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!

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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.

Dances for March 13, 2018

Lots of perfecting our technique tonight, starting with reels of 4 practice!  Holly spurred us to revivify our timing and covering, and I was so galvanized that I was emboldened to cogitate the meaning of life (apparently in the thesaurus).

Then we tried to do Kinfaun’s Castle, but hahahahaha.  Nope.

Then more practice…Reels of 3!! It’s like a Reel of 4, but after you’ve lost one person to texting.

Then we did the fun

POLKA DOT (R5x32)  (interesting that the instructions here use cardinal directions instead of UP/DOWN, etc…is that normal??)
5 person diamond set with 5th person in centre facing North

1- 8 RSh Reel with North and South
9-16 LSh Reel with West and East
17-24 Set and ½ turn RH with North, set and ½ turn RH with West
25-32 Set and ½ turn RH with South, set and ½ turn RH with East

 

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 we did Blue Bonnets about 57 times.

BLUE BONNETS (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Book 3

1- 8 1L+2M Adv&Ret and dance DoSiDo
9-16 1M+2L Adv&Ret and dance DoSiDo
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1

 

UP THE POND (adapted for 2 couples) (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Martin Mulligan

1- 8 1s+2s Adv&Ret and dance RH across
9-16 1s+2s dance DoSiDo with partners and dance LH across
17-24 1s dance down, 1L turns under 1M right arm and dance up to 2nd place in middle facing up
25-32 1L dances LH across with 2M+3M as 1M dances RH across with 2L+3L, 1s lead up crossing and cast to 2nd place own sides

 

After the break, we had STEP PRACTICE WITH BETH!!!!!  We are so happy you moved here from AMERICA!!!  Don caught a video of this momentous occasion.  We did drills for skip change step and advance and retire.

 

Then we did

THE SHETLAND SHEPHERDESS (or, as I now call it, SHSH)(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 Sh Sh ends at 0:35)

 

Célébrations 2017
Holly Boyd   RSCDS Montréal
Jig   4 x 48 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

1-8   1s2s set and rotate, 1s finishing facing up;

9-16 2s1s3s dance parallel reels of 3 on the sides, 1s giving right shoulder to 2s to start;

17-20 2s1s right hands across;

21-24 1s3s left hands across;

25-28 1s3s4s advance and retire;

29-32 1s 3s 4s turn by the right;

33-40 1s3s4s 6 hands round and back;

41-48 1s3s4s poussette for 3 couples, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

 

And here we are dancing it!!!

 

Since our Holly wrote this last dance, I’m including the dance info from the SCD Dictionary here:

 

Dance Information

The recommended music is The Merry Reapers (8 x 24 bars) as on the CD, A Camp of Pleasure.The dance was devised [by Holly Boyd] to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal and the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

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Proclamation Of Canadian Confederation, c. 1867

 

What’s wrong with the weird font in the proclamation? It looks like the contract from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971 movie).

So apparently no Strathspeys this week…how did we make it through??

A+P Social! March 10, 2018

Another successful A+P Social with live music from Sean McCutcheon, Suzanne Beauregard and Laurence Beaudry!

Enjoy these photos and videos from the event!

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Probably my favourite photo of the night.  This looks suspiciously like line dancing! 
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Alistair and Diana in a prime position to judge the Allemande.
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Ramona holding me up as I get drowned by my many sashes

 

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The Clansman 

 

Granville Market

 

And then it was time for food!

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Holly reminds us of what a great mood she’s been in lately.  Joanne loses a tooth.
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I get into grape character while Don apparently runs into an air vacuum.
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Guillaume takes a break from Game of Thrones to watch over the feast
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I’m struggling to make fun of anything in this photo.  *waves back to Duncan*
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Dagmar is horrified by something, and I’m not even at the table.

Thank you to all who came!!

