August 29, 2005

Fenway Jig 8x32 J

or The Curse Reversed

8x32 Jig for 3 couples

1-4    1M advance and retire, while 1W set, advance, and turn right about

5-8    1W dance out through own place, below 2W, and up the middle to finish above 2C in middle facing down while 1M follow partner to finish below 2C in middle facing up. 2C step up on 7-8.

9-16    1C and 2C dance 8 bars of petronella setting -- set, travel, set, travel, finishing w/ 1C still facing up and down in the center, man above; 2C finish on opposite sides, moving in slightly on the last turn to form an arch.

17-20    1M face left and dance out around 2M and across to second place on the men’s side while 1W dances under 2C’s arch, then follows her partner to finish in second place on women’s side. 2C stand in arch on 17-18, then slip step to own sides (starting with L foot) on 19-20, retaining hands as long as possible.

21-24    1C and 3C chase around a circle, as if dancing L hands across but without hands.

25-32    1C face down, give L shoulder to 3C for 8 bar parallel reels of 3. Women may finish with long turns.

The dance finishes with two chords. Chord 1, bow or curtsey to partner; chord 2, exchange high fives. Jumping into a pile on top of the pitcher is discouraged.

Tune: "The Night We Reversed the Curse" (Hanneke Cassel)
[in place of the opening chord, a few bars/notes of the national anthem is recommended]

Devised by Beth Kingsley (ejk [at] and Ellie Briscoe
June, 2005

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August 26, 2005

Two's Company -- Three's A Crowd 3x32 S


3x32 Strathspey

Bars 1-8    1C, 2C, 3C Set and dance La Barratte* (End on opposite sides)

Bars 9-16    1C, 2C, 3C Set and Link for 3 couples twice. End on proper sides in the order 3C 2C 1C

Bars 17-20    3C and 2C Set and Link for 2 couples.
End progressed (2C, 3C, 1C).

Bars 21-32    Rights and Lefts for 3 couples, ending ready for 2C to start a new round.

*Directions for LaBarratte:
La Barratte takes only 6 Bars so it usually starts with set.

Bars 1-2    Set
Bars 3-4    Cross RH until arms are almost fully extended
Bar 5    Dance back the path you just traveled.
But woman pull back RS slightly & raise R arm so you can dance
under own R arm - Both couples are now facing down the dance.
Woman has back to partner.
Bar 6    Man hold out LH – palm UP.
Woman bring LH up UNDER man’s LH & wrap fingers over top of his palm. Let go RHs.
As man raises L arm slightly – Woman dances UNDER his L arm.
LHs are now in proper SD grip.
Bars 7-8    Dance out to opposite sides.

Note: Bars 5-6 are crucial bars with a lot to do quickly. I would suggest practicing them until you can dance quickly, smoothly and automatically.

Devised by Holly V. Sherman (hollyvalentine530 [at]

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August 3, 2005

Ladies of Schiehallion 4x64 M (32 S + 32 R)


64 Bar Medley for 4 couples
(32 bars of strathspey then 32 bars of reel time - 4 times through)

2 chords: 1st chord - Bow and Curtsey
2nd chord - 3rd & 4th couples change sides

Bars 1-8    1C and 2C Set and Rotate:
Take hands on sides and set. All pull back RS to cast, rotating one position to right (clockwise). Change places RH with partner up and down set. All chase one position to clockwise around the mini-square.

Bars 9-16    2C, 1C, 3C, 4C Bubble Up Figure:
(Remember: Every 2 bars all are on sides facing in)
2C cast to 4th place while all other couples Turn RH halfway moving up one place.
1C cast to 4th place while all other couples Turn RH halfway moving up one place.
3C cast to 4th place while all other couples Turn RH halfway moving up one place.
4C cast to 4th place while all other couples Turn RH halfway moving up one place.
(Keep turns tight and really long steps when casting)
End in the order 2C 1C 3C 4C (2W and 1W will be on partner’s side), with 2C facing 1C and 3C facing 4C.

Bars 17-24    Reels of 4 on sides. End top with 2 couples and bottom 2 couples facing in diagonally in their square of 4 people.

Bars 25-28    Set and Track Figure:
All set (2 bars). All move as follows to form a square set ( 2 bars):
2M, followed by 2W dance to left to 2nd place in the square;
4M followed by 4W dance to left to 4th place in the square;
1C dance to left, 1M cutting in front so 1W finishes on 1M’s right side facing DOWN in 1st place in the square;
3C dance to left, 3M cutting in front so 3W finishes on 3M’s right side facing UP in 3rd place in the square set.

