Last class of the term; May 22, 2018

The end of the term already…time to begin summer activities like going to the mall, home depot, the library and basically anywhere air conditioned.   Dagmargaret taught again with some help from Beth, and then we had a little PART-AY to celebrate everything we learned which will soon be forgotten in the coming months.

Margaret started us off with

GLORIA’S WEE JIG (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Bob McMurtry Devil’s Quandary   (Laura Branigan would be so proud!)

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 casts up behind 2M, crosses to 2nd place own side while 1M casts up on Ladies’ side, Crosses&Casts to 2nd place, 2s+1s set

(video starts at 12:36)

THE MUSIC MAKARS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring RSCDS Book 33

1- 8 1s turn RH, cast 1 place and turn partner LH to Balance-in-Line position with 1st corners
9-16 1s Balance-in-Line with 1st corners then face 1st corners and set, 1s turn to right again and Balance-in-Line with corners then turn partner RH to face 2nd corners
17-24 1s Balance-in-Line with 2nd corners then face 2nd corners and set, 1s turn to left again and Balance-in-Line with corners then turn partner LH to end 1L facing 2s, 1M facing 3s
25-32 1s dance RH across (1L with 2s and 1M with 3s), 1s change places passing RSh and dance LH across with other couple

Check out the Germans being awesome:

Then Beth took over and we did

UNCLE BILL’S JIG
Roy Goldring   Graded and Social Dances 3
Jig   8 x 32 bars   2 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

1-4   1s2s right hands across;

5-8   1s turn by the right 1¼ times to finish 2M1L2L with nearer hands joined, 1M behind 1L, all facing down;

9-12 2M1L2L followed by 1M dance down, release hands and turn about, finishing 2M1M2L with nearer hands joined, 1L behind 1M, all facing up;

13-16 2M1M2L followed by 1L dance up, 2s finishing in 1st place, 1L behind 1M, facing up;

17-20 1M followed by 1L cast around 2L, finishing in 2nd place on own sides;

21-24 2s1s 4 hands round to the left;

25-28 2M1L turn by the right;

29-32 2L1M turn by the left.

 

Dagmar rounded us off with

THE SAILOR (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8   1s cross down RH to face out between 2s and 3s giving hands to each corner and set, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s and 2s+1s+3s set
9-16  1s (turning to right) dance RSh reels of 3 across and 1s end passing LSh to 2nd place on opposite sides
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars and lead up, cross at the top and cast to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

 

MACDONALD OF THE ISLES (S3x32) 3C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2

1- 8 2s dance full diagonal Reels of 4 with 1st corners, passing by the LSh to face 2nd corners
9-16 2s dance full diagonal Reel of 4 with 2nd corners to end in original places
17-24 All dance Snowball Grand Chain for 3 couples:-
‘ 1s cross RH and change places LH on side with 2s
‘ 1s change places RH with 3s while 2s cross over RH
‘ 1s cross LH while 2s and 3s change places LH. 3(2)1
25-32 3s+2s dance ½ R&L, 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 round end couples (3M up and 3L down) to end in 2nd places. 231

Here’s a VERY recent video of this dance. Ring a bell?!

 

NAPIER’S INDEX (J8x40) 3C (4C set) Brian Charlton RSCDS Book 45

1- 8 1s Set&Cast 1 place, turn LH 1¼ times to end in Balance-in-Line position between 1st corners
9-16 1s+1st corners Balance-in-Line and turn corners RH (4 bars) to Balance-in-Line again with 1st corners
17-24 1s dance reel of 3 on sides (LSh to 2nd corner) and end diagonally between 2nd corners
25-32 1s+2nd corners Balance-in-Line and turn corners RH (4 bars), Balance-in-Line again with 2nd corners
33-40 1s dance reels of 3 across (LSh to 3rd corners) and cross RH to 2nd places. 213

 

Then it was time for a little party!!!  Thanks to Ramona for taking most of the photos.

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I see chocolate! And it’s nice to know we can always count on Michael for some alcohol.
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Duncan dazzles Margaret with tales of his sociological adventures in the Quebec outback (which I believe is Lachine).

