Monday, January 9, 2012

Dances from January 2

With everyone recovering form New Year's, we had a casual get together on the day after and only danced a few dances, brought by several different people.

GALLOWAY HOUSE (R8x32) 2C (4C set) Bk of Graded SCDs
1- 8      1s cast down on own sides, turn out & back to places
9-16     1s+2s circle 4H round & back
17-24   1s turn RH, cast 1 place & turn LH
25-32   2s+1s dance R&L

Dance information

Adjoining the estate village of Garlieston, on Wigtown Bay in Dumfries and Galloway, Galloway House was begun in 1740 for Lord Garlies, later sixth Earl of Galloway, to designs by John Douglas.

Castle Menzies RSCDS Bk 10
1- 8      1s cross RH & cast down to 2nd place, cross LH &
             cast to the left (1L casts up while 1M casts down)
9-16     1s dance reels of 3 across, 1L with 2s & 1M with 3s
17-24   1s with nearer hands joined set to 2L, turn inwards & set to 3M,
             set 3L, turn & set to 2M
25-32   2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on sides 1s giving RSh to 2nd corner,
            1s cross RH to 2nd place own sides

The Montgomeries' Rant, on You Tube

1- 8       All circle 8H round & back
9-16      1s+3s dance the Swirl:
                   Turn partner RH into Allemande hold, dance LSh round each other 1/2 way &
                   dance LH across 3/4s, turn left about to face side cpls (facing other ptnr)
17-24    All dance reels of 4 across
25-32    All set, dancing couples lead out between side couples, cross & cast,
             change places RH with partner back to places
33-40    All set, advance with partners, retire diagonally with corners & set
41-48    1L+4M dance R&L with 3L+2M (on diagonal)
49-56    1M+2L dance R&L with 3M+4L (other diagonal)
57-64    All set with corners, Advance+Retire with partners & set
65-88    2s & 4s repeat bars 9-32
89-96    All circle 8H round & back

Dance information

The dance, The Dream Catcher, is a figurative dance that describes a traditional Native American object made from a willow hoop and woven with nettle fiber or sinew to resemble a spider web, finished with feathers and beads, then hung above beds to snare dreams so that the sleeper would dream only good dreams and be protected from bad ones.  Dream catchers have been found as artifacts from the Sioux Nation dating back as far as 700 AD.  They are also common in other First Nations, such as the Ojibwe, and are often seen as a symbol of unity among various different Nations.

We will dance The Dream Catcher at our demo on Wednesday, January 25th.

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