Monday, May 21, 2012

Lesson Plan for May 21st - Beginner Class

ALICE'S REQUEST (J8x32) 2C (4C set) R Goldring G & S Dances 2
1- 8        1s+2s circle 4H round & back
9-16       1s fig of 8 round 2s
17-24     1L+2M turn RH, 1M+2L turn RH
25-32     1s lead down the middle & up to 2nd place

THE HONEYMOON (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Bk of Graded SCDs
1- 8        1s cast to bottom, turning outwards dance back to places
9-16       1s+2s dance RH across & LH back
17-24     1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross LH & cast down round 3s
               & lead up to 2nd place own sides
25-32     2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

THE FIRESIDE STRATHSPEY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) D Haynes Carnforth Coll 3
1- 8        1s+2s dance Tournee
9-16       1s dance RH across (1L with 2s & 1M with 3s),
              1s turn LH 1.1/2 times to face 3rd corner pstn
               while 2s+3s chase clockwise 1/2 way
17-24     1s dance 1/2 reel of 4 with 3rd corners, turn LH &
               dance 1/2 reel with 4th corners & end 2nd place own sides
25-32     2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

THE MOUNTAIN STREAM (R8x32) 2C (4C set) R Goldring G & S Dances 3
1-8         1L & 2M set twice; turn RH to places.
9-16       1M & 2L set twice; turn LH to places (1M facing out).
7 - 24     1M followed by 1L casts behind 2M & crosses up between 2s,
               casts behind 2L & crosses to 2nd place own side.
               2s step up bars 23-24.
25-32      2s & 1s dance RH across & LH across.

LADY CATHERINE BRUCE'S REEL (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Bk of Graded SCDs
1- 8        1s lead down the middle & back to top
9-16       1s+2s dance Allemande
17-24     1s dance full fig of 8 round 2s
25-32     2s+1s circle 4H round & back

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lesson Plan for May 14th

Time to put some of the things we have learned to good use!  Tonight's program is just for fun.

GAELFORCE WIND (J8x32) 3C (4C set) D Haynes Carnforth Coll 3
1- 8       1s set, cross RH, 1s+2s Set+Link (Ladies stay facing out)
9-16      2s+1s Mens Chain
17-24    1s 1/2 figs of 8 (L round 2s & M round 3s), 2s+1s+3s turn RH & open into
25-32    2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

SWISS LASSIE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) R Betsche RSCDS 39
1- 8        1s dance in & cast to 3rd place, 2s+1s turn partners RH 1.1/4 times
               to form a line up & down middle of set (Men facing down Ladies up)
9-16       2s+1s dance reel of 4 up & down middle of set
              ending with 2M facing Ladies side & 1L facing Mens side
17-24     2s+1s chase round clockwise 1/2 way, 1s+3s+2s Advance+Retire
25-32     3s+2s 1/2 turn partners RH, dance RH across 1/2 way,
              1s+2s 1/2 turn partners RH & dance RH across 1/2 way

ADIEU MON AMI (S8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 24
1- 8       1s+2s set on sides, turn 2H,
              set to partners & turn 2H into Allemande hold
9-16      1s+2s Allemande 1s end facing 1st corners
17-24    1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting, into centre facing partner,
             clap & petronella turn to 2nd place
25-32    2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

FRAE NEAR & FAR (R8x32) 3C (4C Set) E Ramwell Kirkbrae Coll 2
1- 8       1s cross RH & cast 1 place, dance 1/2 fig of 8 round couple to right
              (1M round 2s & 1L round 3s) & end facing 1st corners
9-16      1s dance 1/2 reel of 4 with 1st corners & 1/2 reel with 2nd corners
              ending 2nd place opposite sides
17-24    3s+1s+2s Set+Link for 3 & turn opposite person (up/down) RH
25-32    3s+1s+2s Set+Link for 3 & turn partner RH

WHITEADDER JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) M Johnstone Whiteadder Coll
1- 8       1s+2s Set+Link & dance RH across once round
9-16      1s set & dance 1/2 LSh reel of 3 across (Lady with 2s & Man with 3s) into
             1/2 reels on the sides (1s end 2nd place opposite sides)
17-24    2s+1s+3s Set+Link for 3 & turn opposite person (up/down) RH
25-32    2s+1s+3s Set+Link for 3 & turn partners RH

