Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dances from July 23

THE FRISKY (J8x32) 3C (4C set) R Bremner RSCDS 26
1- 8        1s turn RH & cast 1 place, turn LH & cast down 1 place
9-16       2s+3s+1s circle 6H round & back
17-24     1s lead up to top & 1s+2s set twice
25-32     1s+2s dance 1/2 R&L, set & cross RH to own sides

THE MAIDS OF CURRIE (R8x32) 3C (4C set)
H&T Cruickshank SCDs for Children
1- 8        1s dance fig of 8 round 2s+3s (own sides) giving RSh to 2s
9-16       1s+2s Advance+Retire & dance RH across
17-24     1s followed by 2s lead down & 2s lead back followed by 1s,
              1s end facing 1st corners
25-32     1s turn 1st corners RH, partner LH,
               2nd corner RH & cross LH to 2nd place own sides

R Wallace San Andreas Coll
1- 8         1s and 2s cross passing RSh then circle left ½ way,
               1s dance Back to Back
9-16        1s turn partner RH and 1st corner LH,
               1s turn partner RH and 2nd corner LH
                to end 1M between 2s (facing 2M) and 1L between 3s (facing 3L)
17-24      1s dance Figs of 8 across (RSh to start)
                while 2s and 3s dance Back to Back twice (RSh then LSh)
25-32      1s set to 1st corner then turn partner RH,
                set to 2nd corner then turn RH to own sides

Dance Information:
Ron Wallace of Northern California wrote this strathspey for fellow dancer Chris Ronald.  One of our dancers discovered it at Pinewoods dance camp this summer when she danced with Chris.  Its unusual fun, flirty meanwhile figure is called a "push you pull me reel".

PELORUS JACK (J8x32) 3C (4C set) B Skelton RSCDS Bk 41
1- 8          1s cross RH, cast 1 place & dance RH across with 3s,
                1s end with Man facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16         1s dance (as 1 person) 1/2 reel of 3 with 1st corners
                 (1s switch lead as they turn corner
                 so that 1L leads out to face 1M 2nd crnr),
                 1/2 reel with 2nd corner
17-24       1s similarly dance 1/2 reel of 3 with Ladies 1st corner pstn
                 & 1/2 reel with Ladies 2nd corner pstn
25-32       1M followed by partner dance into LH across with 2s,
                1s retain LH & 1/2 turn to own sides, 2s+1s+3s set

SUGAR CANDIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS 26
1- 8          1s set & cast 1 place, cross passing LSh & cast round their 1st corner
                 into centre ending BtoB (Lady facing up, Man down)
9-16         1L circle left with 2s & 1M with 3s, turn to face partner & set,
                 3/4 turn partner 2H to end facing 1st corners
17-24       1s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH &
                 end facing 1st corners
25-32       1s dance Reel of 3 on opposite sides passing 1st corner LSh &
                 cross RH to 2nd place own sides

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dances from July 16

Last night, we danced  until we dropped. Nine dances in all!

DOMINO FIVE (R5x32) 5 person Sq.Set with 5th person in centre 
D Haynes Carnforth IV
1- 8         5+1+2 dance RH across, 5+3+4 dance LH across
9-16        5+1+3 dance RSh reel of 3 (5 & 1 pass RSh to start)
17-24      5+4+2 dance LSh reel of 3 (5 & 4pass LSh to start)
25-32      5 changes place with 1 (pass RSh), 1 change pl with 4,
               4 change pl with 3, 3s change pl with 2 & 2 becomes new 5

RORY O'MORE (J8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 1
1- 8        1s+2s Advance+Retire;
              1s+2s cross over Ladies dancing under arch made by Men,
              1s turn under 2s arms to 2nd place
9-16       2s+1s Advance+Retire;
              1s+2s cross Men dancing under Ladies arch,
              1s turn under 2s arms to original places
17-24     1s lead down the middle & back
25-32     1s+2s dance Poussette

MACDONALD OF THE ISLES (S3x32) 3C Set D Haynes Carnforth Coll 2
1- 8        2s dance full diagonal Reels of 4 with 1st corners,
              passing by the LSh to face 2nd corners
9-16       2s dance full diagonal Reel of 4 with 2nd corners
              to end in original places
17-24     Dance Progressive Chain (2 bars per hand): - 1s cross RH &
              1s change places LH on side with 2s
              1s change places RH with 3s while 2s cross over RH
              1s cross LH while 2s & 3s change places LH
25-32     3s+2s dance 1/2 R&L,
               3s dance 1/2 fig of 8 round end couples (3M up & 3L down)
               to end in 2nd place