 

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As per usual, Alison sniffs Katie to make sure she has been thoroughly deloused for summer.
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Here’s Chandra preparing to hit the clubs after our class. It’s just how he rolls.
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Janette downs her 3rd glass of wine; it’s handy that I can measure myself against the ribbon of Katie’s dress.
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The Bobsey Twins would like to wish you a happy summer.

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Have a great summer and we’ll see you in September!

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Dances for May 15, 2018

So much fun at the penultimate class! With Holly and Don at the A+P detox and juicing retreat, Dagmargaret held down the fort, with some help from Beth!

 

Margaret started us off with

MILLTIMBER JIG (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Anne MacKenzie RSCDS Book 41

1- 8 1L+2M set and change places RH while 1M+2L change places RH and set, 1s+2s repeat back to places
9-16 1s+2M dance reel of 3 across (2M+1L pass RSh to start)
17-24 1s+2L dance reel of 3 across (2L+1M pass LSh to start)
25-32 1L+2M change places RH, 1L+1M change places RH on side, 1L+2L change places RH and 2s cross RH

NETHERBY HALL (R8x32) 2C (4C set) John Drewry Bon Accord Book

1-16 1M dances ½ reel of 3 with 2s (LSh to 2L), 1M picks up his partner and dances a further full reel of 3, 1s followed by 2s lead down to bottom
17-24 2s followed by 1s lead up to top and 1s lead up between 2s cross over and cast to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s, 2s+1s set and cross LH

Then Dagmar brought in a knotty Strathspey with

THE EARL OF NORTHAMPTON (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Virginia Van Scoy 50yr Boston Br

1- 8 1s+2s Set&Link and circle 4H round to left
9-16 2s and 1s dance DoSiDo and turn partner 2H into prom hold
17-24 2s+1s dance Allemande ending in centre with RH joined
25-32 1s+2s dance the Knot

BROOMIELAW REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Alasdair Brown Dunnington Collection 2

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast 1 place, 1s turn LH to face 1st corners
9-16 Dance Pass&Turn with corners and end turning LH to face opposite sides
17-24 1s dance RH across (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s), 1s dance LH across (1L with 3s, 1M with 2s), and end facing 1st corners,
25-32 1s dance Hello-Goodbye setting and petronella turn to 2nd place own sides

Then Margaret taught us the ironic Memory Lane, which both Dagmar and I forgot about afterwards:

MEMORY LANE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Gene A MacKinnon Ena Smith Memorial Book

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, turn 1st corners LH and end facing 1st corners
9-16 1s dance ‘Hello-Goodbye’ setting and end Man facing up and Lady down
17-24 1s dance out ends (1M up between 2s) and cast round 2nd corners RSh to face them and turn 2nd corners RH
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 across (LSh to 3rd corner) and pass RSh to end in 2nd places

 

Then Beth did an old-timer,

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)

 

THE BLACK HAIRED LASSIE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Carolyn Hunt Let’s All Dance Too

1- 8 1s dance reflection (mirror) reels of 3 on own sides (1s in and down to start)
9-16 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s to end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corners RH and passing RSh to face 2nd corners, 1s turn corners RH and pass partner RSh to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

THE HUNTING HORN (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Peter McBryde SCD Archives

1- 8 1s cast 1 place, cross RH, cast below 3s and dance up middle to 2nd place BtoB in centre for Double Triangles
9-16 1s dance Double Triangles and end facing 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance diagonal reels of 4 with 2nd corners, pass partner LSh to face 1st corners
25-32 1s dance reels of 4 with 1st corners, pass partner LSh to end in 2nd place facing out to start next sequence

Dances for May 8, 2018

It was an ionizing night, as we changed locations from our beloved Kildonan Hall to the unbeloved yet quite amusing IONA room.

There weren’t too many of us, but we managed to make plenty of noise regardless!

