May 20, 2005

Hasten to Your Feet 3x32 J

HASTEN TO YOUR FEET
3x32 Jig for 3 couples in a 3-couple set

1 - 8    1st cpl cross giving right hands, cast, and dance a half figure of eight around the 2nd cpl. (2nd cpl step up on bars 7 & 8.)

9 - 16    1st cpl cross giving right hands, cast down, and dance a half figure of eight around the 3rd cpl. (3rd cpl step up on bars 15 & 16.)

17 - 20    Cpls 2, 3, 1 advance and retire.

21 - 24    Cpls 2, 3, 1 turn by the right.

25 - 32     Circle 6 hands round and back.

Suggested tune: Bonnie Dundee.

Suggested recording: The Dancing Master on Jig for Joy by the Music Makars

Devised by Doug Schneider, St. Louis, Missouri ( paradiseMO [at] aol.com )

Notes from Doug: Dedicated to Bonnie Dickson of Ames, Iowa. The title is taken from a poem that Bonnie wrote about Scottish country dancing.

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May 19, 2005

Bamble Jelly 8x32 J

BRAMBLE JELLY

8x32 Jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set
Variation on RSCDS Book 25 #3

1- 8    1st couple cross giving RH, cast off one place,
lead up and cross through the 2nd couple and cast off to 2nd place, own side.

9-12   1st couple dance RH across 1st Lady with 2nd couple and 1st Man with 3rd couple.

13-16   1st couple turn LH 1+1/2 times to finish facing 2nd corners.

17-24   1st couple turn 2nd corner RH, partner LH, 1st corner RH and partner LH to finish on own side in 2nd place, Lady facing up and Man facing down.

25-28   1st and 2nd Ladies & 1st and 3rd Men set and turn RH

29-32   1st and 3rd Ladies & 1st and 2nd Men set and turn LH

Devised by Ron Mackey, Mottingham, London ( Ron.Mackey [at] btinternet.com )

Notes from Ron:
In the last few weeks of class I tried out The Bramble Bush. It has such nice music but I thought that it would have been a little different if devised recently. One of the problems for our newcomers was to dance the CPCP at the required speed. So I re-devised it and tried it out as 'Bramble Jelly'. It seemed to be appreciated so I offer it here for your judgement.

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May 4, 2005

Oot Dancing 4x32 R

OOT DANCING

4x32 reel for 4 couples in a 4 couple longwise set

1-4    Joining hands on the sidelines, all advance and retire.
5-6     All turn partners half way with right hands, finishing
in the middle of the set, facing partners.
7-8    Dropping hands, all cast to the opposite sidelines.
9-12    All chase clockwise half way round the set.
13-16    All dance back to back with partners.
17-24    4s and 1s cross, 3s and 2s change places on the side to
start a grand chain all round the set.
25-32    1s join nearer hands and dance to the top of the set. They
then make an arch and dance down to the bottom of the set
over the 4s, 3s and 2s. 4s, 3s and 2s dance up underneath
the arch; when they reach the top of the set they form their
own arch and start dancing down the set over the remaining
couples.

Finish in the order 2, 3, 4, 1, ready to start again.

Note: Bars 25-32 are deliberately not broken down. 4+4 doesn't work well
- the lead up is too slow and the arches too frantic. I suspect 2+6 may
be the opposite and 3+5 be about right, but play around and see what works
for you in your set - and don't worry if it varies!

Tune: The Clumsy Lover, by Neil Dickie

(cc) Ian Brockbank, March 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:
When my son Stuart was first born, his sister Lorna called him "Oot". This
then progressed to "'Ua't" and then "S'ua't". This dance was written just
before Stuart's first birthday, and is dedicated to him.

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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.

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