Red Barn Social, November 25, 2017

Another successful Red Barn social!  The theme this year was Canada 150, so we all wore red and white (and by we all, I mean about three of us, mainly Don).   Nearly 30 people showed up to this event, including two newer A+Pers, Rabaa and Julie-Anne! Thanks to all who came and helped!     I had to leave early, but I heard through the SCD gossip vine (it’s extremely efficient) that grapes and ice cream were devoured by exhausted dancers after the end of the programme.

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How all horror movies begin

 

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Families that kilt together, stay together
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Wendy and JP argue over who’s going to lead down; Joanne gets ready to pounce
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The dancers circle the room as the judges on the side decide who will be offered as a sacrifice to RSCDS headquarters (Dagmar is smiling because she has made her choice).
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Alison attempts to dodge Holly as Duncan looks into the distance and Polly feeds a pigeon.
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Alistair prepares himself to catch Joanne before she attempts her triple flip.

 

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Janet’s head got exhausted from all thinking.  This was 2.3 seconds after Richard said no to having his photo taken.
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The hand on Richard’s shoulder is mine – my arms are unusually long.

 

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Speaking of arms, Janet’s fell asleep and I carried it around in my backpack the rest of the night; Don scampers in at the last minute while Robin looks mischievous as per usual.
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Holly’s “must I do everything???” look

We got some awesome group photos!!

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And thanks to Helene and Ramona for the video!

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Dances for November 28, 2017

Take a deep breath….and hold it, because this week was CRAMPED!  Not being able to use our beloved Kildonan Hall was a bit of a struggle, but we got through it!  Holly and Dagmar still have a headache from trying to control us; hopefully it’ll be better before their new Hogmanay headache sets in.

We “did”:

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

 

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

 

Then came the ironic

KILDONAN HALL (H. Boyd R8X32)

1 – 4                  1st couple cross, giving right hands, and cast to                                         second place. 2nd couple step up on 3&4

5 – 8                  1st couple, giving left hands, turn once round finishing in                          second place on opposite sides

9 – 16       2nd and 1st couples dance a ladies’ chain

17 – 24      2nd and 1st couples dance right hands across and left hands back

25 – 26      2nd and 1st couples, taking hands on the side, set

27 – 28      1st couple, giving right hands, cross to second place own sides

29 – 32      2nd and 1st couples circle four hands round to the left

 

and

POSTIE’S JIG (The “Decapitation Dance”  (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

(JP enjoys this dance WAY TOO MUCH)

 

After the break, oh yeay, a Strathspey:

CASTLE DOUGLAS (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 12 Soc Dances

1- 8 1s dance in and cast 1 place, meet in centre nearer hands joined facing 2L, set to 2L turning to left to face 2M, set turning to face Men’s side
9-16 1L dances RH across with 2s while 1M dances LH across with 3s. 1s turn about to face each other, set and turn 2H to face 3M
17-24 1s set to 3M turning to face 3L, set turning to face Ladies’ side. 1M+2s dance LH across while 1L+3s and dance RH across. Bar 24 1s turn about to face each other up/down set
25-32 1s set and petronella turn on to own sides, 2s+1s+3s all turn partners 2H

 

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

(video starts at 3:15)

 

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

1- 8 1s+2s Set&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 ¾ 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 ¾ RH to face opposite sides, 1s dance LH across (1M with 2s, 1L with 3s) ending 2nd place own sides

Dances for November 21, 2017

Head cheese Margaret continued our preparation for the Red Barn Social on November 25th!  It was a magical Strathspey-free night!!!    Plus, the newer dancers learned the “crossover mirror reels”!!  Remember that only the first couple crosses over, while the others just do their regular reels like lazy bums.