Holly did some of her own stuff:

5 couple Jig written by Holly Boyd: TIL WE MEET UP AGAIN

Another Holly 2C Strathspey dance which was so annoying we won’t bother to remember it here;

5 Couple Jig – also written by Holly – KATIE IN KINGSTON (YES, THAT KATIE!!!)

And a test dance 3C Reel  Mr Greg Reznik of Asilomar

Then Dagmar took over and we did the weirdtastic

3C Jig – AS THE WORM TURNS (Burrage)

NEIL M GRANT (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Christine Grant RSCDS Book 49

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast (2s step up). 1s dance ½ Figs 8 (1M round 2s, 1L round 3s) and join LH giving RH to 1st corners
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance The Spoke:-
‘ 1s Balance-in-Line with 1st corners, then 2nd, 3rd and 4th corners. 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 to finish in 2nd place opposite sides, facing clockwise
25-32 3s+1s+2s dance clockwise ½ way round. 1M+3s and 1L+2s dance RH across

SHENE GATE (J4x32) Sq.Set Ann Dix Reel Friends 1

1- 8 1s+3s dance ½ Ladies’ Chain (polite turn for M at end), 1s+3s turn partner RH to end with 1s facing 2s and 3s facing 4s
9-16 Reels of 4 across set
17-24 All set and change places RH with person facing, 1s and 3s set to partner and change places RH while 2s and 4s dance ¼ way round set clockwise
25-32 All circle 8H round and back

(video starts at 0:37 – look, it’s from 1997 and obviously filmed on a home video recorder! Awwww!)

THE BLACK BEAR (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Ian C J Galbraith Berkhamsted Golden Jubilee Book

1- 8 1s+2s set and dance RH across ½ way, set again then 2s turn LH to sides while 1s turn LH to face 1st corners
9-16 1s set to 1st corner and set to partner, set to 2nd corner and set to partner ending facing 3rd corner
17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 3rd corners, pass RSh to dance ½ diagonal reel with 4th corners ending 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s dance diagonal R&L (M down)

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Dances for May 1, 2018

It’s warm!!   Margaret and Dagmar reigned over the evening, so no easy dances today!

After the break we had whisky courtesy of Don and Holly, so we were super focused during the second half!

 

ANN ARBOR (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Robert Gregg The Real MacGregor

1- 8 1s lead down middle and up then cast 1 place
9-16 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret, 1s cross RH and cast round 1st corner into lines of 3 across
17-24 All Adv&Ret, 1s change places LH and cast left to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&Ls

(no video available)

THE DANCERS’ WEDDING (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Jimmie Hill RSCDS Book 41

1- 8 1s ½ turn RH and set, lead down the middle, cross below 3s and cast up to 2nd place own sides
9-16 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret for 2 steps, 1s dance ½ LSh reels of 3 across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s) to end in 2nd place opposite sides
17-24 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret, 1s dance ½ reels of 3 across (Lady with 3s and Man with 2s) end in diagonal line with 4th corner (RH with corners and LH partner)
25-32 1s dance the Spoke:-
‘ Balance-in-Line with 4th corner, repeat with own 1st corner, 2nd corner and 3rd corner

 

(video starts at 4:33)

 

ANGUS MACKINNON’S HORNPIPE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Bowie Dickson Lothian Collection

1- 8 1s cast and ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and set advancing to end BtoB facing opposite sides
9-12 2s+1s+3s set (as in Double Triangles), 1s set advancing and turn R about to face in while 2s and 3s dance in and turn R about to face out
13-16 2s+1s+3s set (Inverted Triangle formation), 1s dance in and face 1st corners while 2s and 3s dance out all turning R about
17-24 1s turn 1st corners RH, pass partners RSh to face 2nd corner, turn LH and pass partner giving RH
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 across (1L with 2s and 1M with 3s) giving RSh to 4th corner and cross back RH to end in 2nd place on own sides

 

ANNA HOLDEN’S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 2C (4C set) John Drewry RSCDS Book 42

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across, 1s cross down to 2nd place as 2 cast up then 1M+2L turn LH as 1L+2M turn RH into a line across (1s between 2s) facing down
9-16 1s+2s dance down in line, 1s turn and face up as 2s turn in behind, dance up, 1s casting to 2nd place opposite sides as 2s dance to 1st place own sides
17-24 2M+1L also 2L+1M set and Petronella turn-in-tandem into middle, set and Petronella turn-in-tandem to sides
25-32 1s+2s set, circle 4H round ½ way; 1s turn 2H 1½ times to 2nd place own side. 21

