Monday, April 30, 2012

Lesson from April 30th - Ball Prep

New Figures: Inverted Triangles, Reel of Four, Set and Link for 3, Diagonal Rights and Lefts

Dances on Ann Arbor Ball: The Nurseryman, Burns Bicentenary Strathspey, Gang the Same Gate, The Irish Rover

THE NURSERYMAN (J8x32) 3C (4C set) S Brown RSCDS Bk 37
1‐8         1s set, cross down below the 2s, cast behind 3s, and
              dance up to 2nd place in the center back to back, facing opposite sides.
9‐16       2nd, 1st, and 3rd couples set as in double triangles.
              Dropping hands, all three couples set advancing and turn about.
              Set again in inverted triangles, and all three couples set advancing.
17‐24     1st couple dances right hands across on opposite sides,
              pass right to dance left hands across on own sides,
              ending 1M between the 3s, 1L between the 2s
              in lines of three facing up and down.
25‐32     All advance and retire. 1st couple turn right 11/4 to 2nd place.

J Drewry Bankhead Bk 6
3s & 4s begin on opp sides
1- 8        1s+2s also 3s+4s circle 4H to left & Set+Link on sides
9-16       All dance RSh reel of 4 on sides
17-24     1M+4L & 4M+1L dance Ladies Chain (end facing in prom hold)
25-32     1M+4L & 4M+1L Promenade across (Men passing LSh),
              4s dance up between 2s & cast to 2nd places
              while 1s dance down & cast to 3rd places

GANG THE SAME GATE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) M Levy RSCDS Bk 36
1- 8        1s cross RH & cast down to 3rd place,
               cross RH & cast up to 2nd place on own sides
9-16       1s set adv to ptnr & turn 1st crnr 2H, face 2nd crnr & dance 1/2 reel of 4
              ending 1M in the center of a line of 3 across (all men) facing down &
              1L in the center of a line of 3 across (all ladies) facing up
17-24     1s set adv to partner & turn partners 2nd corner pstn 2H,
              face own 1st crnr pstns &
              dance 1/2 reel with crnrs end in 2nd place opp sides
25-32     3s+1s+2s Set+Link for 3, twice

Dance Information:
The title may be a play on words of a more common Scots expression, 'gang the same gait', meaning "go the same way" in both the literal and figurative senses.

THE IRISH ROVER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) J Cosh 22 SCDs+1 & 2
1- 4        1s dance down below 3s & cast up to 2nd place own sides
5- 8        1L dances RH across with 2s while 1M dances RH across with 3s
9-16       1s dance 1/2 diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners then
              1/2 reel with 2nd corners &
              1/2 turn LH in centre to face 1st corners
17-24     1s dance reels of 3 across giving LSh to 1st corners
               ending in 2nd place own sides
25-32     1s dance diagonal R&L
              (1M crossing diagonally down & 1L crossing diagonally up to start)

Dance Information:
The signature tune for this dance, "The Irish Rover" is an Irish folk song about the fate of a massive, mythical sailing ship, a story told with great exaggeration by its only remaining crew member.

The Pogues and The Dubliners performing "The Irish Rover" on YouTube.

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