May 19, 2014

Lagavulin 5x32 S

LAGAVULIN
32-bar Strathspey for 5 couples in a 5-couple set

1-8    1s & 2s and 3s & 4s espagnole:
    1s+2s (& 3s+4s) cross (Women lead across RH passing between Men) with Women changing places RH
    1s+2s (& 3s+4s) cross back (Men lead across RH between Women) with Men changing places RH
    2s & 4s turn RH once round while 1s & 3s turn LH once round
1s and 3s end facing 1st corners

9-16     1s & 3s turn 1st corners RH, partner LH, 2nd corners RH, partners LH; 1s & 3s end facing 1st corners

17- 24     Diagonal reels of 4 with 1st corners,1s & 3s giving R shoulder to 1st corners to start, 1s & 3s take LH at end of reel ready for ...

25-32     1s turn LH and cast to 3rd place opposite side, dance ½ figure of 8 up through 4s
while 3s turn LH and cast to 5th place opposite side, dance ½ figure of 8 up through 5s,
(4s and 5s step up on bar 27/28 so that they get lots of time to remember how to dance the espagnole) ending 24153

Suggested Music: "Roy's Threescore and Ten" as on Colin Dewar's Special Requests Vol 5 : Hamilton Welcome.

Devised by Gordon Scott (gordon.scott [at] btinternet.com). The name of Lagavulin is an anglicization of the Gaelic "lag a'mhuilin", meaning "hollow by the mill", and is also the name of a well-known single malt whisky.

May 10, 2014

Janice 3x32 S

JANICE

32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 3-couple set

1-8    All 3 couples dance the petronella figure (petronella turn and set, repeat) to partner's side.

9-16    1C dance in slightly and cast to 2nd place, cross down between 3C, giving LH briefly, and cast up to 2nd place on own sides. 2C step up on bars 3-4 of the phrase.

17-20    1C and dancers in 1st corner positions advance one step and retire on the diagonal; repeat with 2nd corners

21-24    All 3 couples dance back-to-back

25-32    Diagonal rights and lefts (i.e. half R & L with 1st corners, then half R & L with 2nd corners)

Music: No designated tune as of yet. Any good Strathspey in the traditional style (i.e. not an air).

Devised in June 2013 by Lara Friedman-Shedlov (lfriedmanshedlov [at] gmail.com) for Janice Lacock, now of Madison, Wisconsin. However, the dance did not actually debut until May 2014, when it was taught to members of the Oslo Scottish Country Dance Group, with whom Janice used to dance.


April 29, 2014

The Battle of Trafalgar 6x40 H

THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
6x40 bar Hornpipe for 6 couples in two, side-by-side 3-couple sets.

The dancers are arranged as two, side by side, 3 couple sets, i.e. 4M, 5M and 6M are back to back with 1L 2L and 3L. The first set, couples 1, 2 and 3 represents the English fleet, the second set with couples 4, 5 and 6 represents the French and Spanish fleet.

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1-8     1C, 2C and 3C dance Inveran Reels. (All dance reels of 3 up and down the set, 1C cross down to opposite sides on bar 1 and cross up, back to own sides on bar 5.)

while 4C 5C and 6C dance similarly. All finish in original places

9-12     1C, 2C and 3C set to partners and turn half way giving right hands, finishing with ladies behind partners, all facing across to second set.

while 4C 5C and 6C stand.

13-16     1M dances across to second set, passing 4M right shoulder and dancing clockwise around 4L to finish facing her

while 1L follows and dances clockwise all the way around 4M who turns around to face 1L, 4M is back to back with 1M.

while 2C and 3C dance similarly around 5C and 6C

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17-20     All set and turn once round with the right hand.

21-24     4L, 1M, 4M and 1L dance half a reel of 4 across the set. On bars 23-24, 1M and 4M should pass right shoulder, NOT left, and on bar 24 1L and 4L should start to come in again from the sidelines to end right shoulder to right shoulder with 4M and 1M respectively.

while 2C with 5C and 3C with 6C dance similarly.

BofT Fig 3.png25-26     4C with 1C dance half right hands across

while 2C with 5C and 3C with 6C dance similarly.