(video starts at 1:27)

BARBARA’S LITTLEBECK SCRAMBLE (S5x32) 5C set

1- 8 All set, turn partner 2H twice round and all set
9-16 2s and 4s dance RH across (L up and M down to give wheels of 3, 4 and 3), 2s and 4s change wheels for LH back
17-24 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s while 3s dance round 4s, 1s+2s also 3s+4s end ready for Poussette
25-32 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ Diamond Poussette, 1s+4s also 3s+5s dance ½ Poussette. 24153

GAELFORCE WIND (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 3

1- 8 1s set, cross RH, 1s+2s Set&Link (Ladies face out)
9-16 2s+1s Men’s Chain
17-24 1s ½ Figs of 8 (L round 2s and M round 3s), 2s+1s+3s turn RH and open into
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

Dances for April 24, 2018

This was ages ago but here are the highlights of a very knotty evening!

Dagmar began with

BILL CLEMENT MBE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Wilkinson RSCDS Book 47

1- 8 1s set and dance down between 3s and cast up to end LH with partner facing 1st corners
9-16 1s set and turn inwards to face 3rd corners, 1s set to 3rd corners and turn corners LH to end RH with partner facing 2nd corners
17-24 1s set and turn inwards to face 4th corners, 1s set to 4th corners and turn corners RH to end 2nd place own side
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

 

MISS MILLIGAN’S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Golden Jubilee Dances

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round to left, 1s face 2s nearer hands joined with partners. 1s+2s set, 1s turning towards each to face up, then 1s cast while 2s dance up and face out
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides 1s dancing in between 3s to start. All take hands where possible
17-24 2s+1s+3s set, 2s+1s ½ turn LH, 1s followed by 2s lead down between 3s, Cross&Cast up on own sides
25-32 1s+2s dance the Knot

 

Then Dagmar introduced the “Slip Knot”, during which one cannot “doodle about”, she she put it.

ELLIE’S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Melbourne Briscoe Slip Knot Collection

1- 8 1L passes partner LSh and dances down behind Men, cross below 3s and dances up to place while 2L (on bar 3) and 3L (on bar 5) pass partner LSh and follow to place
9-16 Men repeat passing partners RSh
17-24 1s+2s dance the Slip Knot (usual Knot but end by passing Lady in front and dancing ½ LH across back to original places)
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

CRAMOND BRIDGE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Valerie Farr London Jubilee Book

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, cross LH and cast (Lady up, Man down), to meet in middle in prom hold facing 2nd Man
9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 1st corners and ½ reel with 2nd corners, end in middle facing Ladies’ side
17-24 1s lead out, Cross&Cast (Lady up, Man down) to meet in middle, 1s turn RH as 2s+3s dance ½ R&L round them
25-32 1s lead up and cast to 2nd place and 2s+1s+3s turn partners RH

 

Then we had a bunch of Holly Boyd dances to finish off the night!! Unfortunately I could not find videos for any of them!

KINGSTON KINDNESS (J8X40) 2C

MONTREAL/ENTRELACE TREES (S8X32) 3C

FOUR LEAF CLOVER (J8X32) 3C

OUR PLATTSBURGH CONNECTION  (R8X32) 3C

 

 

 

 

 

Dances for April 17, 2018

A quiet SCD evening (except for my whining, of course) with lots of dancing!  Holly ruled the roost and we started off with a version of FISH AND CHIPS, which Holly calls STEAK AND FRIES (a definite improvement, at least with regard to the food), 32R  for 4C.

