaret Zadworny Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s 
9-16 3s dance Fig of 8 round 2s 
17-24 All Men cross and dance RSh round partner back to places, all Ladies repeat 
25-32 2s dance Fig of 8 round 1s+3s (down between 3s to start) 
33-40 1s dance down for 2 and back to top, 1s cast to bottom

Dance starts at 0:50


MO RANCH SPECIAL 2C (R8X32) 
1-8 1s+2s dance R&L
9-16 1s+2s circle 4H round & back
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance the Poussette

Dagmar taught reels of three, followed by Holly Boyd’s creation

EASY DOES IT (J8X32)

1-8 1W 2C Rsh reel 3 across.

9-16 1M 2C Lsh reel3 across.

17-24 1C lead down the middle and up

25-32 1C 2C poussette.

SUMMER WOOING (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Alan MacPherson RSCDS Book 38

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round to left, chase clockwise ½ way to end on opposite sides (2s in 1st place facing down and 1s in 2nd place facing up) 
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance RSh reels of 3 on sides 
17-24 1s followed by 2s lead down for 3, 2s divide and follow 1s back to top, 1s+2s retain RH and Men pass in front of Ladies as they turn under right arm 
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

Dances for February 12, 2019

Lots of snow and Beth ran the show, teaching pas de basque and poussette, and with a review of Strathspey travelling step.

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

ACROSS THE ESK modified (R8x40R) 3C (4C set) Ian Barbour Set&Cast Off Vol 1

1- 8 1s+2s set, 1s cast 1 place while 2s cross up, 1s+3s set, 1s cast 1 place while 3s cross up 
9-16 2s+3s+1s dance reels of 3 on sides (2s in and down to start) 
17-24 3s+1s dance ½ R&L, 2s+1s dance ½ R&L 
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213 33-40 Advance Retire, 1s set, cast off while 3s step up

MO RANCH SPECIAL 2C (R8X32)
1-8 1s+2s dance R&L
9-16 1s+2s circle 4H round & back
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance the Poussette

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

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

THE COMPLIMENT modified (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Roy Goldring 12 More Social Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance Rights and Lefts
9-16 1L+2L dance between partners, divide and dance back to places, 1s turn RH 1½ times as 2s turn LH 1½ times 
17-24 1M+2M dance between partners, divide and dance back to places, 1s turn RH 1½ times as 2s turn LH 1½ times 
25-32 1s+2s set, circle 4H round to left ½ way and turn partners 2H 1½ times

Study Guide for A+P Social

Dances suitable for Newcomers have a * next to them!

*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

SUENO’S STONE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Neil Grant

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast 1 place, 1s turn LH 1½ times to face 2nd corners (side by side holding LH) 
9-16 1s set to 2nd corners and turning inwards set to 4th corner, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 4th corners and end facing 1st corners (holding LH) 
17-24 1s set to 1st corners and turning inwards set to 3rd corner, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 3rd corners and end in middle facing partner (1M down, 1L up) 
25-28 2s+3s set and dance on clockwise 1 place while 1s turn RH 1½ times to end 1L between 2L+3L (at top) and 1M between 2M+3M 
29-32 All chase on 1 place to own sides and set. 213

*FROM THE BROOMIELAW (S4x32) 4C set Anna C Holden TAC Silver Anniv Dances

1- 8 1L+2M also 3L+4M change places RH, cast back to place passing behind partner, 1s+2s also 3s+4s circle 4H round to left 
9-16 1M+2L also 3M+4L repeat but change places LH and circle round to round to right 
17-24 1s lead down the middle for 4 steps, 1s followed by 4s+3s+2s dance up to top 
25-32 1s+4s+3s+2s dance Allemande

THE COMPLEAT GARDENER (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Irene Paterson RSCDS Third Graded Book