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Dances for March 6, 2018

A few brave cult followers…I mean, dancers… tried their hand at briefing tonight, in preparation for the upcoming A+P Social.  Since all the dances done tonight are included in last week’s study guide, I will simply list the dances “performed”.

The Illustrious Boisterous Guest Briefers

Ramona – Granville Market

Don – The Lady Wynd

Alistair – Light on the Water

Annie – And the Ladies Wore Red

Then the adults (debatable) took over, and Margaret did Falls of Rogie, while Dagmar did Black Mountain Reel, Society Piper, and the Byron Strathspey.

This would be a boring post, except that Ramona and I took videos!

Here’s a video of us doing And the Ladies Wore Red:

 

And here’s a clip of The Falls of Rogie

 

Stay tuned for the A+P Social post!

Dances for February 27, 2018 + Study Guide

Lots of dances are done when Dagmar is in charge and I’m not there to be ridiculous!

Look at all the ones they got through!  All these are on the social on March 10th, and this blog post will also include the remainder March 10 dances  for study purposes.

GRANVILLE MARKET (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Elinor M Vandegrift 2nd Graded Book SCDs

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s cross RH and cast 1 place. 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corners RH and pass RSh to face 2nd corners, 1s turn 2nd corners RH and pass RSh to end 2nd place own sides
25-32 2S+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

 

GLORIA’S WEE JIG (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Bob McMurtry Devil’s Quandary

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 and casts to 2nd place, 2s+1s set

 

LIGHT ON THE WATER (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Susie Langdon Kass Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1s cast down behind own sides and back to places
9-16 1s dance reels of 3 on sides (in and down to start)
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars, set, lead up and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret 1 step, dance DoSiDo round partner and turn 2H

 

THE LADY WYND (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring G and S Dances 2

1- 8 1s dance in and cast 1 place, 2s+1s+3s turn partners RH ending in centre facing up
9-16 2s+1s+3s Promenade
17-24 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides passing dancer on right RSh
25-32 1L+2s also 1M+3s dance RH across and 1s pass RSh to dance LH across with other couple

 

THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Priddey Anniversary Tensome

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place and turn LH to 1M facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16 1M followed by partner dance a full RSh diagonal Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 1st corners and end facing Lady’s 2nd corner
17-24 1M followed by partner dance a RSh Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 2nd corners and 1s end facing own 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corners RH, pass RSh, turn 2nd corner RH and pass RSh to 2nd place own sides (corners turn for 4 bars)

 

 

KARIN’S STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2

1- 8 1s+2s dance The Knot
9-16 1s set advancing to 1st corners, turn 2H and circle 4H round to left and end Lady between 2s facing down and Man between 3s facing up
17-24 1s set advancing to 2nd corners, turn 2H and circle 4H round to left and end on opposite sides facing 1st corners
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides (1s give LSh to 1st corners) and cross to own 2nd place own sides

 

MAY’S 100 (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Brenchley The Other Kangaroo Paw

1- 8 1s dance in, cast to 2nd place, turn ¾ RH to join LH with 1st corners and balance in line
9-16 1s turn 1st corners LH into prom hold (corners on Left of 1s) and promenade clockwise ½ way round. Corners finish in opposite corner pstn while 2nd corners change places RH and twirl (pull back RSh) out to opposite corner
17-20 1s turn ¾ RH, join LH with 2nd corner person (4th corner pstn) and balance in line
21-28 1s and 2nd corners repeat bars 9-16 while 1st corners change places RH and twirl (pull back RSh) out to sides
29-32 1s turn ¾ RH to 2nd place own sides. 2s+1s+3s set

 

THE FALLS OF ROGIE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Jean Attwood Alexander Book 1

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s cross RH and cast 1 place (Man up Lady down)
9-16 1s dance ½ reels of 3 across (1M with 2s and 1L with 3s), set in lines across and change places RH with opposite person
17-24 2s+1s+3s chase clockwise ½ way, 1s dance in and turn RH to face 1st corner pstns as 2s and 3s continue to chase on to places (as bar 16)
25-32 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners, passing RSh dance ½ reel with 2nd corners and cross passing RSh to 2nd place own sides