Then we went onto a harder dance with the Hello Goodbye figure, which was interesting…

LAIRD OF THE DANCE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Ellie And Melbourne Briscoe And Elaine Brunken

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set and cross RH, set and cross back RH
9-16 1s dance in and cast to 2nd place, dance ½ Fig of 8 (1L round 2s, 1M round 3s) and end BtoB facing 1st corners
17-24 1s dance ‘Hello-Goodbye’ setting and end set advancing and twirl to face 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corner RH and pass RSh to face 2nd corner, turn 2nd corner LH and pass LSh to 2nd place own side

Just when I thought it was safe, Holly threw in a circle dance, with even the word ceilidh in the name –

A CANONBIE CEILIDH (R40) Round The Room Circle Caroline and Ian Brockbank New Scotland 50th Anniv Book
Round the Room 2 facing 2, Man has Lady on his right

1- 8 All circle round and back
9-16 All Men dance Fig of 8 round partner and Lady on left (in front of partner to start)
17-24 All Ladies dance Fig of 8 round partner and Man on right (in front of partner to start)
25-32 All Adv&Ret, all Advance and Men retire as Ladies turn to face partner and follow them to end Men facing centre and partners
33-40 All dance DoSiDo with partner with all Men joining hands to form arches, all Men turn Lady on right and end in circle with new partner on right

Video starts at 4:37 – if you enjoy pretending you live in another century, enjoy.  Tune is nice, though.

 

 

Unfortunately Holly kept her word about redoing, TBP, and Janette and Jane even had the nerve to sign along:

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 another circle dance…(maybe Holly shouldn’t be left alone?)

ARDAILLY MILL (R32) Round The Room Moira Stacey Gigha Set
Round the room dance, start in 3s, all facing anticlockwise
2 Chords 1 – Men step forward and turn to face partners, 2 – Bow and curtsy

1- 8 All dance RH across and LH across
9-16 Man sets and turns RH Lady on right, sets and turns RH Lady on left
17-24 Man dances reel of 3 with his partners giving LSh to Lady on right
25-32 All facing anticlockwise Adv&Ret, Men dance between next 2 Ladies and turn right about to face them

 

Then the cool-named

THE RUG BEATER  (R8X32)

1-8 1s dance down the middle for 4 and up for 4, ending at the top in the middle of the set, facing up. (2s step up on bars 3-4 and face down)
9-10 1st man turns 2nd man (LH) ¾ way round to end in second place
WHILE
1st woman turns 2nd woman (RH) ¾ way round to end in second place.
11-12 1st man turns 3rd man (RH)
WHILE
1st woman turns 3rd woman (LH), 1s finish in 2nd place own sides.
13-16 2s, 1s and 3s advance for 2 and retire for 2.
17-24 All three couples set, cross (RH). All three couples chase ½ way round, clockwise
25-32 All three couples set, cross (LH). All three couples chase ½ way round anti-clockwise.

THE DANCING BEES (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to face 2L in prom hold
9-16 1s dance reel of 3 across with 2s (giving RSh to 2L)
17-24 1s dance reel of 3 across with 3s (LSh to 3L) ending in the middle (Man facing down and Lady facing up to partner)
25-32 1s set in middle, petronella to 2nd place own sides and 2s+1s+3s turn RH (4 bars)

THE SAILOR (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8   1s cross down RH to face out between 2s and 3s giving hands to each corner and set, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s and 2s+1s+3s set
9-16  1s (turning to right) dance RSh reels of 3 across and 1s end passing LSh to 2nd place on opposite sides
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars and lead up, cross at the top and cast to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

 

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 DEIL AMANG THE TAILORS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 14

1- 8 1s+2s set and dance RH across ½ way, set and dance LH across ½ way back to place
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back to top
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back. 213

Apparently they have SCD in Portugal!

Dances for April 10, 2018

A beginner’s night for the A+P group, run by Homar! (I’m testing this as a combination of Dagmar+Holly – thoughts?)

Sadly, I was helping my cat Belle do my taxes this evening and could not make it, but I heard it was a fun night with three new people!

Holly started off with two circle dances (Oh, I missed a circle dance?! So sad).

DIANNE MURDOCH’S PROMENADE (R4x32) Circle Dance Ruary Laidlaw Dancing Feet
Any number of couples in circle, Lady on Man’s right

1- 8 All turn partner RH then turn LH
9-16 Men pass partner RSh, dance round them and back to place. Men repeat passing partner LSh
17-24 Ladies repeat bars 9-16. All finish nearer hands joined facing anticlockwise round
25-32 All promenade (6 bars) then Men stand as Ladies dance on 1 place to meet new partner

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

Note: For those of you who can’t remember, all that green stuff in the video is grass and trees.  Sometimes, when it’s warm enough, that can happen in nature.

