Monday, May 16, 2011

Lesson Plan for May 16, 2011

Dances whose basic formations may be embellished with "twiddles".

THE HUNTING HORN   J8x32   3C (4C set)         P McBride SCD Archives
  1- 8        1s cast 1 place, cross RH, cast below 3s
                 & lead up middle to 2nd place BtoB in centre for Double Triangles

 9-16        1s dance Double Triangles & 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

Dance Information
Early hunting horns were much simpler than modern horns, consisting of brass tubes with a slightly flared opening (the bell) wound around a few times. These early "hunting" horns were originally played on a hunt, often while mounted, and the sound they produced was called a recheat. Change of pitch was effected entirely by the lips (the horn not being equipped with valves until the 19th century). Without valves, only the notes within the harmonic series are available. The horn was used, among other reasons, to call hounds on a hunt and created a sound most like a human voice, but carried much farther.

1694 Hunting Horn

MASON'S APRON   R8x32   3C (4C set)                          Border Book 
  1- 8      1s turn RH, cast to 2nd place (2s step up), cross RH, 
               cast R to finish 1W between 2s facing 1M between 3s 

 9-16     1s set & turn RH to opposite sides between corners, 
              set & turn RH to face 1st corners

17-24    1s set & turn 1st corners; set & turn 2nd corners

25-32    1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 1st corners 
              & cross to 2nd place own sides

THE DUCHESS OF ATHOLL'S SLIPPER   S8x32   2C (4C set)         RSCDS 9 
  1- 8     1L dances reel of 3 with 1M+2M, starting LSh to 2M 

 9-16     1M dances reel of 3 with 1L+2L, starting LSh to 2L 
              and 1M crossing at the top 

17-24    1s set, turn 2H, lead down below 2s & cast up to top 

25-32    1s+2s dance Allemande

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