Bars 29-32    All 4 couples Turn RH with partner and end men facing IN and women facing OUT

REEL (In square set) OR PARTY TIME:
Bars 1 -16   ALL CLAP and dance Schiehallion reels:
Men dance in diagonally to take the place of the woman on their right.
Ladies dance out and around to take their partner’s place. Men dance
out and around to follow the same woman, while the ladies dance in
and across to follow their partner. Repeat for 12 more bars until you
return to original place. (Remember: every 2 bars on line of square).

End all facing RIGHT (Widdershins) around square set.

Bars 17-24   Chase around the square as follows to finish back to longwise set, in the order 2C 3C 4C 1C, all finishing on partner’s side:
2C travel 1 place to right and STOP at top of set (2 bars)
3C travel 2 places to right (below 2c) and STOP (4 bars)
4C travel 3 places to right (below 3c) and STOP (6 bars)
1c travel 4 places to right (below 4c) and STOP (8 bars)
Remember: 2 bars per each side of square. Men take small steps to finish on ladies’ side.

Bars 25-32    2C and 3C Cross RH in 2 bars then rest for 6 bars (there are no other rest periods in entire dance)
4C and 1C dance the Slip Knot (non-progressive Knot, devised by Mel Briscoe) upside-down:
Bars 1-6 are danced as for a normal Knot. On bars 7-8, the two couples dance LH across halfway to finish where they started the formation.
Remember: Dancers start and finish on partner's side, so the formation ends up being danced upside down (i.e. the dancers face UP not down the set on bar 2 of the figure, and turn to face DOWN not up on bar 3).

End with new top couple in 1st place (2c 3c 4c 1c) – with bottom two couples on opposite sides again ……….READY TO OPEN ANOTHER BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE

Devised by Holly V. Sherman (hollyvalentine530 [at]

Notes from Holly:
"Thank you" to Howard Lasnik and Dale Birdsall for their suggestions in the segues between some of the figures.

The Ladies of Schiehallion are:
Chris Gallagher
Betty Allen
Holly Sherman
This dance was devised to commemorate their 10th anniversary as roommates at Pinewoods.

The dance had to be a medley to fit their different personalities –
It had to have Schiehallion reels in it because the name of their cabin is Schiehallion, and it had to have something “bubbly” in it because they like to party and they host a champagne mimosa party at camp every year.

The dance tells a story:
Part one of the story is in strathspey because the party hasn’t gotten going yet and it denotes the personality of one of the roommates. The Set and Rotate figure represents the opening of a champagne bottle – so only the top 2 couples dance – representing the cork. After the cork pops, the champagne bubbles up and spills out and down the sides of the bottle. This bubble up figure was devised by Michael Bentley. The constant flowing movement in the reel of four represents the pouring of the champagne and in the last figure of strathspey - the people are setting in little groups talking - but decide to circulate to see who else is at the party – then the couples decide to split up and get the party going.

Part two of the story is in quick time to represent the personality of the other roommate – and because the party is now in full swing. Dancing the Schiehallion reels is always fun and lively - just like a party. Then it’s time to settle down – take a breather – look for a place to rest for awhile. While the top 2 couples rest (and think about opening another bottle of champagne in strathspey time) – the bottom 2 couples have found a little champagne left in the old bottle and decide to finish it off - with the Slip Knot – danced up as the bottle empties. Don’t worry – the Schiehallion ladies would never have just one bottle of champagne – in fact they have four – so all 4 couples have a chance to open a bottle, dance, and have a “Reel” good time.

Figure 1. 1c & 2c Set & Rotate (8 Bars)
Figure 2. All 4c Bubble Up (8 Bars)
Figure 3. All 4c Reel of 4 on sides (8 Bars)
Figure 4. All 4c Set & Chase to left to form square (4 Bars)
All 4c Set and Turn RH (4 Bars)

Reel (Clap)
Figures 1 & 2. All 4c Schiehallion reels (16 Bars)
Figure 3. All 4c Chase to right to form lines again (8 Bars)
Figure 4. All 4c Cross (RH) 2c & 3c rest for 6 Bars while
4c & 1c continue with Slip Knot danced UP (8 Bars)

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