JIG TO THE MUSIC (J3x32) 3C set Doris Young 2nd Book Graded SCDs

1- 8 All Adv&Ret, all dance DoSiDo
9-16 All turn RH, all turn LH
17-24 1s slip step down for 4 and back to top, 1s cast to bottom and 2s+3s step up
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

Warning: Extremely cute kiddos in this video. Awwws may occur.

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

Then, Holly did the creeptastic dance below, which apparently will be repeated next week. Remind me to bring my Lil Bub sweatshirt.

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

Extremely cute video with extremely Scottish weather starts at 0:45 and ends at 2:00.

 

FRIENDSHIPS (S4x32) 4C set Jennie Miller RSCDS Graded 3

1- 8 1s+3s dance down between 2s/4s and cast back to places, 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance circle 4H round to Left
9-16 2s+4s dance up between 1s/3s and cast back to places. 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance circle 4H round to Right
17-24 1s+2s set, ½ RH across. 1s+3s set, ½ LH across
25-32 1s+4s set, ½ RH across. All 4 couples set and cross RH

Video with token child!

 

JAMIE’S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Harry Rhodes Snowdon Book 1

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set, cross RH and chase clockwise ½ way
9-16 1s+2s+3s set, cross LH and chase anticlockwise ½ way
17-24 1s lead down middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

Then Dagmar did KNOT practice, which apparently went great until it was tried in quicktime…

THE CHEQUERED HALL (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Roy Goldring Wells House

1- 8 1s+2s facing diagonally in Adv&Ret 1 step twice, petronella turn to right 1 place and set (diagonally in)
9-16 1s+2s repeat bars 1- 8 to end on opposite sides 1s in 2nd place
17-24 2s+1s turn 2H and dance ½ R&L back to original places
25-32 1s+2s dance the Knot

Oh how sad, I missed yet another Strathspey…with a Diamond Poussette AND a circle!

ALISON’S STRATHSPEY (S3x32) 3C set Douglas J Dean Rodney Rooms Book 2

1- 8 1s+2s set, dance RH across ½ way, 1s+3s set and dance LH across ½ way
9-16 2s+3s set, dance RH across ½ way, 3s+2s turn 2H ready for…
17-24 3s+2s dance ½ Diamond Poussette and dance 4H round to left into…
25-32 2s+3s+1s dance 6H round and back

And the class ended with
THE CHEQUERED COURT (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Duncan Brown RSCDS Book 42

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, 1s dance ½ Figs of 8 (Man round 2s and Lady round 3s) and end facing 1st corners
9-16 1s dance Pass&Turn with 1st corners and 1s twirl round in centre to face 4th corners, 1s dance Pass&Turn with 4th corners and twirl round to face own sides
17-24 1s dance 6 bars of Double Triangles and end with 1L between 2s facing 2L and 1M between 3s facing 3M
25-32 1s dance reel of 3 across giving RSh to 4th corners and 1s cross RH to own sides

What’s with all the checkers, Dagmar??

Here’s a tidbit from Wikipedia about checkers:
The word is derived from the ancient Persian language word shah, meaning “king”, from the oriental game of chess, played on a squared board, particularly from the expression shah mat, “the king is dead”, in modern chess parlance “check-mate”. The word entered the French language as echec in the 11th century,[1] thence into English.

 

60th Anniversary Tea Dance April 7, 2018

It’s that time of year again! It was a lovely day with a solid turnout of about 40 dancers!  Thank you to all who came, especially the out-of-towners!  And thank you to Holly for so much of the organizing, our wonderful musicians Laura and Nick, and our briefers Dagmar, Holly and Beth.   And now on to what everyone came for…

 

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The Belle of the Ball.  Such a beauty, and chocolate inside to boot!  Props to Angela Yeo-West for the gorgeous design, and to Beth for the digital stuff! 
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In fact, the cake was so rich that both Beth and Holly injured themselves lifting it out of the box.  Here they are smiling through the pain.
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Laura dares Nick to poke a finger into the cake, but as we can see, a caravan of fingers invading from the right is beating him to it (all puns intended).