1- 8 1s+2s Dance Set&Rotate:- 
‘ Set, rotate singly and dance on 1 place clockwise, change places RH on sides and dance on 1 place to own sides (1s in 2nd place) 
9-16 1s cross RH and cast right, cross LH up/down and cast left to end facing 1st corners 
17-24 1s Pass&Turn with 1st corners and end facing 2nd corners, 1s Pass&Turn with 2nd corners and pass RSh to 2nd place own sides 
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

THE CELTIC CROSS (R4x48) Sq.Set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 1

1- 8 All Ladies dance RH across once round as Men dance anticlockwise ½ way, Ladies give LH to opposite Man, set and ½ turn Men into centre 
9-16 Men dance RH across once round as Ladies dance anticlockwise ½ way, Men give LH to partners, set and ½ turn partners 
17-24 1s+3s Adv&Ret 2 steps and dance ½ R&L End in original places 
25-32 2s+4s Adv&Ret 2 steps and dance ½ R&L End in original places 
33-40 All set to partners and turn RH, set to corners and turn corner RH into prom hold facing anticlockwise 
41-48 Men Promenade their corners round anticlockwise and bring corners across in front of them to repeat dance with new partner on right

*CASTLE DOUGLAS (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 12 Soc Dances

1- 8 1s dance in and 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 and turn 2H to face 3M 
17-24 1s set to 3M turning to face 3L, set turning to face Ladies’ side. 1M+2s dance LH across while 1L+3s and dance RH across. Bar 24 1s turn about to face each other up/down set 
25-32 1s set and petronella turn on to own sides, 2s+1s+3s all turn partners 2H

*THE BURNTISLAND JIG (J5x32) 5C set Bob Beattie Three Hands Across

1- 8 1s and 3s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s and 3s dance down between couples below and cast up to end BtoB with partners facing out 
9-16 1s and 3s dance Double Triangles with 2s+4s+5s and BtoB with partners facing opposite sides 
17-24 1s and 3s turn 1st corners RH and pass partner RSh to face 2nd corners, 1s and 3s turn 2nd corners RH to end on opposite sides between corners and all set 
25-32 2s+1s+4s+3s+5s Adv&Ret, 1s and 3s cross RH and cast 1 place

*A TRIP TO BAVARIA (R4x32) 4C set James MacGregor-Brown Guide To SCD (ex-Collins)

1- 4 1s and 4s cross RH while 2s+3s dance ½ RH across, 1s+3s and 2s+4s change places LH on sides 
5- 16 Repeat 1-4 another 3 times (end couples cross RH, middle couples ½ RH across; couples in 1st+2nd place also 3rd+4th place change places LH) All finish in original places 
17-24 1s set to 2s and cross over to face 3s, set and cross to face 4s 
25-32 1s set to 4s and cross over to 4th place on opposite sides, all Adv&Ret 2 steps and 1s change places RH (2H popular) to retire to own sides. 2341

*A DANCE FOR CHLOE (R4X32) for 2 Couples Margaret Gomersall

1- 8 1s cast, dance 1/2 Fig of 8 up round 2s to finish in promenade hold facing up, woman on man’s left 

9-16 1s with 2s dance RSh reel of three across the dance to finish with 1s in middle facing up 

17-24 1s lead up, cross over and cast off to 2nd place. 2s dance down and cast up around 1s. 

25-32 2s+1s dance rights and lefts 

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND (S5x32) 5C set John Brenchley The Other Kangaroo Paw

1- 4 1s+5s cross RH and cast down/up 1 place (2s+4s step up/down) 
5- 8 1M+2s also 1L+3s+5M also 5L+4s dance circles round to Left. 1s+5s end in middle facing partners (Men facing down, Ladies facing up)
9-16 1s+5s set, dance ½ reel of 4, set advancing to partners, pass LSh to face 2nd corner positions 
17-24 1s+5s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners, turn LH to face 1st corner positions, dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, turn LH to face 4th corner positions (partner’s 2nd corner position) 
25-32 1s+5s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 4th corners, turn LH to face out on own sides, cast 1 place (3s+2s step up 31-32) 43521

SUMMER WOOING (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Alan MacPherson RSCDS Book 38

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round to left, chase clockwise ½ way to end on opposite sides (2s in 1st place facing down and 1s in 2nd place facing up) 
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance RSh reels of 3 on sides 
17-24 1s followed by 2s lead down for 3, 2s divide and follow 1s back to top, 1s+2s retain RH and Men pass in front of Ladies as they turn under right arm 
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

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

Dance up to 0:35.

