Monday, February 21, 2011

Argo Pond Strathspey Instructions

Here are the directions for the Argo Pond Strathspey, an original 32-bar strathspey for 3 couples by Dan Blim, written for the 2011 Ann Arbor Ball Program.

ARGO POND  S8x32  3C                                                    Dan Blim
  1- 8    1s & 2s dance set-and-rotate: Both couples set facing partner.
             Pulling right shoulder back (both couples), cast one place
             clockwise around the ring. Facing partner on the side,
             change places RH, and chase clockwise one place to
             progressed place. 1M, with 1W behind him, end facing 2M.

  9-16   1s dance a half-dolphin-reel with 1st corners: as 1s pass 2M,
             they turn individually to put the 1W in the lead.
            1s end facing 3M for a half-dolphin-reel with 2nd corners.
            1s end in 2nd place on opposite sides.

17-24   All three couples dance set-and-link for three, twice.

25-32   All three couples circle six hands around to the left and back.

University of Michigan students began rowing on Argo Pond in the 1800s. The current incarnation of the Men's Rowing team is one of the most successful non-varsity crew teams in the country. For anyone who has ever walked alongside, rowed upon, or stopped to appreciate the beautiful, calm water of Argo Pond -- preserve Ann Arbor's most beautiful and historic body of water!

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