May 4, 2005

Maple Dancing 8x32 R

MAPLE DANCING

32-bar reel for 2 couples in a 4 couple longwise set

1-8    1st and 2nd couples set and rotate. 2nd lady and 1st man remain
facing out, ready for.
9-16     2nd man and 1st lady pass left shoulders to start a reel of four
across the dance.
17-18     2nd man and 1st lady turn half way left hands while 2nd lady and
1st man cast up or down on the sides.
19-20    2nd man and 1st lady turn partners once round giving right hands.
21-22    2nd man and 1st lady turn half way left hands while 2nd lady and
1st man cast up or down on the sides.
23-24    2nd and 1st men, and 2nd and 1st ladies giving right hands, turn,
finishing with 1st couple in 2nd place facing up and 2nd couple
in 1st place facing down.
25-26    All set facing up and down on the sidelines.
27-28    All set to partners.
29-32     All turn (or spin) partners with right hand.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

Note: The reel of four starts with the left shoulder in the middle, which
makes for slightly unusual timing.

Tune: Maple, by Pete Clark

(cc) Ian Brockbank, 2005 ( ian [at] scottishdance.net )


The definitive version of this dance will eventually be available on Grand Chain, Ian Brockbank's Scottish country dance web site.
Notes from Ian:

Pete Clark auctioned a tune at a charity ceilidh in aid of the Kisoro School
for the Blind in May 2001, and I was fortunate enough to be the highest
bidder. The tune he wrote was a lively reel, which I named for our cat
Maple. The back of a fiddle is made of maple wood, and the bow dances across
it during the tune, so there is a pleasing musical tie-in.

This is my second attempt at a dance to go with the tune - the first dance
was unexceptional and had some awkward sections, so I thought I'd try again.
Like the first attempt, this is a two-couple dance.

Posted by ldfs at May 4, 2005 3:56 PM
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