Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lesson Plan for March 5 - Beginner Class

New figures: Ladies Chain, Quicktime Poussette

KENDALL'S HORNPIPE (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Bk of Graded SCDs
1- 8           1s+2s dance R&L
9-16          1s lead down for 3, up for 3,
                  cross over & cast down to 2nd place
17-24         2s+1s dance Ladies Chain
25-32         2L+1M & 2M+1L Advance+Retire on the sides,
                  1s turn RH 1.1/2 times

LADY DUMFRIES (R8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 1
1- 8           1s+2s dance R&L
9-16          1s followed by 2s lead down to bottom & 2s lead back
17-24        2s+1s+3s set, cross RH, set & cross back RH
                 1s end in double triangle pstns
25-32        1s dance Double Triangles with 2s+3s

Dance Information:

Image of Dumfries House from Ayrshire Business Circle
Dumfries House, shown above, is the paladian country house built by the 5th Earl of Dumfries.  The market town and royal burgh of Dumfries was the county town of the former county of Dumfriesshire, now part of the council area Dumfries and Galloway, in the southwest of Scotland. Dumfries is nicknamed "Queen of the South". People from Dumfries are known colloquially as Doonhamers.

NEW ABBEY (S8x32) 2C (4C set) R Goldring G & S Dances 2
1- 8           1s dance in, cast to 2nd place & dance 1/2 fig of 8 round 2s
9-16          1s+2s dance Ladies Chain
17-24        2s+1s set to other partner on sides, to own partner,
                 1s dance 1/2 fig of 8 round 2s
25-32        2s+1s dance RH across & LH back

CLYDESIDE LASSIES 2 (R8x32) 2C (4C set) MMM 1
1- 8           1s+2s circle 4H round & back
9-16          1s lead down the middle & up
17-24        1s+2s dance Poussette
25-32        2s+1s dance R&L

Dance Information:
Map of Scotland showing the historic district of Clydesdale

Clydesdale is a portion of the Strathclyde (Clyde River Valley) region in Scotland, and an archaic name of the Scottish county of Lanarkshire. Bordering Lennox and Stirling in the north, Renfrew, Cunninghame, Kyle to the west, Annandale, Nithsdale in the south and Lothian and Tweeddale in the east. Divided into two wards, Nether and Upper, it had historically been a district of Scotland, the largest in Scotland and a Sheriffdom in its own right. Clydesdale horses are a breed of draught horse derived from the farm horses of this area.

BLUE BONNETS (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 3
1- 8           1L+2M Advance+Retire & dance BtoB
9-16          1M+2L Advance+Retire & dance BtoB
17-24        1s lead down the middle & back
25-32        1s+2s dance Poussette

Dance Information:

"Blue bonnet" refers to the traditional Scottish hat also known as the Tam o' Shanter: a brimless, bonnet cap, usually made of wool and with a toorie (pom-pom) in the centre, which was typically made in blue cloth until recent times.   This particular blue hat was so common that the term "blue bonnets" was also used to refer to Scottish people. The traditional ballad 'Blue Bonnets Over the Border' refers to Bonnie Prince Charlie's march into England in 1745, and is the tune used for this jig, as well as a Highland Dance called Blue Bonnets Over the Border. Read the lyrics and listen to the tune here.  Watch the dance as performed by the Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society on You Tube.  The tune is also used as an official regimental march of several military units, including the Black Watch and the Royal Highland Fusiliers.


Danced Ceilidh Dance: The Flying Scotsman

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