THE SHETLAND SHEPHERDESS (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

 

Then Margaret’s own creation (I assume to honour Obama’s 2008 election)

YES! WE CAN!                             M creation               3C set             32J3

(but can we?  sarcastic subheading added by Annie)

THE KISSING BRIDGE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Romaine Butterfield RSCDS Book 47

1- 8 1s cast and dance behind lines to bottom and turn outwards to dance back to top
9-16 1s cross down to dance reels of 3 on opposite sides to end in partner’s place
17-24 1s lead down middle and cross to own sides (Lady under Man’s arm), 1s lead up to top and end facing partner with 2H joined
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 213

(Video starts at 5:07)

 

THE ATHOLL REEL (R8x32) 2C (4C set) John S Trew Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1M+2L Adv&Ret, 1L+2M Adv&Ret
9-16 1s+2s chase round clockwise (in square formation) to places
17-24 1s followed by 2 lead down and 2s lead up
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

Recognize any of these people?

 

KATIE’S (not our Katie) CEILIDH (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Bowie Dickson Dunedin Book 5

1- 8 1s set, cross down RH and dance RSh round 1st corners to meet in centre LSh to LSh, 1L facing down, 1M facing up (2s step up 3-4)
9-16 1s dance RH across (1L with 2M+3M and 1M with 2L+3L), 1s turn left elbow grip (birl) 1¾ to face 3rd corner position while corners chase ½ way clockwise
17-24 1s turn 3rd corners RH, pass RSh to turn 4th corners LH and pass LSh to…
25-32 1s dance RH across, 1L+2s (in 3rd place) 1M+3s (at top), turn left elbow grip 1¼ to end in 2nd place own side while corners chase ½ way clockwise

(No video available)

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

Dances for November 14, 2017

Winter’s here! What better way to celebrate than to partake in SCD! Lots of fun this Tuesday evening, with period costumes and more training for the Red Barn Social this coming Saturday!

 

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Ramona tries out her new dress from Forever 1821

Holly and Dagmar sailed the ship, and as Holly started the class we began with a circle dance, of course!

Circle dance, variation of

THE FERRYBOAT (R32) Circle Dance (Ladies on Men’s right) Carolyn Hunt Let’s All Dance

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Duncan and Sally finally face off in the season finale of Survivor: SCD Edition

 

Then we had a very cute and very tiny guest dancer : the Bramster!!!  I was in his set, and he kept us in line.  Good job, Mr. Bram!

POLKA DOT (R5x32)
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

 

 

Apparently Holly and Dagmar are dying for this year to end, because we then did

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

 

Followed by POUSSETTE PRACTICE!!!!!!  And then the test…

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

 

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

 

After the break, we did more Red Barn dances!

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

DISCLAIMER: ANY RESEMBLANCE TO ACTUAL PERSONS IN THIS VIDEO IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL.

 

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

 

THE WHITE HEATHER JIG (J4x40) 4C set James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn 1½ LH to end between 2s facing opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across, 1s pass RSh to face 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner, to end between 3s facing opposite sides
25-32 1s+3s dance reel of 4 across, 1s end in middle between 3s and 4s
33-40 1s turn LH, cast to 4th place on own side and turn RH

Dances for November 7, 2017

Teachers: Holly and Dagmar

 

* THE OLD MAN OF STORR (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring SCDs For Children

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

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

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

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

**FLIGHT TO MELBOURNE (R4x32) Sq.Set Shirley Campbell RSCDS Book 47

**THE WHITE HEATHER JIG (J4x40) 4C set James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

Study Guide for Red Barn Social!

One-star dances are suitable for beginners as long as they have an experienced partner and have practiced in class!

