Monday, June 25, 2012

Dances from June 18

THORNYCROFT (R8x32) 2C (4C set) R Goldring G & S Dances 2
1- 8         1M also 2L dance across passing partner by RSh & cast 1 place,
               1M+2L turn RH back to places
9-16        1L+2M repeat passing partner LSh & turning LH
17-24      1s slip step down the middle & back
25-32      1s+2s dance Poussette

THE ABBOT OF UNREASON (J8x32) 3C (4C set) M Levy Tin Woodman
1- 8         1s dance down, 1L dances under 1M arm as he dances below &
               dance up to 2nd place BtoB in the middle facing opposite sides
9-16        1s set (as in Double Triangles), turn 1st corner RH,
                set again in Double Triangles & turn 2nd corners LH
17-24      1s reel of 3 on the sides giving RSh to 1st corners &
                cross to 2nd place own sides
25-32      1s set 1 (PdB on R foot), circle 6H round to left,
                1 set (PdB on L foot) & circle 6H round to right

NEIDPATH CASTLE (S3x32) 3C set D Haynes RSCDS 22
1- 8         All set & turn partners 2H twice & set again
9-16        All dance Grand Chain
17-24      1s lead down between 2s, cast behind 3s,
               dance up between 3s, cast up behind 2s
               1s+2s end ready for a 1/2 Diamond Poussette
25-32      1s+2s dance 1/2 Diamond Poussette,
                1s+3s dance 1/2 Diamond Poussette
                1s ending in 3rd place

Dance Information:

Neidpath Castle
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Neidpath Castle overlooks the River Tweed about a mile west of Peebles in the Borders of Scotland. An early castle was probably founded there by Sir Gilbert Fraser in about 1190. His grandson, Sir Simon the Second was executed alongside Sir William Wallace in 1307, after which the barony of Neidpath passed to the Hay family. Sir William de Haya, Sheriff of Peebles, built the present castle in the late 14th century. It was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1563, and by her son James VI in 1587. During Oliver Cromwell's invasion of Scotland in 1650, Neidpath was attacked, and the damage to the 13th-century tower was never fully repaired.  Sir Walter Scott and Thomas Campbell both wrote verse about the sorrowful "Maid of Neidpath“, believed to be Lady Jean Douglas haunting the castle. William Wordsworth also wrote a sonnet about The Fourth Duke, William Douglas's treatment of the castle. Today, it is owned by the Earl of Wemyss, and some of the scenes in films The Bruce, Merlin and Joan of Arc were shot there.

FATTED CALF (J6x32) 2C 3C set
1-4         1s and 2s set on the side
               1s cross and 2s cast up
5-20       1s and 2s set and petronella to the next place around, 4 times
21-24     1s and 2s set on the side
               1s cross up and 2sc cast down, into the middle
25-32     1s and 2s pousette.

CATCH THE WIND (R8x32) 3C (4C set) R Butterfield RSCDS Bk 45
1- 8        1s set, cast 1 place & dance 1/2 fig of 8 round 2s
9-16       1s set twice with 1L turning to face out,
               1L followed by partner casts up & dances down the middle
               1L to face 3M while 1M faces 2M
17-24     1s RSh reels of 3 across (1M with 2s & 1L with 3s)
25-32     1L followed by partner dances down, cast up round 3M &
                crosses to end in 2nd place on own sides, 1s turn RH

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