Dances for October 21 , 2019

Pas de basque, skip-change practice, and poussette!

DOMINO FIVE (R5x32) 5 person Sq.Set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 4
5 person Sq.Set with 5th person in centre facing top looking out between 1 and 4
Start position:
2       3
    5 
1       4
  TOP

1- 8 5+1+2 dance RH across, 5+3+4 dance LH across
9-16 5+1+3 dance RSh reel of 3 on diagonal (5 and 1 pass RSh to start)
17-24 5+4+2 dance LSh reel of 3 on other diagonal (5 and 4 pass LSh to start)
25-32 5 changes place with 1 (pass RSh), 1 change place with 4, 4 change place with 3, 3 change place with 2 and 2 becomes new 5 (similar to Fisherman’s Reel)

What a gorgeous video!

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

FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 1

1- 8 1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses and dances up behind Men as 1M dances up centre to 1st places on opposite side and 1s set
9-16 1M followed by partner repeat above Fig and set in own places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

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.

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

Workshop, October 5, 2019

Yet another great workshop at Kildonan Hall, with guest teacher Jody Julas and the fabulous Torridon Scottish Dance band! Enjoy some photos and videos from the event.

Jody tries to control an unruly audience
Look at this impressive “down the middle and up” routine!
Afternoon dancing
I managed to sneak out of a few Strathspeys, as per usual.
The pros show us how it’s done, but Janet only cares about the fame.

Dances for October 8, 2019

Another busy day at the A+P! Holly taught solo!

THE FAIRY RING (J32) Circle Iain Boyd Happy to Meet
Circle around the room with partner on Man’s right

1- 8 All circle round to left and back
9-16 Ladies dance Figs of 8 (in front and round partner, in front of next Man and round back to place)
17-24 Men dance Figs of 8 (in front and round partner to start)
25-32 All dance Grand Chain
Repeat with new partner

The Mayflower
Pat Kent
Reel   n x 32 bars   1 Couple Repeat   1 Couple Set   Round the Room Set
Start with all couples in two large circles, Ls outside, facing in, Mn inside, facing partners.

  1-4   All set to partner and cross by the right;

  5-8   all set to partner and cross by the right;

  9-16 each L give left shoulder to partner, dance behind and all around her first corner (one place anticlockwise from partner) and behind partner to place;

17-24 each M give right shoulder to partner, dance behind and all around his second corner (one place anticlockwise from partner) and behind partner to place, finishing in promenade hold with partner;

25-28 all promenade anticlockwise and release hold, Mn finishing facing out;

29-32 Ls chase anticlockwise two places more, finishing facing new partner.

THE WARATAH WEAVER (J4x32) 4C set Elma See 2nd Book Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s dance Figs of 8 on own sides (dancing in and down to start)
9-16 3s dance Figs of 8 on own sides (dancing in and up to start)
17-24 1s+2s+3s turn RH, turn LH
25-32 1s slip step down for 4 steps and back up to top, 1s cast to bottom as 2s+3s+4s step up

THREE’S THE CHARM (J3x32) 3 persons in a line Martha Morrison Veranth Let’s All Dance

1- 8 Centre person dances Fig of 8, begin by passing end person on right RSh
9-16 Reel of 3, centre person passes end person on right RSh
17-24 Centre person turns end person on right RH then turns person on left ½ LH
25-28 End persons change sides, person on right dancing in front of new centre person, and end person on left behind
29-32 End persons Adv&Ret (towards/away from centre place) while centre person Ret&Adv (up/down)

THE SCOTTISH WEREWOLF (J3x32) 3 Couple Set, Denise Sander, Happy to Meet.

1-8 1s cast and dance down behind own lines for four steps, turn outwards and dance back to original places
9-16 1s and 2s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back up to the top again
25-28 1s cast on own sides and dance down to the bottom of the set. 2s and 3s step up on bars 27-28
29-32 1s turn right hands once round
Repeat, with a new top 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

Dances for October 1, 2019

Horrid horrid weather (welcome to fall!) means great dancing! Holly to the rescue!

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

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

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.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Carolyn Hunt Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1M+2L Adv&Ret and turn RH
9-16 2M+1L Adv&Ret and turn RH
17-24 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s (1s cross up)
25-32 2s+1s circle 4H round and back

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

CROCKETT’S VICTORY GARDEN (R4x32) 4C set H Ways Bicentennial Book+7 SCDs

1- 8 1s lead down for 3 steps, lead up to top and cast to 2nd place
9-16 2s+1s dance ¾ R&L, face each other on sides and set
17-24 1M+2M also 1L+2L turn 1½ times with nearer hand 1s dancing between 2s, 1s+3s repeat but 3s dance between 1s
25-32 1s+4s repeat with 1s dancing between 4s and all dance DoSiDo

