Dances for March 14, 2017

***WEATHER ALERT****  Weather Network Canada informs you that despite 400 cm of snow and winds of 4000 miles an hour, Scottish Country Dance class is ON!!!!

Congrats to the 10 brave folks who ventured out on Tuesday night, amongst which I was not.

Holly held down the fort, now an igloo, and did the following dances:

MEET YOUR CORNERS (H. Boyd – unpublished) – 32R

FIGHT ABOUT THE FIRESIDE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Nathaniel Gow RSCDS Book 1


GRAMACHIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1


FAIRLEE FROLIC (H. Boyd from A Shortcut to Happiness) 32S

THE CHEQUERED COURT (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Duncan Brown RSCDS Book 42


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







Spring Dance March 11, 2017

Montreal’s spring tea dance this year was a big success, though at -21 degree temperatures, it wasn’t very spring-like.  But with musicians Laura Risk and Nicolas Williams, and over 40 dancers in attendance, it was very springy!skype-emoticons-holidayspirit-3.gif

The day was a special one, as it was also the birthday of our treasurer-extraordinaire, Richard “Big Bucks” Ricardo.  Happy birthday, Richard!

Richard and our dear common friend, money (also featuring Scruffy the dog)

We had some illustrious and loyal guests from Vermont, Ottawa and Cornwall, and they were not disappointed (I’m assuming, I could be wrong).

Some people had trouble making it there to begin with:

The Face of Dedication


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Sally looks for an easy exit but is surrounded
Fabulous live music!
Joanne and Sean try out some new SCD moves.  Also, Holly’s scalp!
Old friends and 39-year-old Dagmar (she’s smiling because she’s about to catch me for a Strathspey)
The latest cover of Scottish GQ Magazine.
Cary and Michael and I take all our photos by a fire alarm and extinguisher.  Safety first.
Don mimics Holly’s foot position and ends up looking like a Scottish mime.
The moment at which Kildonan became an Ames room (look it up)
Ramona shows off her new kilted skirt while Valerie smiles to keep from freezing to death.
“Now everyone just shut up.  DON WHAT DID I JUST SAY?!”
Beautiful straight lines.  If you’re drunk/high/myopic.


“Why is this millennial making me take a selfie? Ugh.”




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It was literally all a blur for Katie.


Time for videos!! Thank you to Ramona and Michael and of course, myself. You’re welcome.


After all the hard work, it was finally time for FOOD!

Joanne was so hungry she couldn’t manage to close her mouth for the photo.
“Do these glasses make me look hungry?”
The out-of-towners were very serious about the eating portion of the evening.
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Azin’s son came to help by lowering the average age by several decades. Also featuring headless Katie.
Polly and Dale smile through woefully regretting having chosen our table to sit at.
Evil German lady eats up after a long day of forcing me to dance Strathspeys. “My work is done.”
People got increasingly more depressed at this table from right to left as the evening wore on.

All fabulous things must come to an end, and at last it was time to go home and collapse. But not before taking one last photo!


Thank you to all who attended!  Let’s shoot for 60 people next year!




Dances for March 7, 2017

Last class before the spring dance!

Dagmar started off the night with an awesomely-named

ECCLEFECHAN FELINE (I’m naming my next cat this)  (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Bob McMurtry Le Petit Chat Celtique


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

Starts at 3:20 in this video


Then Holly taught us the Tournee, where we discovered that Guillaume and I are apparently not the same height (who knew?).

We then used this jaw-dropping Strathspey figure in

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


Then we “setted and rotated” a couple hundred times, and then Holly made us do

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


Then Dagmar took over and we buzzed to the

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

Video starts at 0:28


Holly ended the evening with

Célébrations 2017    (J4X48) 4C set

Nope, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes…the quality really is that bad.




Dances for February 28, 2017

More Spring dance practice underway!

Holly started us off with her

Meet the Corners 3C set 32J3 H. Boyd


Flowers of Edinburgh 32R3 RSCDS Book 1

I think the attire in the video below should be mandatory for all classes!


Then Margaret did some step practice and poussette fun, with the 2s and 4s forgetting to step up on

Tomalena   32R5 San Francisco Vol 2 Gratiot & Douglas


Then it was Strathspey time as Holly made us feel wealthy with the smell of

Monymusk 32S3 RSCDS Book 11


and Margaret made me not too happy with the hyperbolic (seriously, one happiness isn’t enough, you need three?)

Triple Happiness   3C set 32S3 Leaflet Y. Oyama

We finished off the night with the “clover-leafed” dances that are easy to mix-up,

Captains House 32R3 RSCDS Graded 3 H. Boyd



Mairis Wedding 40R3 22 SCDs J. Cosh

Check out the awesome 90s fashion below, complete with crappy quality video!