 

 

Remaining Dances on the March 10th Social (not done on Feb 27):

THE CLANSMAN (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Derek Haynes RSCDS Book 32

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast down 1 place, 2s+1s dance ½ RH across and set
9-16 1s+2s dance R&L, ending with Men turning Ladies into centre to form a line across
17-24 1s+2s dance the Targe:-
‘ 17-18 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
‘ 19-20 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man full turn LH
‘ 21-22 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
‘ 23-24 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man turn LH to end on sides 1s facing up and 2s facing down
25-32 2s+1s set facing on sides, turn to face partners and set, 1s lead up crossing RH and cast to 2nd place on own sides

 

POSTIE’S JIG (J4x32) 4C set Roy Clowes Ormskirk 5

1- 8 1s and 4s Set&Cast in 1 place, 1s and 4s dance ½ Figs of 8 round new end couples
9-12 1M+4M and 1L+4L cross (men making an arch) and turn corners with free hand to face up/down
13-16 1s+4s dance down/up (couple dancing up make the arch) and turn corners
17-24 Repeat bars 9-16 from new positions
25-32 1s+4s dance ½ R&L, turn partner RH. 2413

 

THE BYRON STRATHSPEY (S3x32) 3C set John Drewry Deeside Book 2

1- 8 All petronella turn into the centre and set to partner, turn 2H 1¼ times back to places
9-16 1s+2L and 3s+2M dance RH across, 2s pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple
17-24 2s in prom hold dance reel of 3 with 1s passing 1L RSh, end 2s in centre at top
25-32 2s+1s+3s dance Allemande. 312

 

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

 

SOCIETY PIPER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 10 Social Dances

1- 8 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and meet in centre facing down, ½ turn 2s with nearer hand and ½ turn 3s with other hand 1s ending in 3rd place opposite sides
9-16 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 3s and meet in centre facing up, ½ turn 3s with nearer hand and ½ turn 2s with other hand
17-24 1s dance down centre to 2nd place, set to 3s, set to partner and set to 2s
25-32 1L dances RH across with 2L+3L on own side and 1M dances LH across on Men’s side, 1s dance up and cast to 2nd place own sides

LOOK AT US WE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

 

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.

 

THE MINISTER ON THE LOCH (S3x32) 3C set Roy Goldring 24 G and S Dances

1- 8 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette
9-16 1s dance down for 2 steps, turn 2H, dance up to top and turn 2H
17-24 1s+3s dance double Fig of 8 round 2s with 1s casting to start
25-32 1M+2M turn LH 1½ times while 1L+2L turn RH 1½ times, 1M+3M turn RH 1½ times while 1L+3L turn LH 1½ times

 

AND THE LADIES WORE RED (R4x32) 4C set Amanda Peart The Sunday Class 1

1- 8 All Men pass partner RSh, dance down behind Ladies and back up Men’s side. 4321
9-16 All Ladies pass opposite Man RSh, dance up behind Men and down Ladies’ side. 4321
17-24 All Adv&Ret, 4s dance down to 4th place (3s+2s+1s step up 23-24). 3214
25-32 3s+2s also 1s+4s dance Poussette. 2341

Dances for February 20, 2018

Sure, we continued to do dances to prepare for our upcoming social, but it was Ramona’s birthday, so I think we mainly just ate cake (can anyone confirm?).    Also, we had a guest visitor:  BRAMMIE the BRAMSTER!   He helped by bringing out the cake and making us lots of name tags for when we forget who we are.   Good job, Bram, and Happy Birthday, Ramona!

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Dances done in preparation for our March 10 social:

The Clansman
Light on the Water
Society Piper
May’s 100
The Highland Rambler

+ The Royal Visit (Not on social…thank goodness).