Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lesson Plan for March 12 - Beginner Class

New Figures: Set and Link, Petronella

Dance from Ann Arbor Ball: Corn Rigs

CORRYVRECKAN 1 (J8x32) 3C (4C set) M Frost Silver Thistle Coll
1- 8      1s+2s dance RH across, 1L followed by partner casts 1 place
             Lady crossing to opposite side
9-16     1s+3s dance LH across, 1L followed by partner casts down 1 place
             Lady crossing to own side
17-24   3s+1s Set+Link, 2s+1s Set+Link
25-32   1s+2s set & dance 1/2 RH across,
             2s+1s turn RH 1½ times as 3s turn once

Dance Information:
Image of Corryvreckan form Seafari Adventures

The Corryvreckan is the third largest whirlpool in the world, and is on the northern side of the Gulf or Strait of Corryvreckan, a narrow strait between the western Scottish islands of Jura and Scarba. Flood tides and inflow from the Firth of Lorne to the west can drive the waters in the narrow area to speeds up to 8.5 knots, creating whirlpools, standing waves and a variety of other surface effects when the flood tide meets seabed features including a deep hole and a rising pinnacle.

In Scottish mythology the hag goddess of winter, Cailleach Bheur, uses the gulf to wash her great plaid, and this ushers in the turn of the seasons from autumn to winter. As winter approaches, she uses the gulf as her washtub, and it is said the roar of the coming tempest can be heard from as far away as twenty miles, lasting for a period of three days. When she is finished with the washing, the cloth is pure white, and becomes the blanket of snow that covers the land. Another legend surrounds Norse king Breacan. In various stories, Breacan moored his boat near the whirlpool to impress a local princess, or fled his father across the gulf. In both stories Breacan was swept into the whirlpool, and his body dragged ashore later by his dog. Breacan may be named after the whirlpool, or its current name may be a Gaelic pun on his name.

PETRONELLA (R8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 1
1-16     1s petronella turn, set, repeat back to places
17-24   1s lead down the middle & back again
25-32   1s+2s dance Poussette

Petronella danced on YouTube by the Frankfurt SCD Club, showing both the dance as written, and with second couple joining in the first 16 bars.

MORNINGSIDE CLOCK (S6x32) 2C (4C set) R. Scodel
1-8        ½ RH across, petronella one place to right. Repeat
             (All are now progressed on opposite sides)
9-12      1s & 2s Set and link
             (All now unprogressed on opposite sides)
13-16    1s loop around their neighbor, 1L to the end, 1M to the middle of a line of four, facing up, set
             (The order from left to fight is now 1L, 2L, 1M, 2M)
17-20    Line of four advance up the hall; turn and dance back down
21-24    2L and 1M (in the center), half figure of eight around partners
             to pick up partners with nearer hands, woman on the right
25-28    Dance around the other couple right shoulder:
             1s dance up the set, wheel to face down and dance out to place;
             1s dance down and wheel to face up, dance to place
20-32    Circle left once round to the left

Dance Information:
Image from Edinurgh-Morningside neighborhood website.

This dance is written by our very own Ruth Scodel, and we are trying it out for the first time during class.  When she recently visited Edinburgh, she danced with the Morningside Club, and she wanted to write a dance in their honor.  The dance is named after the most prominent landmark in the Morningside neighborhood, the old station clock, from the now-closed passenger rail station.

CORN RIGS (R8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 4
1- 8       1s cast down own sides; turn inwards & cast back to top
9-16      1s dance full fig of 8 round 2s
17-24    1s lead down the middle & back
25-32    1s+2s dance Poussette

Dance Information:
In 1783, Robert Burns wrote lyrics to the tune Corn Rigs: "The Rigs O'Barley". Corn Rigs danced in Brisbane on YouTube.

Ceilidh Dance: the OXO Reel.

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