Dances for February 21, 2017

Challenge was the word of the day as Dagmar and Margaret threw us into the deep end with some harder dances, but luckily everyone was able to swim (or at least float on the surface until 911 arrived).   It was great preparation for the upcoming Spring dance!

Margaret started with
Hunting Horn     32J3 SD Archives P. McBride

and the lovely

Napiers Index   40J3 RSCDS Book 45

Then Dagmar, after calling me Katie once or twice,  did her version of

La Rousse d’Ecosse 40S3 Reel Friends 2 Tweaked by Dagmar

At the break, we had yummy apple crumb cake provided by Katie for Ramona’s birthday!! Happy birthday, Ramona!

Dagmar continued with

Dancing Dolphins 32J3 Dolphin Book B.Skelton


and Margaret ended the night with the challenging Strathspey


Dances for February 14, 2017

What better activity for Valentine’s Day than Scottish country dance?? (don’t answer that).  Over 20 people attended (welcome back, Anne!), primarily because of Katie’s promise of heart-shaped cookies (little did we know we had hours of Strathspey step practice in front of us.  And by hours, I of course mean 20 minutes).

Holly started us off with
Festival Interceltique circle 32R RSCDS Four for 2008 I. Brockbank Feb-14


Then, after Margaret’s ode to the Strathspey, we used our newly-perfected steps on

Delvine Side   32S3 RSCDS Book 2 W. Campbell


Holly, at Jane’s request and in honour of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, did the Star Wars dance, which is actually the Star Trek dance and has now been renamed

Star Trek “Wars”  32R4   A Nony Mouse

I danced with Dagmar, and we exchanged looks that reflected our love for this dance throughout.  Margaret was extremely distraught about not being able to join in, but luckily, Ramona bravely gave Margaret her place and took this video (I’m sure the “over my dead body” comment that I heard was coming from outside).  Everyday heroes are among us.

Duncan also did an excellent job supervising our dancing!


After the break and yummy cookies by Katie and also Michael, Holly taught us

De’il Amang the Tailors   32R3 RSCDS Book 14


oh goody, another Strathspey:

Out of Thin Air 32S3 RSCDS Draded 3 S. Porter


Holly ended the evening with

Capital Jig   32J3 RSCDS 5 for 2009 T. Mackay

Dances for February 7, 2017

It was Margaret’s turn to rule the roost!!   As it was a Tuesday, it was naturally snowy and cold, but that didn’t deter people from coming as we had over 20 people in attendance.

Here are the dances!

Helping Hand     3Cset 32R3    Let’s All Dance too      I. Boyd

Collie Law     32J2     24 G&S       R. Goldring

Skip to 31:01 for Collie Law in this video!  Remember the Allemande!


Jamie’s Jig     32J4     Lets All dance Too     D. St Amand

Thanks for the great video of us, Ramona!


The World turned Upside down     3C set 32R3 WTUD     I. Boyd

Mairi’s Wedding      40R3 22SCDs       J. Cosh

Study Aid for Spring Dance!

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

It’s Nae Bother

Flowers of Edinburgh


Shiftin’ Bobbins


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




Dances for January 31, 2017

It was a big night for Ramona as she got her first very own kilted skirt!  Hope you enjoy it for many  years to come!  Make sure to wear it to class, social events, the grocery store and on public transport!  I love how Ramona’s waist is actually above my bosom in this photo. Nice.


Here are this week’s dances:

Holly started us off with two circle dances:

Wedding at Fingask Castle        circle 32J       H. Boyd

Mayflower  circle 32 J

And then Margaret took over (welcome back and also, it’s about damn time) with

Selkirk Settlers    3C set 48R3 Let’s All Dance M. Zadworny


Johnny’s New Jig   32J2 Let’s All Dance S. Langdon Kass


Then came the Strathspeys…. Holly taught us

Welcome to A&P        32S2 H. Boyd

and Margaret did

Asilomar Romantic    32S3 San Francisco Vol 2 T. Cuthbertson


And Holly concluded the evening with one of my favourites,

Captain’s House     32R3 RSCDS Graded 3 H. Boyd

Warning: You may recognize some of the people in the video below

Dances for January 24, 2017

With Holly being in an undisclosed location (dancing Contra?), Dagmar dealing with a pig riot, and Margaret still in that southern state that votes wrong, Katie and I took over the class! No adult supervision, wheeeee! Luckily we had some help from Ramona, who welcomed newcomers and brought juice and Don, who brought out stuff and chatted with people (I know, shocking).

I started out with the super-Scottish

Ann Banan (Dagmar, 2017)

and then proceeded with

Ferry Louper (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 24 G and S dances

You may recognize some of the people in this video! Thanks to Ramona for sharing.


The Mad Hatter (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Iain Boyd Happy to Meet

and Well Done Jack  (J8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 29


After the break, Katie continued with

Sugar Candie (S8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 26


Burns’ Night   (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Robert McOwen 50yr Boston Br