27-28     1C, retaining right hands, turn right hand half way to 4C's original place in set 2

while 4M, followed by 4L dances across to 1C's original place in set 1

while 2C with 5C and 3C with 6C dance similarly.

29-32     1C, 2C and 3C, in set 2, set to partners. 1C and 2C cast off one place, 3C, with right hands, lead up two places to the top of the set, All finish in promenade hold facing down the set, ladies on partner's left, in the order 3 1 2

while 4C, 5C and 6C in set 1, turn partner with right hand once round in 4 bars to finish in promenade hold facing up the set in the order 4 5 6.

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33-40     All, with promenade hold, chase clockwise once round the set, 2C and 4C leading and following 6C and 3C respectively, to end 4 5 6 in the first set and 3 1 2 in the second set.

Repeat from new positions. Progression for 1st couple is: 1 5 2 6 3 4

Music: Admiral Nelson. (I edited a 4x64 Hornpipe recording to 6x40).

Devised by Keith Rose (keith [at] krose.plus.com) for a Scottish Dancing holiday to Conil de la Frontera on the Costa de la Luz, Spain which is about 8 miles from Cape Trafalgar. The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on 21 October 1805 when Admiral Nelson attacked the larger combined French and Spanish fleets using a new strategy of attacking perpendicularly to the line of enemy ships.

Bars 1-8 depict preparation for the battle and revue of the fleets.
9-16: The attack.
17-24: Fighting at close quarters.
25-32: End of the battle, chasing the vanquished and victory celebrations.
33-40: Return to port.


April 1, 2014

The Road to Scurdie Ness 4x40 R

THE ROAD TO SCURDIE NESS
40-bar reel for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

1 - 8    1s + 2s and 3s + 4s dance RH across and chase clockwise half way.

9 - 16    4s + 3s and 2s + 1s dance R+L (retain LH to lead into reels)

17 -24    All dance left shoulder reels of 4 on the side.

25 - 32    4s + 3s and 2s + 1s dance LH across and chase anti-clockwise back to places.

33 - 34    1s + 2s dance LH across half way

35 - 36    1s + 3s dance RH across half way

37 - 38    1s + 4s dance LH across half way

39 - 40    All cross RH. (retain RH to move into RH across)

Composed by R Harcus (bobharcus [at] btinternet.com) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the East Angus Branch of RSCDS on 30th November 2013. Some features of the route out through Ferryden to Scurdie Ness and around the base of the lighthouse might be recognised.

October 24, 2013

Swirling Leaves 8x32 J

SWIRLING LEAVES

32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1st couple set, cross giving right hand, cast to second place on opposite sides, turn by left hand to face 1st corners. 2nd couple stepping up on bars 3 and 4.

9-12     1st couple dance corners pass and cast with their first corner.

13-16    1st couple dance corners pass and cast with their second corner finishing in order 3x, 1x, 2x.

17-20     1st couple dance a right shoulder half reel of three across the dance, 1st man with the 2nd couple below, 1st woman with the 3rd couple above, finishing with all dancers on their own side of the dance in order 3, 1, 2.

21-24     1st couple dance a left shoulder half reel of three on their own side finishing in order 2, 1, 3.

25-32     Dance 6 hands around and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

NOTE: Corner Pass and Cast is a variation of the standard corner pass and turn.

BAR
1     Corners dance in, passing 1st man or 1st woman by the right shoulder. At the same time, 1st couple dance out towards their corner position.

2     Corners turn each other half way with the right hand to finish facing each other. At the same time, 1st couple curve round by the right through their corner position to face in.

3     Corners pull back right shoulder to begin casting into their opposite corner place, passing 1st man or 1st woman by the right, as 1st couple dance into the middle.

4    Corners curve round by the right into place. At the same time, 1st couple pass by the right to face their second corner.

UPDATED: 20 November 2013

Devised October 2012, by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

It's My Pleasure 8x32 J

IT'S MY PLEASURE

32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1st couple lead (right hands joined) down the middle for three and back to 1st place for three. On bars 7 and 8, 1st couple cast into second place while 2nd couple steps up.

9-16     2nd, 1st, and 3rd couples dance an 8 bar mirror reel on their own side of the dance. 1st couple begins by dancing in and down, 3rd couple out and up, 2nd couple out and down.

