Dances for January 21, 2020

Quite a crowd tonight!!!

Kirsty started us off with some warm-ups and then

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

A REEL FOR JEANNIE (R4x32) 4C set Fife Council RSCDS Book 40

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 1s slip step down the middle and back
17-24 1s followed by 2s, 3s and 4s cast to bottom, 1s make an arch as 2s, 3s and 4s dance under
25-32 2s+3s+4s+1s clap 8 times and turn partners RH once round

Holly then did

THE WELCOME REEL (R32) Round The Room Carol Porter Let’s All Dance
Round the room dance, 2 facing 2

1- 8 All circle 4H round and back
9-16 Ladies dance DoSiDo and turn RH
17-24 Men dance DoSiDo and turn RH
25-32 All turn partners LH into prom hold and Promenade (Men passing LSh) to meet next couple

Kirsty taught us Rights and Lefts and then

THE HIGHLAND FAIR (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Book of Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s cast, dance down behind own lines, turn outwards and dance back to place
9-16 1s+2s turn partners RH back to place and then turn LH
17-24 1s followed by 2s, lead down the middle and 2s lead back to the top
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

And Holly finished us off with

THE WANDERING DRUMMER (R3x32) 3C set Iain Boyd Happy to Meet

1- 8 All circle 6H round and back
9-16 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides (between 2s to start)
17-24 1s slip step down and back, cast to 3rd place
25-32 3s+1s dance R&L

Dances for January 14, 2020

A record-breaking night with 27 people attending, many of them squeaky new!

Holly started off with

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

Kirsty, in addition to step practice, did

SEE YOU AGAIN (R32) Round The Room Dottie Carr Let’s All Dance
Round the room dance, 2 facing 2, 1s face clockwise, 2s face anticlockwise

1- 8 All dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s dance between 2s, separate and cast back to places, 1s turn RH
17-24 2s repeat bars 9-16 dancing between 1s
25-32 All Adv&Ret and pass opposite dancer RSh to meet next couple

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

Holly then resumed to do

THE KINGSTON FLYER (R4x32) 4C set Noeline O’Connor Happy to Meet

1- 8 1L followed by 2L+3L+4L dance across top of set, down behind Men, across the bottom and back to places
9-16 Men repeat above Fig
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back to top
25-32 1s cast to 4th place while 2s+3s+4s step up on bars 27-28, 1s turn RH

THE HONEYMOON (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Book of Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s cast to bottom, turning outwards dance back to places
9-16 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross LH and cast down round 3s and lead up to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

THE BORROWDALE EXCHANGE (R32) 3C circular set Round The Room Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2
Round the room in 3 Couple Circles

1- 8 All circle 6H round and back
9-16 All Adv&Ret (into centre of circle) and dance DoSiDo with partner
17-24 All dance RH across, Lady with hand is underneath dances out under arch into prom hold with new partner followed by next Lady etc.
25-32 All Promenade with new partners anywhere round the room and hopefully meet with another 2 couples to start again

Hogmanay, December 28, 2019

Thanks to Dana for reminding me that I hadn’t actually posted this!

For once, Hogmanay didn’t fall on a storm day, so there was no excuse not to show up!

Dagmar’s decorations
Diana defends her turf against prying hands
Height and arm posture support group
Don enters 3rd straight hour of telling Diana about his morning smoothie routine
Dagmar stunned she didn’t get the memo to wear red
Table enjoys the meeting of two Dons
Gossip at Kildonan, circa 1869, oil on canvas

First Class of the Term – January 7, 2020

Lots of new people on our first day of 2020!

