Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lesson Plan for February 27 - Beginner Class

New figures: Double Triangles, Balance-in-Line, Corners

Dances from the Ann Arbor Ball: Davy Nick Nack

THE WILD GEESE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 24
1- 8       1s+3s set advancing & Balance-in-Line, turn partners RH &
             1s cast to 3rd place while 3s lead up to 1st place
9-16      3s+1s dance in & Balance-in-Line, turn partners RH &
             3s cast to 3rd place while 1s lead up to 1st place
17-24    1s lead down & back to 2nd place
25-32    2s+1s dance R&L

DAVY NICK NACK (R8x32) 3C (4C set) 
R M Campbell Glasgow Assembly & Other SDs
1- 8        1s+2s+3s cross RH, set, cross back RH & set
9-16       1s turn RH 1.1/2 times, cast 1 place &
               turn LH once to face 1st corners
17-24     1s change places RH with corners & set,
              change places with corner person RH &
              turn partner LH to face 2nd corners
25-32     1s change places RH with corners & set,
              change places with corner person RH &
              cross LH with partner to places

THE MARQUIS OF LORNE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 2
1- 8        1s followed by 2s lead down the middle,
              2s followed by 1s lead up to end 2s in 1st place
9-16       2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back
17-24     2s+1s+3s dance Grand Chain
25-32     1s set twice, lead down between 3s divide &
              cast back to 2nd place own sides

ST ANDREW'S FLAG (R8x32) 3C (4C Set) S Gradon St Columban Bk
1- 8        1s+2s dance 4H round & back
9-16       1s cast below 3s & dance up into double triangle pstns
17-24     1s dance Double Triangles ending 2nd place own side
25-32     2s+1s dance R&L

Dance Information:

The flag of Scotland, otherwise known as the Saltire, features the cross of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland.  Tradition holds that St. Andrew, who was an apostle and the brother of St. Peter, was crucified on an X-shaped cross, which is why that has become his symbol.  How did he become patron saint of Scotland?  Relics of St. Andrew were brought to Scotland in the mid 8th century.  At that time, the Picts and Scots were at war with the Angles. The legend states that the king, Óengus II, was heavily outnumbered. While praying on the eve of battle, Óengus vowed that if granted victory he would appoint Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. On the morning of battle, white clouds formed an X shape in the sky, just like the cross on which St. Andrew was crucified. Óengus and his combined force, emboldened by this apparent divine intervention, took to the field, and despite inferior numbers, were victorious. Óengus honoured his pre-battle pledge and appointed Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. The cloud white saltire set against a celestial blue background is said to have been adopted as the design of the flag of Scotland on the basis of this legend.

REEL OF THE ROYAL SCOTS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) R Goldring SCD Leaflets
1- 8         1s 1/2 turn 2s on sides (1M RH & 1L LH) to face out,
               2s+1s+3s set, 1s 1/2 turn 3s on sides (1M LH & 1L RH)
               end 3s facing out & 2s+3s+1s set
9-16        1s followed by 3s dance up between 2s, cast down 1 place,
               dance in & 1s cast up to 2nd place 3s end in 3rd place
17-24      1s turn 1st corners RH, pass partner RSh turn 2nd corners RH
               & cross passing partner RSh to 2nd place own sides
25-32      2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

YouTube video of Reel of the Royal Scots.


We also danced two ceilidh dances: The Brittania Two Step and The Canadian Barn Dance.

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