Friday, January 13, 2012

Lesson Plan for January 16

We're back at the Traver location starting this week!

Gretchen's House #5 Barn
2625 Traver Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

GAY GORDONS (16 bar March) Round the Room dance
1 - 4        All in Allemande hold march forward 4 steps,
               swivel about to face opposite direction &
               march backwards (same direction around room) 4 steps
5-8          Repeat
9 - 12      Men set advancing as Ladies turn under Man's right arm,
13-16      All take ballroom hold and polka round the room,
               finishing facing ready to begin again.

Dance Information

92nd Highlanders at Kandahar
by Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927)

The Gordon Highlanders was a British Army infantry regiment from 1794 until 1994. The regiment took its name from the Clan Gordon and recruited principally from Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland.

Video on Scotland TV of the Gay Gordons.

GOOD-HEARTED GLASGOW J8x32 3C (4C set) P Knapman Collins Pocket Bk
1- 8         1s turn RH cast to 2nd place, & turn partner LH
               1¼ times to end Man down & Lady up
9-16        1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s & Man with 3s),
               1s passing RSh & dance LH with other couple
17-24      1s lead down the middle & back to 2nd place own side
25-32      2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

SHIFTIN' BOBBINS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) R Clowes Ormskirk Bk
1- 8         1s cross RH to double triangle pstn with 2s+3s & set, 1s cast up to top &
               dance down until they are between 2s & 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 (3s+2s cast off to places),
               1L dances LH across with 2M+3M
               while 1M dances RH across with 2L+3L
25-32      1s dance up to top, cast down to 2nd place opposite side &
               dance 1/2 fig of 8 around 2s
               to end in 2nd place on own sides

Shiftin Bobbins demo by the Twin Cities Branch on You Tube.

MAIRI'S WEDDING (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Cosh 22 SCDs+2
1- 8        1s turn RH, cast to 2nd place & turn LH to face 1st corners
9-16       1s dance 1/2 diagonal Reel of 4 with 1st corners &
               1/2 diagonal reel with 2nd corners
17-24     1s dance 1/2 diagonal Reel with 3rd corners &
               1/2 diagonal reel with 4th corners
25-32     1s dance reel of 3 across Lady with 2s & Man with 3s
33-40     2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

Dance Information

The song was originally written in Gaelic by Johnny Bannerman for Mary McNiven, and was first played for her in 1935 at the Old Highlanders Institute in Glasgow. The next year, an English version was written by High S. Robertson.  Read both versions here, including a literal translation of the Gaelic.

Mairi's Wedding danced at Portadown 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

THE WHITE COCKADE R8x32 3C (4C set)    Preston RSCDS Bk 5
1- 8        1s+2s+3s set & cross RH, set & cross back RH
9-16       1s lead down the middle for 4 bars & back to top
17-24     1s cast to 2nd place on own sides & circle 4H round to the left with 3s
25-32     2s+1s dance R&L

Dance Information

Portrait of Charles Edward Stewart
("Bonnie Prince Charlie")
wearing a white cockade.  

A cockade is a knot of pleated ribbon, usually circular, that was worn to adorn hats in the 18th century, and was used to identify one's political allegiance.  White cockades were worn to show allegiance to the Jacobite dynasty, the Stewarts.  With no formal uniform, the cockade became the way of identifying Jacobite troops.

The White Cockade is also a song written by Robert Burns in 1790.  Read the lyrics here.

The White Cockade danced by St.Andrews Society of West Australia on You Tube.

MY JO S8x32 2C (4C set)    R Goldring 15 Social dances
1- 8        1L+2M advance for 1 step, turn individually to right,
               cast round 2L/1M & turn RH 1¼ times
               to end in each others place
9-16       1M+2L repeat bars 1- 8 but turn to left & turn LH
17-24     2s+1s set, advance passing partner RSh
               & turn individually to right to face each other,
               continue turn & dance out to own side, 2s+1s set
25-32     2s+1s dance Diamond Poussette right round

John Anderson, My Jo, by Robert Burns, 1789

BAULDY BAIN'S FIDDLE R8x32 3C (4C set)    J Dickson Lothian Coll
1- 8         1s turn by the right and cast one place;
               1s turn by left 1½ times, finishing facing out on opposite sides
               (in 2nd place);
9-16       1s cast to the left, and chase anti-clockwise halfway round the outside
               while 2s and 3s right hands across, finishing on the side lines;
               2s and 3s chase clockwise halfway round the outside
               while 1s turn by the left 1¼ to face first corner positions
               (1M facing 2M, 1L facing 3L);
17-24     1s ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corner positions; pass right shoulder,
               1s ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corner positions,
               finishing by passing right shoulder to 2nd place on own sides;
25-32     2s, 1s, and 3s circle 6 hands round and back.

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