LINDA HENDERSON’S WARM-UP DANCE

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

CELTIC HARMONIES

(A VERSION OF) JAMIE’S JIG

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

THE KINGSTON FLYER (R4x32) 4C set Noeline O’Connor Happy to Meet

1- 8 1L followed by 2L+3L+4L dance across top of set, down behind Men, across the bottom and back to places
9-16 Men repeat above Fig
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back to top
25-32 1s cast to 4th place while 2s+3s+4s step up on bars 27-28, 1s turn RH

Dances for December 3, 2019 – Last class of 2019

Annie repeated

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 Kirsty took over and did

SANDY O’ER THE LEA (S8x32) 2C (4C set) MMM 2

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back to places
9-16 1s+2s set; cross RH, set and cross back RH
17-24 1s followed by 2s lead down, 2s divide and 1s followed by 2s lead back to top
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

Unfortunately followed by the introduction of the Strathspey steps…

Then Annie did the apparently math-laden

The Rug Beater (R8X32)

1–8 1c dance down the middle (2c up) ; and up to between 2c who face down

9–16 1c+2c turn EH ¾ to sidelines | 1c (start inwards) turn 3c ; All A&R (2,1,3)

17–24 All set | cross RH ; chase ½ round clw (3,1,2)

25– 32 All set | cross LH ; chase ½ round cclw (2,1,3)

And Dagmar finished off the dancing with her favourite dance

NEW YEAR JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Maureen Robson RSCDS Book 51

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides (pass 2s RSh to start). 1L ends facing out
9-16 Reels of 3 on sides (1s+2s pass RSh to start). 1L end facing out
17-24 1L followed by 1M dances behind 2L, up between 2s, behind 2M, across set to 2nd place own side (2s step up 23-24)
25-32 1s+3s dance RH across. 2s+1s dance LH across. 1L finishes facing out, ready to start again


Then it was PARTY TIME!!!

Happy to announce that Ramona’s head-enlargement surgery went very well.
Katie, this is a family show, try to wait until you get home. Diana sniffs Kirsty’s hair.
Olga prepares to do the can-can while Don wonders where he can get a pair of Rene’s glasses.
The lonely nectarines at the end.
Ramona, Annie and Eitak share a moment.

Thank you all for the great year!

Red Barn Social, November 23, 2019

For once, it was not a stormy night at the Red Barn! We danced, we ate, I stayed up way past my bedtime. Enjoy these photos and videos.

The Bobbsey Twins, if transformed by a witch into dog form (still taller than Annie)
Snapshot of Monet’s Perfectly Straight Lines, circa 1896.
Waiting around for Dagmar’s instructions as Charles prepares to check Janet’s hair for lice.
Holly wonders how long it’s been since she’s mentioned the memory course she and Don are taking at the Cummings Centre; Joanne prepares to make a run for it while Robin is stoked that his shadow is as handsome as he is.
Brian takes a short break from going to Disneyworld to forage for food with Anna.
The customary prayer to the SCD gods, Dagmar announces who will be offered up as sacrifice.
Charles and Jennifer reach for each other as the earth’s axis apparently tilts slightly to the left.
Alistair in time out for having pronounced “out” as “ooot” too many times, but…

Katie decides to forgive him because no one has shinier hair within a 20-mile radius.
Annie surveys the table for the best chocolate options while Dagmar barely puts anything on her plate, as per usual.
Charles smiling his heart out.
Alison upon finding out she won that evening’s raffle. Prize: getting to put away all the tables and chairs while blindfolded.
The Triplets.
The “no, we weren’t about to just kill each other” table.

Thanks to Alison and Ramona and myself for the photos and videos!

Dances for November 26, 2019

Penultimate class of 2019!

Holly started us off with a second attempt at A DANCE FOR DARRAGH

Then, Annie did

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 Rug Beater (R8X32)

1–8 1c dance down the middle (2c up) ; and up to between 2c who face down

9–16 1c+2c turn EH ¾ to sidelines | 1c (start inwards) turn 3c ; All A&R (2,1,3)

17–24 All set | cross RH ; chase ½ round clw (3,1,2)

25– 32 All set | cross LH ; chase ½ round cclw (2,1,3)

Then Dagmar did

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)

And

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