 

RED BARN SOCIAL

20609 Lakeshore Road, Baie d’Urfée

November 25, 7:30 PM

$12 general admission

$10 RSCDS members

 

* THE OLD MAN OF STORR (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring SCDs For Children

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across, 1L followed by partner casts 1 place and 1L crosses to 2nd place opposite sides
9-16 1s+3s dance LH across, 1L followed by partner casts down 1 place and 1L crosses to 3rd place own side
17-24 1s set, dance up to top and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s R&L

 

** THE SHETLAND SHEPHERDESS (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 this dance only up to 0:35)

 

**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

 

*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

 

**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

 

*JOHNNIE WALKER (M-(S64+J64)) Sq.Set Norman and Helen Robson Whisky Collection

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 All set to corners and turn RH, set to partners and turn LH
17-24 1s and 3s advance to centre and lead out through sides with opposite partner, cross and dance to opposite sides and turn partner RH 1½ times
25-32 2s and 4s repeat 17-24
33-40 All Ladies petronella one place to right and all set, Ladies petronella on to next place to right and set
41-48 All Men petronella one place to right and all set, Men petronella on to next place to right and set
49-64 All dance Grand Chain once round and dance Allemande anticlockwise
65-128 Repeat in Jig time

 

 

**KATIE’S CEILIDH (R8x32) 3C (4C set) John Bowie Dickson Dunedin Book 5

(no video available)

1- 8 1s set, cross down RH, dance RSh round 1st corners to meet in centre LSh to LSh
9-16 1s dance RH across (1L with 2M+3M and 1M with 2L+3L), turn left elbow grip to face 3rd corners while corners chase ½ way clockwise
17-24 1s turn 3rd corners RH, pass RSh to turn 4th corners RH and pass LSh to…
25-32 1s dance RH across (1L with 3s at top and 1M with 2s), turn left elbow grip to end in 2nd places while corners chase ½ way clockwise

 

*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

 

**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

 

*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 dances up between 2s, casts on Men’s side and crosses while 1M casts up on Ladies’ side, crosses and 2nd place, 2s+1s set

 

**FLIGHT TO MELBOURNE (R4x32) Sq.Set Shirley Campbell RSCDS Book 47

1- 8 1M+3L dance Fig of 8 round 2s while 1L+3M dance Fig of 8 round 4s
9-16 1s in prom hold dance reel of 3 across with 4M+2L (RSh to 4M to start) while 3s dance reel of 3 with 2M+4L (RSh to 2M)
17-24 All Set&Link, ½ turn partners RH and all chase clockwise 1 place
25-32 All circle 8H round and back
Repeat from new places

 

*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 and cast up round 2s
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s+2s dance Ladies’ Chain
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ R&L, 1s+3s dance ½ R&L

 

**THE WHITE HEATHER JIG (J4x40) 4C set James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn 1½ LH to end between 2s facing opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across, 1s pass RSh to face 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner, to end between 3s facing opposite sides
25-32 1s+3s dance reel of 4 across, 1s end in middle between 3s and 4s
33-40 1s turn LH, cast to 4th place on own side and turn RH

 

*REEL OF THE 51ST DIVISION (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Atkinson RSCDS Book 13

1- 8 1s Set&Cast below 3s, lead up to face 1st corners
9-16 1s set and turn 1st corners RH to balance in diagonal line, set and 1s turn LH to face 2nd corners
17-24 1s set and turn 2nd corners RH to Balance-in-Line, set and 1s turn LH to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

Dances for October 24, 2017

I was away this week at my nation-wide expedition to find Canada’s most talented cat, so I assume class was a valley of tears without me, but here’s what head cheese Margaret planned to control the masses as well as prepare us for the November 25th social at the Red Barn:

 

FIGURE IT OUT (R3x32) 3C set Roy Goldring G and S Dances 3

1- 8 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s, 1M+2L turn LH 1¼ times while 1L+2M turn RH 1¼ times
9-16 1s in prom hold dance reel of 3 across with 2s (RSh to 2M to start) and 1s end in middle facing down
17-24 1M dances LH and RH across with 2L+3L while 1L dances RH and LH across with 2M+3M 1s and 3s ending in middle facing up
25-32 1s followed by 3s dance up and cast to 3rd/2nd places and 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 3s

(Video of this dance starts at 1:39)

 

A HELPING HAND

Reel · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise – 3   (Progression: 231) Iain Boyd (1996)

Rights and Lefts (R&L)