 

 

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Richard prepares the punch as he gleefully remembers what a great deal he got on the Sprite.
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Joanne’s gorgeous decorations, dah-ling.

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60 years! Our CARP membership package is in the mail!

THE DANCING

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Before the storm
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Ramona: “Ladies first? We’ll see about that” 
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Guillaume is suddenly panicked with the realization that he forgot to put his wet clothes in the dryer.
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Alistair and Duncan give each other a hi-five on their identical kilts
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Katie prepares for take-off.

 

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Dana: “Yes, I may be dancing, but I can still work the camera”
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Dagmar, having failed to train her new puppy Astor, tries out a new technique on Duncan.
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“Oh, you’re taking a photo? Give us a sec to put on our somber musician face”
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So much disapproval, so little time.
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The only person not confused in this picture is Don (aka “Jodie’s Don), who is sitting reading a book.

 

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At first, there’s nothing crazy about this photo, but look at what happens when I crop it!
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I call this piece of art “Neck o’Heads”.  It represents humanity’s struggle for purpose and good posture.

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At first I was very confused by this picture.  Then I realized I was trying to curtsy, but of course it looks more like a cataplexy attack in front of a disturbingly-encouraging audience.

 

 

VIDEOS!

Luckily, I have no idea how to edit them to make them look more ridiculous.

And the waltz…

THE SOCIALIZING

 

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It’s so nice that Bram had someone his age to play with during the dance. 
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The Bobsey Twins looked so elegant in this photo..
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..so I had to ruin it, of course!

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Dagmar: “and then…Dale…get this…I did a class with ALL STRATHSPEYS!! Mwahahaha”
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The International Association of Good-Looking Tall People took this opportunity to have a meeting, and unanimously decided to move everything to a higher shelf.
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Every time you clap, a Joanne gets her halo. 
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Eugenie and I compete for who can open her mouth the widest.  She won, with Peter taking his role seriously as guest judge.
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I’m not even gonna guess what’s going on here.
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Eugenie and Diana fight over Guillaume, as he blushes coyly.  Who will get her man? Stay tuned next week on As the Kilt Turns. 
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It’s still quite unacceptable that Dana moved away, but at least she comes back often!
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There’s a 93% chance I will call Don Dale and Dale Don sometime in the future.
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Just because you’re not dancing doesn’t mean you should allow your feet (or arms) to relax. Christopher demonstrates 8th position.
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Square-framed glasses wearers Annual General Meeting

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Collision in 3, 2,1..

 

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The Carruthers smile while bookends Wendy and Robin take a well-deserved nap.
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You can tell by Beth’s laugh and Catherine’s poise that Robin is up to no good.
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Me and our new dancer Janet McNapkin.  She’s great, but when she’s dancing it’s like she can’t see where she’s going or something.
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The guards found these three trying to escape 
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Wait, who let these two talk to each other??! 

 

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Mere seconds before Jodie pulled that cord, drenching them all in RSCDS-themed confetti.

 

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When I showed my mom some of these photos, she at first glance thought Eugenie was me.  It makes sense, since we have the same hair and are the same age. 

 

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I don’t know where Diana’s hand is going in this picture, but it all looks very consensual.

THE FOOD

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Aside from Joanne presenting a sandwich to the camera like it’s the Food Network, the best part of this photo is Robin’s nose.
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Diana is not buying whatever Peter just said.
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As per usual, Don starts eating before the Official RSCDS Prayer is said.
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Martha tries unsuccessfully to not be in the picture, while Catherine tells Laura a very intense story in the background.
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We all tried and I even swallowed a chipmunk for the occasion, but Christopher won the contest for best facial expression at table.

 

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Polly and Dale reassure each other that they don’t live anywhere near us.
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Sure, there are some nice people in this frame, but do you see my beautiful chocolate bag in the background?!
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In case you missed it 😀

 

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We had to place an empty buffer table between these two rival Scottish Dance factions. We just can’t afford another food fight like last year.
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Bram questions his life choices.
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Now that the Tea Dance is over, Holly celebrates by quietly setting fire to the tablecloth.

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Here’s to another 60 years!