1- 8        1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross LH & lead up to top
9-16       1s+2s circle 4H round & back
17-24     1s lead down the middle & back
25-32     1s+2s dance Poussette

FOLLOW ME HOME (J8x32) 3C (4C set) E Briscoe RSCDS Bk 38
1- 8         1s set & cross RH, cast 1 place & turn LH,
                ending taking hands in a diagonal line with 1st corners
9-16        1s Balance-in-Line with 1st crnrs, 3/4 turn corners &
               1s followed by corners chase clockwise to opposite corners
               (behind ptnrs 2nd corners) & dance in to 2nd corners
17-24      1s Balance-in-Line LH with 2nd corners, 3/4 turn corners &
               1s followed by corners chase anticlockwise (behind ptnrs 1st corners) &
                end in 2nd place on opposite sides
25-32       3s+1s+2s dance 1/2 reels of 3 on the sides
                1s giving LSh to 2nd corner position,
                2s, 1s & 3s set & cross RH

NEIDPATH CASTLE (S3x32) 3C set D Haynes RSCDS 22
1- 8         All set & turn partners 2H twice round & 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

FRIARS REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) J Rhodes Snowdon Bk
1- 8          1s cross RH & cast 1 place, cross LH & cast Lady up Man down
9-16         1s dance reels of 3 across Lady with 2s & Man with 3s
                1s end facing 1st corners
17-24       1s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH &
                 partner LH to end 2nd place own sides
25-32        2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

THE MINISTER ON THE LOCH (S3x32) 3C set R Goldring RSCDS 2008 
(Also published in 24 Graded & Social Dances)
1- 8         1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette right round
9-16        1s dance down for 2 steps, turn 2H, dance up to top & turn 2H
17-2        1s+3s dance double fig of 8 round 2s with 1s casting to start
25-32      1M+2M turn LH 1 1/2 times while 1L+2L turn RH 1 1/2 times,
               1M+3M turn RH 1 1/2 times while 1L+3L turn LH 1 1/2 times

FIDGET (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Button & Whittaker RSCDS 16
1- 8        1s facing 2s set & change places RH & repeat back to places LH
9-16       1s+2s+3s Promenade (1s+2s remain in centre of dance)
17-24     1s+2s dance Poussette (1s end in double triangle position)
25-32     2s+1s+3s dance Double Triangles

Monday, July 16, 2012

Saline Celtic Festival

Our workshop at the Saline Celtic Festival went well. We crammed three full audience participation sets onto the stage, and we hope to see some of those folks at class!

We also discovered Duncans Highland Supply out of Royal Oak, MI, who sells ghillie dances shoes along with their other merchandise. They're making an order from James Senior this week, and if you want something they don't normally stock, they're happy to get it for you.

Dances from July 2 and July 9

On the 2nd, it was so hot that we only practiced the dances we would be doing the Saline Celtic Festival:

KNIT THE POCKY (R8x32) 2C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 11
1- 8       1L+2M Advance+Retire, turn 2H (Skip Change of step)
9-16      1M+2L Advance+Retire, turn 2H
17-24    1s followed by 2s (who first dance up) lead down middle &
              2s lead back to 1st place followed by 1s who end in 2nd place
25-32     2s+1s dance R&L

IT'S NAE BOTHER (J8x32) 2C (4C set) D Haynes Carnforth Coll 4
1- 8       1s+2s set, Ladies dace across the set, passing partners RSh
              chase clockwise to own side to progressed place
9-16      1s+2s dance RH across & LH back
17-24    1s+2s set, Men dance across the set, passing opposite lady RSh
              chase clockwise to own sides to progressed place
25-32     2s+1s dance R&L

1- 8       1s cast & dance down behind own lines,
              turn outwards & dance back to top
9-16      1M+2L change places & set
              while 1L+2M set & change places RH
17-24    1s lead down for 2 steps, turn RH, lead up to top & cast to 2nd place
25-32    2s+1s set & turn partner 2H opening out to circle 4H round to left

On the 9th, we also danced:

THE MICHIGAN REEL (R4x32) 4C set J Trew Martello Tower & Other Dances
1- 8       All Advance+Retire & dance BtoB with partner
9-16      1s+2s also 3s+4s dance R&L
17-24    All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32    1s dance down to 4th place,
              others step up on bars 27-28 & all turn partner RH

LADY LUCY RAMSAY (S8x32) 3C (4C set) MMM 2
1- 8       1s+2s+3s circle 6H round & back
9-16      1s+2s+3s dance Grand Chain
17-24    1s lead down the middle & back to places
25-32    1s+2s dance 1/2 R&L & turn 2H 1.1/2 times to places