(I’m afraid I couldn’t find much info for this one)

 

MORE BEES A-DANCING (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring G and S Dances 2

1- 8 1s lead down for 4 steps, set and dance up to face Man’s 2nd corner (2L) in prom hold
9-16 1s dance diagonal RSh reel of 3 with 2nd corners and end facing Lady’s 1st corner (2M)
17-24 1s dance LSh reel of 3 with 1st corners and ending in the middle (Man on Men’s side facing partner)
25-32 1s set in middle, petronella turn to 2nd place own sides and 2s+1s+3s turn RH (4 bars

 

THE SELKIRK SETTLERS (R3x40) 3C set Margaret Zadworny Let’s All Dance

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 3s dance Fig of 8 round 2s
17-24 All men cross and dance RSh round partner back to places, all Ladies repeat
25-32 2s dance Fig of 8 round 1s+3s (down between 3s to start)
33-40 1s dance down for 2 and back to top, 1s cast to bottom

(video starts at 0:50)

 

 

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

 

 

THE WHITE HEATHER JIG (J4x40) 4C set James B. Cosh 22 SCDs

1- 8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn 1½ LH to end between 2s facing opposite sides
9-16 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across, 1s pass RSh to face 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner, to end between 3s facing opposite sides
25-32 1s+3s dance reel of 4 across, 1s end in middle between 3s and 4s
33-40 1s turn LH, cast to 4th place on own side and turn RH

Dances for October 17, 2017

Our feet got quite a workout this evening, with lots of step practice (hop step close step! hop step close step!).  Dagmar did our warm-up, during which she was possessed by the spirit of a Russian ballet teacher and went around the room moving our feet around to get the proper stretch, tripping Michael in the process.

This was followed by a classic Holly circle dance, and then another dance with the boringtastic circle figure:

NEWCOMERS’ JIG (J3x32) 3C set J Reeves

1- 8   1M followed by partner casts 1 place and cross to opposite side (1M turns left about), 1s dance ½ Figs of 8 across (1M round 2s and 1L round 3s)
9-16   1s dance ½ Figs of 8 across (1M round 3s and 1L round 2s) ending in 2nd place opposite sides, 1s turn person on right RH
17-24   1s turn person on the left LH, 1L followed by partner casts to bottom and crosses to own sides
25-32   All dance 6H across RH and back LH

Then came the reel practice !  Remember: if you’re the tail (not facing anyone) in the right-shoulder reel, go RIGHT!   If you’re facing someone in a right-shoulder reel, pass right shoulders! If you’re tired because Katie didn’t give you any chocolate last class because you’re on a stupid diet, just lie on the floor and sigh loudly.

Then Janette and Margaret G. did a karaoke number as we did

THE DASHING WHITE SERGEANT (R32) Round The Room RSCDS Book 3
Round the room dance, 3 facing 3

1- 8 All circle 6H round and back
9-16 Centre dancer sets and turns 2H person on right, sets and turns 2H person on left (popular variation – turn person on right RH, turn person on left LH)
17-24 All dance reels of 3 with centre dancer passing LSh with person on right (popular variation – RSh to person on right)
25-32 All Adv&Ret, advance to meet next group of 3 dancers (1 group of 3 passing under arches made by opposite group)

 

and the oxymoronic

IT SHOULD BE FUN (J4x32) 4C set Roy Goldring G and S Dances 3

1- 8 1s+2s+3s Adv&Ret, 1s+2s+3s turn RH ending in middle for…
9-16 1s+2s+3s promenade round back to places
17-24 1s lead down and back to places facing out
25-32 1s cast round 2s and dance between 3s, behind 4s as 2s+3s+4s step up and 1s turn RH to 4th place

 

and our own Holly Boyd’s

MEET YOUR CORNERS (Reel · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise – 3)  Holly Boyd-Célebrations

(No video available as people no longer meet their corners, they just add them on Facebook).

After the break, Holly taught us a Strathspey for the Red Barn social…introducing the KNOT!

