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)
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:
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.
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??