17-20     1st couple dances a half figure 8 around their second corner, giving right shoulder to begin and ending in 2nd place on opposite sides.

21-24     1st couple turn partner by the right hand 1 and a half times to 2nd place on their own side.

25-32     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance 6 hands round and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised October 2013, by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

Recommended Tune: I really like "The Pleasures of the Night". Lead tune in the three versions of "C'est l'Amour" that I have.

Turn, Turn, Turn 3x32 S

TURN, TURN, TURN

A 32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 3-couple set


1-4     1st man cast off one place and turn 2nd lady once around with both hands, 2nd man stepping up on bars 1 and 2.

5-8     1st lady turn 2nd man once around with both hands and cast off one place, 2nd lady stepping up on bars 7 and 8

9-16     1st and 2nd couples set to and turn partner once around with both hands in 2 bars, opening to dance four hand around to the left.

17-20     1st couple set advancing to first corners and turn first corner with both hands finishing with 1st man between 3rd couple facing up and 1st lady between 2nd couple facing down.

21-24     1st couple set advancing to second corners, passing partner by the left shoulder, and turn second corner with both hands finishing with 1st man in 2nd lady's place facing down and 1st lady in 2nd man's place facing up.

25-32     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance 6 bar left shoulder reel of three with 1st couple crossing to the bottom on their own side giving left hand, 3rd couple finishing in 2nd place.

Devised October 2012, by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

NOTES: I will leave the choice of music up to you, but I like the Music Makars "Beauty of the North" from their CD "Jig for Joy".

August 15, 2013

Agnes Blackadder Fire Alarm 8x32 R+S Medley

THE AGNES BLACKADDER FIRE ALARM

16-bar reel + 16-bar Strathspey medley for 2 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

Everyone starts on the first repetition (not just the first 2 couples).

Reel:
1-8    1st and 2nd couple lead down the middle and up.
9-16    Poussette (no hands).

Strathspey:
17-24    Diamond poussette.
25-32    Rights and lefts.

Devised by Truus de Ceuster ( tbestellingen [at] outlook.com ) after a 2am fire alarm at St. Andrews Summer School in August 2013.
The first 8 bars show how all guests rapidly leave the building. The poussette without hands in reeltime represents that people are excited, and agitatedly talk to each other. Then everything slows down, and one wonders when will anything happen. Finally, the Rights and Lefts suggest people are returning to their bedrooms. We presented it with a bunch of dancers, partly in pyjamas, at Summer School's Friday night Ceilidh.

May 5, 2013

Who Am I? 8x40 R

WHO AM I?

40-bar reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

1-8     1s, 2s & 3s dance Mirror Crossover Reels of Three, 1s dancing out and down through second position opposite side to begin and finish in partner's original place

9-16     1s & 2s dance Ladies' Chain BUT 1M and 2M are dancing the ladies' role, turning by the RH, etc. with 1 and 2L stepping down/up on the sidelines

17-24     1s, 2s & 3s dance Mirror Crossover Reels of Three but this time it is 2s (not 1s)who begin the reel by crossing down below 3s and casting up into the reel and finishing in partner's original place.

25-32     2s & 3s dance Men's Chain BUT 2L and 3L are dancing the men's role, turning by the LH etc. with 2M and 3M stepping down/up on the sidelines.

33-40     1s and 2s set. 1s & 2s dance RH Across Halfway. Retaining RH with partner, 1s and 2s turn once round to finish 2134

Devised by Bob Davidson (piobbeag [at] aol.com), who says, "Having recently done a dance which had the ladies dancing the men's role in a Men's Chain, I thought it only fair that the men would have their turn."

UPDATE 25 July 2013: Clarifications to bars 1-8 and 17-24, and a change to bars 33-40.

February 4, 2013

Minister on the Mississippi 8x32 S

THE MINISTER ON THE MISSISSIPPI
or THE REVEREND ALAN GRANT

32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

1-4     1C lead down for 4 bars. 2C step up on bars 3-4.

5-8     1C lead up for 2 bars to just above 3C, and turn RH once around to finish in promenade hold facing up.