RED NOSE JIG (J4x40) Sq.Set Denise Spooner 2nd Book Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s+3s cross (1s under 3s arch), repeat back to place (3s under 1s arch)
9-16 2s+4s repeat
17-24 All Ladies dance Figs of 8 round partner and corner (in front of partner to start)
25-32 All Men dance Figs of 8 round partner and corner (in front of partner to start)
33-40 All Adv&Ret (1 step) and promenade anticlockwise ¾ way round set

Dances for September 24, 2019

GIBSON’S GALLOP (R32) Circle John Drewry

1- 8 All couples, NHJ, dance RR cclw, pivot inwards ; All couples dance clw, finish facing cclw

9-16 All W dance Rsh round M in front of her P and Lsh round P, to places

17-24 All M dance Lsh round W in front of his P and Rsh round P, to places

25-32 All couples BHJ slip cclw ; slip clw {2} | All retire with clap, and advance to next person to the R

We expect this kind of attire next week at class.

THE PACKHORSE RANT (R32) Round The Room Ian Brockbank
Round the room dance, 2 facing 2

1- 8 All dance RH across and LH back
9-16 Ladies dance DoSiDo, Men dance DoSiDo
17-24 Slip step round the room Men passing BtoB and Slip step back Ladies passing BtoB
25-32 All Adv&Ret and advance to meet next couple (one couple making an arch)

Clara and I had wayyy to much fun with this one.

THE BRUDENELL JIG (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Brenda Burnell Leeds Anniv Book

1- 8 1s+2s circle 4H round and back
9-16 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars, turn RH, lead up and cast to 2nd places
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

The Lads and Lassies of Livermore4/4L · R32

1-8 All M A&R ; All W A&R

9-16 All M pass P Rsh, dance down behind the W and up own side to positions 4,3,2,1

17-24 All W pass opposite M Lsh, dance down behind the M and up own side (4,3,2,1)

25-32 -1c makes BH arch. The other couples dance NHJ under arch and up own sides (2,3,4,1)

THE DUKE OF ATHOLL’S REEL (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Thomas Skillern RSCDS Book 16

1- 8 1s+2s set, dance ½ RH across, set and dance ½ LH across back to places
9-16 1M+2L set advancing and turn RH back to places, 1L+2M set advancing and turn RH back to places
17-24 1s cross RH, cast to 2nd place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

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

Dances for Sept 17, 2019

A good turnout for tonight, especially since we were dancing in the comfy ( real estate for “small”) IONA room! Here’s what Dagmar and Holly managed to do with us:

Linda Henderson’s Warm Up Dance (one of Holly’s 5 million circle dances she keeps under her bed to annoy me)

A CANONBIE CEILIDH (R40) Round the Room Caroline Bradshaw and Ian Brockbank New Scotland 50th Anniv Book
Circle Round the Room, Man has partner on his Right

1- 8 All circle round to Left and back to Right
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 join hands, Adv&Ret; all advance and Ladies swivel and join 2H with partner, Men Retire followed by partner. Men face in, Ladies face out
33-40 Men join hands to form arches and all dance DoSiDo with partners; all Men turn (birl) Lady on Right to end in large circle with new partner on right

Another Circle dance we go

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

1- 8 All circle 3H 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

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 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

THE FERRY LOUPER (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 24 G and S dances

1- 8 1s+2s+3s chase clockwise to places
9-16 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 1s cast below 3s, dance up to top and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret and turn partner RH

Huh, what gorgeous dancers do we have here?

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.

BELFAST HORNPIPE (R3x32) 3C set Wesley Clindinning

1- 8 1s ½ turn and twirl to opposite sides, 2s repeat
9-16 3s ½ turn and twirl to opposite sides, 1s+2s+3s ½ turn and twirl to own sides
17-24 1s slip step down the middle and back to end at top facing down
25-32 1s Set&Cast 1 place, 1M+3M turn RH 1½ times while 1L+3L turn LH 1½ times. 231

Ever have nightmares about chess pieces? This one’s for you.

Dances for September 10, 2019

Another great turnout for our second meetup night of the term! Holly and Dagmar introduced the newcomers and ancients to Scottish dance through:

  1. CIRCLE OF CHEER (R32) Couples In Circle Jo Hamilton Let’s All Dance Too

1- 8 All Adv&Ret, Adv&Ret ending facing partner
9-16 All dance Grand Chain to face 5th person
17-24 All dance DoSiDo with new partner and turn RH
25-32 All circle round and back

Look familiar?

2. Another WARM UP CIRCLE DANCE (like one wasn’t enough)

3. A WEE NOTHIN’ (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Elaine Brunken Moments in Time

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH across back to place
9-16 1L followed by 2L dances across top, behind Men with 1L dancing below 2M and across to 2nd place own side as 2L dances between 1M+2M and into 1st place own side. 1L+2L set (Men do not set back)

17-24 1M followed by 2M repeat bars 9-16. 2134
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L (with polite turns)

4. GALLOWAY HOUSE (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Book of Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s cast down on own sides, turn out and back to places
9-16 1s+2s circle 4H round and back
17-24 1s turn RH, cast 1 place and turn LH
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

5. 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