THE COMPLIMENT (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Roy Goldring 12 More Social Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette 
9-16 1L+2L dance between partners, divide and dance back to places, 1s turn RH 1½ times as 2s turn LH 1½ times 
17-24 1M+2M dance between partners, divide and dance back to places, 1s turn RH 1½ times as 2s turn LH 1½ times 
25-32 1s+2s set, circle 4H round to left ½ way and turn partners 2H 1½ times

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

Burns Social, February 2, 2019

The Valois class hosted a lovely Burns social this past weekend, with fun dances, good company, and a very disobedient guest of honour. Thanks to teacher Brian and everyone who cooked and cleaned and got all dressed up. Enjoy some pictures and videos of the event! Photos courtesy of May and myself!

Slightly off-KILTer (pun intended).
I would poke fun at this outfit, but it’s too magnificent for words.
Janet announces that we need to shut up and get in sets already.
Alyson shows Jenny and Charles where the emergency exits are in case things go south during a Strathspey.
As usual, Don pushes the limits of what’s supposed to be a PG-event.
Compulsory Bobbsey Twins portrait, featuring Dagmar’s vest!
Robin gives the address. Or recites Hamlet, it’s not like I understood anything.
Food time!
Catherine stocks up for winter.

Thanks, Valois Class!

Dances for February 5, 2019

A challenging night for our newer dancers, as Margaret began training us for the upcoming A+P Social on March 16th! The theme of the night was DOUBLE TRIANGLES!!!

THE BURNTISLAND JIG (J5x32) 5C set Bob Beattie Three Hands Across

1- 8 1s and 3s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s and 3s dance down between couples below and cast up to end BtoB with partners facing out 
9-16 1s and 3s dance Double Triangles with 2s+4s+5s and BtoB with partners facing opposite sides 
17-24 1s and 3s turn 1st corners RH and pass partner RSh to face 2nd corners, 1s and 3s turn 2nd corners RH to end on opposite sides between corners and all set 
25-32 2s+1s+4s+3s+5s Adv&Ret, 1s and 3s cross RH and cast 1 place

LADY DUMFRIES (R8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1

1- 8 1s+2s dance R&L 
9-16 1s followed by 2s lead down to bottom and 2s lead back 
17-24 2s+1s+3s set, cross RH, set and cross back RH except 1s who pass RSh to end BtoB facing own sides in Double Triangle position 
25-32 1s dance Double Triangles with 2s+3s

PRESTON MILL (R5x32) 5C set Margaret Martin RSCDS Book 45

1- 8 1M crosses down to dance Fig of 8 round 2L+1L while 2M crosses down to dance Fig of 8 round 3L+2L while 4L crosses up to dance Fig of 8 round 3M+4M while 5L crosses up to dance Fig of 8 round 4M+5M all returning to places 
9-16 1M also 3L followed by partners cast down 1 place and cross to opposite side, 2s+1s also 3s+5s dance LH across 
17-24 1s and 3s set advancing and turn right about, 1s and 3s dance 6 bars of Double Triangles 
25-32 1s and 3s dance out own sides and cast 1 place, all set and turn partners RH. 24153

Then Holly popped in to give us a brain break and do the easier

FLEUR DE LYS  Reel · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise – 4  H. Boyd

Figures: Right-hands across, Left-hands across, Right-Hand turn, circle, 1s weave to the bottom.

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 of dance starts at 2:38