 

 

 

 

Dances for March 27, 2018

Last Tuesday was so long ago!  More practice for the upcoming Tea Dance!

Holly made us practice Reels of 4 which we then cleverly used for

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

This video is shaky in the beginning but it gets better.

 

and

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: Video below may include outrageously good-looking people.

 

Then we practiced the Set and Rotate (with reels of 4) for

MIX IT UP  32J for 3C

 

Then we engaged with the less-annoying quick-time poussette of

CORN RIGS (R8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 4

1- 8 1s cast down own sides, turn inwards dance back to top
9-16 1s dance full Fig of 8 round 2s
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette

 

Dagmar stepped in as we did Ladies Chains and Reels of 3 for

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

 

and

ANDREW’S DANCE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Andrew Mills Harbour City

1- 8 1M followed by 1L casts 1 place, 1M crosses to 2nd place opposite side and dances RSh round 3L as 1L dances RSh round 3M both to 2nd place opposite 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 ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and turn RH

 

Dances for March 20, 2018

Dagmar and Margaret conspired this evening to have an almost-all Strathspey class.  I knew those two couldn’t be trusted.    Thank goodness I had my little Bub sweatshirt to keep me safe!

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This was actually taken on Wednesday and not Tuesday, but I felt like it should be shared with the world (and by world, I mean the 9 people who read this blog).

Margaret began the completely unacceptable evening 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

Then Dagmar came in, and, wanting to add to my torture, thought she’d introduce a dance with a Diamond Poussette:

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

MACDONALD OF THE ISLES (S3x32) 3C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2

1- 8 2s dance full diagonal Reels of 4 with 1st corners, passing by the LSh to face 2nd corners
9-16 2s dance full diagonal Reel of 4 with 2nd corners to end in original places
17-24 All dance Snowball Grand Chain for 3 couples:-
‘ 1s cross RH and change places LH on side with 2s
‘ 1s change places RH with 3s while 2s cross over RH
‘ 1s cross LH while 2s and 3s change places LH. 3(2)1
25-32 3s+2s dance ½ R&L, 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 round end couples (3M up and 3L down) to end in 2nd places. 231

Then Margaret decided that a Diamond Poussette wasn’t annoying enough and that we should learn how to do HALF ones, too!!  For a second I got excited because I thought they took only half the time needed for a full Diamond Poussette, but alas, I was wrong.

NEIDPATH CASTLE (S3x32) 3C set Derek Haynes RSCDS Book 22

1- 8 All set and turn partners 2H twice and set again
9-16 All dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s dance down between 2s, cast behind 3s, dance up between 3s, cast up behind 2s. 1s+2s end ready for a ½ Diamond Poussette
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ Diamond Poussette, 1s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette 1s ending in 3rd place. 231

At last Dagmargaret took pity on me as they taught

ANDREW’S DANCE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Andrew Mills Harbour City

1- 8 1M followed by 1L casts 1 place, 1M crosses to 2nd place opposite side and dances RSh round 3L as 1L dances RSh round 3M both to 2nd place opposite 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 ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and turn RH

OMG look what gorgeous people! Where can I join this lot?!

FESTIVAL FLING (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lily Davison RSCDS Book 44

1- 8 1s set, cross RH, cast 2 places and dance up to face 1st corners
9-12 1s set to 1st corner and change places RH with 1st corner persons passing LSh to face 2nd corners (M facing M and L facing L)
13-16 Original 1st corner persons set to 2nd corners and change places RH with 2nd corners passing LSh to face 1st corner (M facing M and L facing L)
17-20 Original 2nd corner persons set to 1st corners (1s), change places RH and 1s end facing opposite sides as for double triangles
21-24 All set, corner persons chase 1 place clockwise while 1s pas-de-basque round each other to face down (Man with partner on left)
25-32 1s dance down between 3s, cast up to 2nd place, dance up between 2s and cast to 2nd place

The class was memorable even if unacceptable.  Enjoy the photos below!

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Margaret scoots people out of the way to make room for her strut down the catwalk.
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The elusive double triangles
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Don looks into the distance wondering if he’d be having more fun playing on his phone, while Tinh prepares to jump over Diana.