9-16     1C in promenade hold dance a reel of 3 across with 3C, passing 3M by LS to begin. 1C end in 2nd place, still in the middle of the dance and 3C finish by curving in behind 1C to take promenade hold. 2C dance in on bar 16 to take promenade hold.

17-24     2C, 1C and 3C allemande. On the last 2 bars, instead of retiring, 1C petronella turn to finish woman between 3C (at the top) facing down, man between 2C (at the bottom) facing up.

25-30     3C with 1W and 2C with 1M take hands and set in lines of 3 across. All advance (1 bar) and retire (1 bar), and change places RH with opposite person.

31-32     1C petronella turn to 2nd place on own sides.

Tune: "Glengrant" by J. S. Skinner

Devised December 2012 by Lara Friedman~Shedlov (lfriedmanshedlov [at] gmail.com) in memory of RSCDS Twin Cities Branch member Alan Grant, who passed away on October 29. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Alan spent most of his adult life in Minneapolis and many years living along the shores of the Mississippi.

UPDATE 6 Feb 2013: Moved instructions for bars 31-32 to a separate line to make it more clear that only 1C are dancing the last 2 bars. Slight wording change to bars 25-30 to help clarify that crossing on bars 29-30 is up and down the set.

January 11, 2013

Outside the Box 4x32 J

OUTSIDE THE BOX

32 bar Jig for 4 couples in a 4 couple longwise set 2nd and 4th couples begin on opposite sides

1- 4    All four couples dance set and link in tandem. Danced as follows:
    1-2     All, joining hands on the sidelines, set.
    3-4     1st woman and 2nd man cast pulling back right shoulders to 3rd and 4th places; 3rd man and 4th woman cast pulling back right shoulders to 1st and 2nd places; 1st man and 2nd woman dance forwards into 3rd and 4th place; 3rd woman and 4th man dance forwards into 1st and 2nd places. Those dancing forwards curve round right shoulder back to face in.

outsidebox.JPG5-8    1st and 4th (middle) couples dance right hands across just under once round finishing in the middle with 4th woman ,with 1st man behind her facing 3rd man (in 1st man's place) and 1st woman, with 4th man behind her facing 2nd man (in 4th woman's place) - See figure.

9-12     4th woman with 1st man and 1st woman with 4th man, dance a ½ diagonal tandem reel of four with 2nd and 3rd men (i.e. dancing couples swap over the lead of the reel on bar 2 of the reel), on bar 12 1st and 4th couples ½ turn partner left hand to finish 4th woman with 1st man behind her facing up and 1st
woman with 4th man behind her facing down

13-16     4th woman with 1st man and 1st woman with 4th man dance a ½ diagonal tandem reel of four with 2nd and 3rd women. 1st couple finish in 3rd place facing in and down while 4th couple finish facing in and up in 2nd place.

17-20    2nd woman with 4th woman and 3rd woman with 1st woman turn right hands once round. At the same time 2nd man with 4th man and 3rd man with 1st man turn left hand once round.

21-24     4th couple dances a half figure of eight up through 2nd couple, while 1st couple dances a half figure of eight down through 3rd couple.

25-32     All four couples dance eight hands round and back.

Finish in the order 2 4 1 3, with 4th and 3rd couples on opposite sides.

Recommended Tune: "Combined Effort" (J Holland & P Cranford) - Jerry Holland's Collection (or an online version is on John Chambers' ABC site)

Devised 2012 by Duncan Brown (duncanqlnbrown [at] btinternet.com) for Chris Ronald, who when devising dances is always willing to think Outside the Box.

UPDATE: Bars 9-12 corrected on 13 Jan 2013
UPDATE: Bars 5-8 and 13-16 corrected on 15 Jan 2013 and diagram added.

July 24, 2012

Maggie and Caitlin 8x32 R

MAGGIE AND CAITLIN

32-bar reel for 3-couples in a 4-couple set

1-4     1st couple set advancing, turn both hands to face down nearer hands joined.

5-8     1st couple dance below 3rd couple, cross and cast up to 2nd place on opposite sides.

9-16     Right hands across: 1st man with 2nd couple, 1st woman with 3rd couple. Left hands across: 1st woman with 2nd couple, 1st man with 3rd couple.

