Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lesson Plan for Oct. 8

Figures Taught: Ladies Chain, "Teapots"

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

THE WHITE COCKADE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Preston RSCDS Bk 5
1- 8          1s+2s+3s set & cross RH, set & cross back RH
9-16         1s lead down the middle for 4 bars & back to top
17-24       1s cast to 2nd place on own sides & circle 4H round to the left with 3s
25-32       2s+1s dance R&L

A MAN'S A MAN FOR A' THAT (S8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Bk 30
1- 8          1s+2s set twice & dance RH across to places
9-16         1s lead down, 1/2 turn RH & lead up to face 2s
                 (1s BtoB in centre facing 2s who have stepped up),
                 set & 1s face 1st corners
17-24       1s turn 1st corner RH, turn partner LH, turn 2nd corner RH &
                 cross LH to 2nd place own sides
25-32       2s+1s+3s dance Grand Chain

Dance Information:

A Man's A Man For A' That, Robert Burns 1795:

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that.
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man's a Man for a' that:
For a' that, and a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that;
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that:
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that:
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
But an honest man's abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that;
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that.

THE DOVE COT CHASE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) J Hellinghuizer
1- 8          1s+2s+3s circle 6H round & back
9-16         1s set, cast 1 place while 2s set & lead up, 2s & 1s repeat
17-24       1s followed by 2s & 3s cast 2 places & lead up to places
25-32       1s+2s dance Allemande

A Anderson F Lesslie RSCDS Bk 39
1- 8          1s+2s+3s Advance+Retire & turn partners 2H with skip-change
9-16         1s cast, lead down between 3s, cast up behind 3s, lead up between 2s
                 & cast back to 2nd place
17-24       1s dance RH across Lady with 2s & Man with 3s, pass RSh &
                 dance LH across with other couple to end facing 1st corners
25-32       1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner to own sides 2nd place
33-40       2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

Dance Information:
Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh on their wedding day
Image via Martin Frost

When Prince Phillip married then-Princess Elizabeth, he renounced his titles as a prince of Greece and Denmark, and he was created Duke of Edinburgh, a title that had previously been used by grandsons and second sons of the kings and queens of England.  Until Elizabeth's coronation in 1952, the couple were known as the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

During the Victorian era, Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote A Welcome to the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh for then Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Alfred and his bride Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, on the occasion of their wedding.

Note: The two-hand turns in this dance are Edinburgh turns.  Normally, when turns with two hands in quick time are danced with pas-de-basque, but in this case, they are danced with skip-change-of-step.

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