Study Aid for Spring Dance!

Dances suitable for beginners (marked with a “B”):

It’s Nae Bother

Flowers of Edinburgh

Monymusk

Shiftin’ Bobbins

Tomalena

Saint John River

 

IT’S NAE BOTHER (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 4 (B)

Bars 1- 8      1s+2s set, Ladies cross, passing partners RSh chase clockwise to own side (having changed places)
9-16       1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
17-24     1s+2s set, Men cross, passing opposite Lady RSh chase clockwise to own sides
25-32      2s+1s dance R&L

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

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

 

MONYMUSK (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Preston RSCDS Book 11 (B)

1- 8     1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn 1¼ times LH to end 1L between 2s to face 1M between 3s
9-16     2s+1s+3s set twice 1s turning onto opposite sides and all set twice
17-24     2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
25-32     1s dance reels of 3 on sides giving RSh to person on their Right and 1s cross RH to places

 

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

1- 8     1s set and 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 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, 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

Bonus points if you can spot Katie in this video!

 

SHIFTIN’ BOBBINS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Clowes Ormskirk 6 (B)

1- 8 1s cross RH to double triangle position with 2s+3s and set, 1s cast up to top and dance down until they are between 2s and 3s
9-16 1L dances RH across with 2M+3M while 1M dances LH across with 2L+3L, 1s followed by 2s+3s dance down centre
17-24 3s followed by 2s+1s dance up and 3s+2s cast down to places, 1L dances LH across with 2M+3M while 1M dances RH across with 2L+3L
25-32 1s dance up to top and cast down to 2nd place opposite side, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 around 2s to end in 2nd place on own sides. 213

 

 

ASILOMAR ROMANTIC (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Tom Cuthbertson San Fransisco Collection 2

1- 8     1s+3s dance double Fig of 8 around 2s, 1s crossing down to start
9-16     1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette
17-24    1s dance in and down between 2s (2s step up), set to each other and dance RSh round 4th corner to face own 1st corner
25-32    1s dance ‘Hello-Goodbye’ setting ending with petronella turn to 2nd places

 

 

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)

 

OUT OF THIN AIR (S3x32) 3C set Sue Porter And Diane Rooney RSCDS Graded 3

1- 8    1s set, cross RH, cast, turn LH to face 1st corners (2s step up bars 5-6)
9-16    1s turn corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH to finish in middle, own side, facing up
17-24    1s dance up between 2s, cast, dance down between 3s and cast up into 2nd place own sides
25-32    1s+3s dance the Tournée:-
‘ 1s+3s dance into prom hold (Men with partner on right, 1s face M’s side and 3s L’s side), couples ½ wheel anticlockwise and Men turn Ladies into middle, both couples turn 1½ times (3s RH, 1s LH) and dance out to places

 

ORPINGTON CALEDONIANS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Brenchley RSCDS Book 49

1- 8    1s set, 1L casts and followed by 1M, dances across to 2M’s place facing out (2s step up 5-6). 1L+3M also 1M+3L ½ turn LH and Men face out
9-16    3s+1s dance Ladies’ Chain, 1M finishes facing out
17-24    1M followed by 1L casts up, dances across to 2M place (3s step down 19-20). 2s+1s dance RH across. 1M and 2L face out
25-32    2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides (1s+3s pass LSh to start)

 

THE BEES OF MAGGIEKNOCKATER (J4x32) 4C set John Drewry Canadian Book

1- 8     1s cross RH and cast 1 place, dance RH across with 3s and end 1M+3L also 1L+3M in prom hold facing out to pass corner person RSh
9-24    All dance 4x½ Reels of 3 on sides (to right to start, then left, right and left) with 1s+3s changing partners in centre at end of each ½ Reel to progress Men clockwise and Ladies anticlockwise. End in centre 1s facing down and 3s facing up
25-32    1s dance between 3s turning 3s with nearer hand 1½ times, crossing over to own sides and turn 4th person 1½ times (Men RH and Ladies LH). 2341

 

TOMALENA (R5x32) 5C Set Sara Gratiot and Paul Douglas San Francisco Collection 2 (B)

1- 8    1s and 3s lead down and up to 2nd/4th places BtoB facing own sides
9-16     All dance Double Triangles with 1s and 3s ending in middle facing up
17-24    1s and 3s dance up between 2s/4s and cast down 1 place, dance down between lower couple and cast up to 2nd/4th places
25-32    1s+4s also 3s+5s dance Poussette. 24153

 

THE LEA RIG (S8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 21

1-16 1s+2s (2s step up and join in on bar 3 by setting then follow 1s) dance full Petronella back to places with 2s turning to place on bars 15-16
17-24 1s lead down centre of set and back to top
25-32 1s+2s dance RH across once round and ½ Diamond Poussette to change place

 

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

 

SUGAR CANDIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 26

1- 8    1s set and cast 1 place, cross passing LSh and cast RSh round their 1st corner into centre ending BtoB (Lady facing up, Man down)
9-16    1L circle left with 2s and 1M with 3s, turn to face partner and set, ¾ turn partner 2H to end facing 1st corners
17-24   1s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH and end facing 1st corners
25-32    1s dance Reel of 3 on opposite sides passing 1st corner LSh and cross RH to 2nd place own sides. 213

 

A CAPITAL JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Tine Mackay 5 dances 2009

1- 8    1s+2s Set and Rotate and end 1s facing up, 2s down:-
‘ 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 facing up)
9-16    1s dance reels of 3 on own sides (RSh to 2s)
17-24    1s set and turn RH to face own sides, 1s dance LH across (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s) to end 2nd place opposite sides
25-32    1s set and turn RH to face opposite sides, 1s dance LH across (1M with 2s, 1L with 3s) ending 2nd place own sides

 

TRIPLE HAPPINESS  (S32X3) 3C set    Y. Oyama Leaflet

1-8   1C adv+ret (1 step)(touch RH), 1/2 turn LH, cross down below 2s and cast up to place

9-16 1C+2C dance the Knot, 1st finishing facing 1st corners

17-24  1C+1st corners dance “corners pass and turn”, 1C+2nd corners repeat. 1C finish in 2nd place own sides

25-32  2C+1C+3C chase 1/2 way, 1/2 turn partner both hands and cast to own side

 

 

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 diag. reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass RSh, dance ½ diag. 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

 

 

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

 

St John River (S4x32) 4C set Prudence Edwards Centennial Collection (B)

1- 8    1L followed by partner casts 1 place, crosses, casts down behind 3rd Man, crosses, casts behind 4th Lady and 1L crosses to 4th place opposite sides
9-16   1s dance up 1 place under 4s arch, turn 2H 1½ times, dance up under 2s arch to original places
17-24   1s followed by 2s+3s+4s lead down the middle (2s+3s dance up set before leading down and 4s dance up only) and back to places
25-32   All dance DoSiDo with partners, 1s change places on sides with 2s RH, with 3s LH and 4s with RH

 

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

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Study Aid for Spring Dance!

  1. katiekiskaddon

    That’s really helpful. Thanks, Annie!

    Well, it took me a good minute to spot myself in Napier’s Index. Should I offer a prize for the first person to find me?! It could be seasonally appropriate, like a snowflake or an icicle.

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