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

and Dagmar finished the night with

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

I’m exhausted, I need a nap.

Dances for October 10, 2017

Our first week of our seven-week course was a busy one, with over 20 people in attendance!

Holly started us off with a round the room dance, which introduced us to the popular ladies’ chain (unfortunately I was a man during this exercise so I was pretty dizzy by the end, looping over and over again in the same direction).

Then, to practice the ladies’ chain and rights and lefts,  we did Holly’s variation of

MACKENZIE REEL
32 Bar Reel For 2 Couples, Devised By Helen Butler, 1993, Published In “Another Newcastle Collection”

 

Then we did

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

 

After the break, Dagmar taught us a Strathspey, of course….

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 and cast up round 2s
9-16 1s+2s+3s dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s+2s dance Ladies’ Chain
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ R&L, 1s+3s dance ½ R&L

 

Then an Australian twist with…

FLIGHT TO MELBOURNE (R4x32) Sq.Set Shirley Campbell RSCDS Book 47

1- 8 1M+3L dance Fig of 8 round 2s while 1L+3M dance Fig of 8 round 4s
9-16 1s in prom hold dance reel of 3 across with 4M+2L (RSh to 4M to start) while 3s dance reel of 3 with 2M+4L (RSh to 2M)
17-24 All Set&Link, ½ turn partners RH and all chase clockwise 1 place
25-32 All circle 8H round and back
Repeat from new places

 

And we ended the night with

REEL OF THE 51ST DIVISION (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Atkinson RSCDS Book 13

1- 8 1s Set&Cast below 3s, lead up to face 1st corners
9-16 1s set and turn 1st corners RH to balance in diagonal line, set and 1s turn LH to face 2nd corners
17-24 1s set and turn 2nd corners RH to Balance-in-Line, set and 1s turn LH to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

Workshop and 60th A+P anniversary dance, September 30, 2017

This year’s workshop was led by Ottawa teacher Charlie Inglis and made all the more exciting with live music by Torridon!

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Torridon members get ready for a long day of playing and silently judging our dancing.

Lots of A+P dancers attended the event, as well as some Valoisians and even dancers from Toronto and Vermont.   Everyone dressed up for the event, but no one as creatively as Robin.

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Together we can stop pun violence.
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Ramona and I take the obligatory selfie before the sweat tsunami.

Charlie did an awesome job of leading our class, while I kept reminding myself that just because someone looks like Martin Short does not mean it’s okay to ask him about his time on Saturday Night Live.

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“Okay, here’s what you’ve been doing wrong your whole life..”
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Folks paying way more attention than they ever do in class.
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Not having bowed and curtsied in the past ten minutes, we really needed to get it out of our system.
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Jodie asking me about my assortment of drugs from the dance floor.  We met up in the back alley afterwards.

Here are a few videos from the workshop.  If anyone knows the name of these dances, please let me know!

 

 

After the workshop and the very fun “Double Trouble” dance (is that the name of it?), it was time for lunch.   2017 marks 60 years that we have been dancing at the church of A+P  (most of us are well over 100, proof that dancing keeps you young), and we celebrated by having members of the congregation join us for food and an afternoon dance.  To our delight, people actually showed up!

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We were informed by Helene that it was Duncan’s birthday, so we embarrassed him twice by singing him happy birthday (we should probably keep our day jobs) and Duncan blew out the candles from Helene’s cake.   Happy birthday, Duncan!

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Then it was time for our afternoon dance!

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Beth tries to instil some discipline while most of us were taking a nap after heaps of Costco cake. Okay, so maybe that was just me.

 

A “Storr Madness Sale” while the musicians have fun.

 

I left the fun during the break as I had an urgent appointment with my armchair, but Mederic was good enough to send me this lovely video of Holly’s Célébrations.

 

Thank you all for coming ! If you have photos or videos you’d like to share with others, please send them to me.

Thank you to Alison for the beautiful new SCD box!!!!

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