Dance Information:

Image of the Whiteadder Water from the Whiteadder Angling Association

Whiteadder Jig was written by internationally beloved SCD pianist, Muriel Johnstone.  Muriel is a native of Ardrossan, North Aryshire, Scotland, and now lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society recognized her service to Scottish Country dancing and music by awarding her the Society’s Scroll of Honour in 2002. (source)

The dance takes its name from a river named the Whiteadder Water, which joins the Tweed in Berwickshire, ending there just short of Berwick-upon-Tweed and the North Sea.  Other dances in the collection are named for various aspects of the environs where the Blackadder Water joins the Whiteadder, near Allentown, which was once part of the Blackadder Estate and was famous for tailoring at the beginning of the 20th century. (source)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lesson from May 7th - Ball Prep

New Figures: 1/2 Turn & Twirl, Tournee

Dances on Ann Arbor Ball: Luckenbooth Brooch, Irish Rover, Argyll Strathspey, Best Set in the Hall, Asilomar Romantic, Da Rain Dancin'

J Dickson Glendarroch SD Sheets
1‐8          1s in reverse promenade hold, dance a right shoulder reel of three
               with the 2s. (2s finish in 1st place).
9‐16        1s in reverse promenade hold, dance a right shoulder reel of three
               with the 3s. 1s end facing the men’s side in second place.
17‐24      1s dance out the men’s side, cast away from partner, meet and
               dance out the ladies side, and cast away from partner to end
               1M between the 2s, 1L between the 3s
               while 2s & 3s dance rights and lefts.
25‐32      In lines of three, set twice. 1s turn right 1 3/4 to 2nd place
               (or into reverse promenade hold, ready to begin again)

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)

ARGYLL STRATHSPEY   S8x32   3C (4C set)                  R Goldring RSCDS 35
 1- 8      1s+2s+3s ½ turn RH, twirl & dance out to opposite sides
             & repeat back to place
 9-16     1s+2s+3s circle 6H round & back
             (1s end in centre facing down & 3s in centre facing up)
17-24    1s+3s dance R&L (up & down) & end back on own sides
25-32    1s+2s dance the Tournee

              1s+2s dance into prom hold
              (Men passing each other left shoulder,
              1s face Men's side & 2s face Ladies' side)
              1s+2s wheel anti-clockwise ½ way,
              Men turn Ladies into middle, ending with all facing opposite sides,
              1s at the bottom retain bottom (left) hand &
              2s at the top retain top (right) hand.
              Barn door turns 1½ times out to place, 1s LH & 2s RH

1‐8        1s set, 1L followed by partner cast off below 3s.
             1L dances across and up behind 3M
             while 1M dances up the middle to face 1st corners.
9‐16      1s set to 1st corners.
             Corners dance into the middle and turn to face their original position
             while 1s cast over their right shoulder into partner’s 1st corner’s place.
             Set to partner’s 1st corner.
             1s dance into the middle and turn about to face 2nd corners
             while 1st corners cast over their right shoulder
             into the other 1st corner’s place.
17‐24   1s repeat bars 9‐16 with second corners,
             ending in second place on opposite sides.
25‐32   All chase clockwise halfway around and turn by the right.

"Best Set in the Hall" on YouTube

ASILOMAR ROMANTIC (S8x32) 3C (4C set) 
T Cuthbertson San Fransisco Coll 2
1- 8      1s+3s dance double fig of 8 around 2s, 1s crossing down to start
9-16     1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette right round
17-24   1s dance in & down between 2s (2s step up), set to each other &
             dance out the ends, casting RSh round 4th corner to face own 1st corner
25-32   1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting, end in centre facing partner &
             petronella turn to 2nd place

DA RAIN DANCIN’   R8x32 3C (4C set)                           Whiteadder Coll
 1- 8      1s dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place own side,
              2s+1s+3s set and cross RH
 9-16     1s dance up round 2s and cast off to 2nd place opposite sides,
              2s+1s+3s set, 1s turn LH to face 1st corners while 2s and 3s cross LH
17-24    1s dance interrupted hello-good-bye setting:
              1s set right to 1st corners and move left to face partner,
              ¾ turn RH to face 2nd corners,
              set to right and move left to face partner,
              ¾ turn RH to end 2nd place own side.
25-32    2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back