Monday, February 18, 2013

Dances from Feb. 11

LOCHABER (J4x32) 4C Set J Kelly Let's All Dance
1- 8            1s+2s dance RH across & LH back to places
9 - 16         1s cross RH, cast to 2nd place & turn RH
17 - 24       2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back
25- 32        1s cross LH, cast to bottom & 1s turn LH to own sides

THE AUSTRALIAN LADIES (1) (R8x32) 3C {4C set} 
R M Campbell Glasgow Assembly
1- 8        1s cross, cast down to 3rd place & 3s+1s dance RH across
9-16       1s lead up to top, cross, cast to 2nd place & 2s+1s dance LH across
17-24     2s & 3s set & cross RH as 1s cross RH & cast to right,
              2s+3s set on sides & change places RH
               as 1s cross up/down centre & cast to right
25-32     3s & 2s set & cross RH as 1s cross RH & cast to right,
               3s+2s set on sides & change places RH
               as 1s cross in centre & cast to places

SILVER TASSIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) J Drewry Bon Accord Book
1- 8        1s+2s+3s cross RH & set, cross back RH & set
9-16       1s & 3s double fig of 8 round 2s (3s casting)
17-24     1s followed by 2s+3s dance down,
              1s followed by 2s+3s (who part to let 1s thru) dance back to top
25-32     1s+2s dance the Rondel

LAMB SKINNET (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Thompson RSCDS 14
1- 8        1s set, cast 1 place & dance 1/2 fig of 8 round 2s
9-16       1s set, cast to 3rd place & dance 1/2 fig of 8 round 3s
17-24     1s lead up to top, set & cast to 2nd place
25-32     2s+1s dance R&L

Dance Information
One grizzly story -- per Scotland Through Her Country Dances, George S Emmerson, London 1967 -- about the meaning of the name of this dance is that there was a practice of using the skin of a dead lamb to deceive its mother into suckling a different lamb. This seems like a rather dubious practice, since one would expect the mother to smell the blood, etc. According to another post on The Session, the dance appears in Thompson’s Compleat Collection of Country Dances c.1770, as Lanquenet, or Lansquenet. This concurs with the notes of the Nottingham RSCDS branch, who report that, in Northumbria, “Lamb Skinnet” is a common name for the card game known in France as “Lansquenet”. It was played by D’Artagnan in Dumas’s novel Twenty Years After. The French name for this game is itself a corruption of the German "Landsknecht", meaning a German mercenary soldier.

TAP THE BARREL (R3x32) 3C set S Burridge Ness House II
1- 8        1L+3M change places RH, 1M +3L change places RH,
              2s cross RH & all 1/2 turn into Allemande hold
9-16       All dance Allemande
17-24     1s set & cast 1 place, 3s set & cast up 1 place
25-32     All circle 6H round & back

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