17-20     All chase anti-clockwise halfway around the set.

21-24     3rd and 2nd couples dance half rights and left WHILE 1st couple cross right hand and cast right to face 1st corners.

25-32     1st couple turn corner, partner, corner, partner.


Devised by J. A. McKernan (jamckern [at] gmail.com) for Maggie and Caitlin on leaving Minnesota for Oregon, May 2012. It is a fast-paced dance to reflect Maggie and Caitlin's youth and vitality, it has a 1C solo to reflect their relationship, a chase to represent travel (4 bars to get to Oregon, pretty speedy!) and CPCP to suggest making new Scottish dance friends there.

June 26, 2012

Start Your Engines 8x32 J

START YOUR ENGINES
32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     LS Reel on ladies side. 1L, followed by her partner, dance LS reel on ladies'
side. 1M passes his partner when dancing through 3L position (as in dolphin reel).

9-16     RS reel on men's side - 1M, followed by his partner, dance RS reel on
men's side, crossing to 2nd place on men's side to begin. 1L passes her partner
when dancing through 3M position.

17-20     1C, nearer hands joined, dance down the middle, below 3C, and cast to 2nd
place on own side. 2C step up on bars 19-20.

21-24    2C, 1C, 3C turn RH once round

25-32     (As in Major Ian Stewart) 2, 1, 3 couples circle and chase -circle hands
around to the left for six slip steps. On bar 28, cross right foot over left, release
hands, pull back left shoulder to pivot round, and dance counterclockwise back to
progressed positions.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised by Ellen Ternes (ellenter [at] comcast.net) after learning, with great glee, that the very Italian-looking Dario Franchitti, winner of the 2012 Indy 500 race, is very Scottish!

Suggested music: "Flights of Fancy," from Celebrate 50 Years of Dancing with the
Boston Branch


May 31, 2012

Silver Heather 8x32 J

SILVER HEATHER

32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

1 - 4    1W followed by 1M cast off one place (2C step up on 3-4) and cross to opposite side

5 - 8     2C + 1C RHA (and 1W faces out)

9 - 12     1W followed by 1M cast off one place (3C step up on 11-12) and cross to own side

13 - 16     1C + 3C LHA

17 - 20     1C cross RH and cast up one place (3C step down)

21 - 24     1C dance petronella turn (to 1M between 2C, 1W between 3C),
and all set in lines across the dance

25 - 28     1C cross RH up/down, cast to the Right to second place on own side while 2M + 3M and 2W + 3W dance back to back

29 - 32     all turn partner RH

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised by Els van der Kamp (ekamp [at] xs4all.nl) in May 2012 for the coming Silver Jubilee of the Geldermalsen Scottish Country Dance Group "White Heather" in 2013.

Suggested tune: "Mr & Mrs T M Robertson," by Iain T MacPhail

Suggested recording: "Sarah's Favourite" in Reels and Wheels by Gordon Shand and his Scottish Dance Band


April 12, 2012

Heathery Breeze 4x32 S

HEATHERY BREEZE
32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1s dance Mirror Crossover Reel of Three finishing in partner's original place

9-10     1s cross down to second position own sides facing out while 2s continue reeling to finish in top position

11-12     1s turn 3s halfway on the sidelines, men by LH, ladies by RH

13-16     1M dances down between 4s and casts up and around 4L to finish in the center facing up while 1L dance up between 3s and casts down and around 3M to finish in the center facing down. 1s are back to back

17-24     1s circle three hands round to the left, 1M with 3s, 1L with 4s, cross up/down to circle three hands round to the right, 1L with 3s, 1M with 4s, 1s finishing in third position opposite sidelines, 1M facing up, 1L facing down

25-30     Reels of three on opposite sides in six bars, begin passing facing person by right shoulder, 1s finish back in third position facing down

31-32     1s cross down to fourth position own sides while 4s continue reeling to finish in third position

Devised by Bob Davidson (piobbeag [at] aol.com) after listening to a tune by the same name performed by Matt Molloy.

Suggested recorded music: "The Double Diamond Strathspey" from the Muriel Johnstone/Keith Smith album, Vintage Goldring.