November 30, 2006

Saunter in Savoy 3x32 S

SAUNTER IN SAVOY

3x32 strathspey 3-couple set

1-4:     1st & 2nd cps dance half R&Ls.

5-8:     1st cp dance half diag R&Ls with 2nd & 3rd ladies.

9-12:      All set. 1st cp cross RH, while crns turn person opposite 2H.

13-16:     6 hands round to left 2 steps. 1st cp drop left hands, to form 2
small circles for 3 hands round halfway (1st lady with 2nd lady & 3rd man).
1st lady face down at top, 1st man face up at bottom, while the other cps
are back to back in the centre.

17-20:      All set, then set advancing up/down, passing Lsh to progress, 1st
cp to meet in centre, the others dancing towards top/bottom.

21-24:     All turn LH, 2 steps, 1st cp with pt, 2nd lady with 3rd man, 3rd lady with 2nd man, and then set in side lines.

25-28:      1st cp dance half diagonal R&Ls with 2nd & 3rd men.

29-32:      1st cp dance half diagonal R&Ls with 2nd & 3rd men.

Devised by Martin Sheffield, 2006 (mj.sheffield [at] wanadoo.fr)

UPDATE: A few clarifications added on 30 November 2006

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November 21, 2006

Wee Bit 'o Fun 8x32 J

A WEE BIT O' FUN

8x32 jig 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-4:     1st & 2nd cps dance RH across halfway & set. From now until bar 28, 1st cp will be on opposite sides of the set, relative to pt.

5-8:     1st & 2nd cps dance round pts without turning. Pass left shoulder
dancing forward and right shoulder dancing backwards to place


9-12:     1st face down to dance half Lsh side-by-side reel of 3* with 2nd &
3rd ladies.

13-16:     1st cp circle left with top cp, while bottom cp turn RH.

17-20:     1st cp circle left with bottom cp, while top cp turn RH.

21-24:     1st face down to dance half Rsh side-by-side reel 3* with 2nd & 3rd
men. 1st cp face up.

25-32:     Progressive chain, 2 steps/hand:
    25-26:     1st cp pass 3rd cp LH on sides,
    27-28:     2nd& 3rd pass RH, while 1st cross RH,
    29-30:     1st & 2nd cps pass LH, while 3rd cp cross LH,
     31-32:     all set.

* an imaginary line joining their heads would be perpendicular to sidelines. 1st man starts on his pt's left, no hands. They curve round individually, and he will then be on her right as they face up.

Devised by Martin Sheffield, 2006 (mj.sheffield [at] wanadoo.fr)

UPDATE as of 29 November: Some of the wording has been tweaked.

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November 14, 2006

Silver Nutmeg 8x40 J

THE SILVER NUTMEG

40 bar jig for three couples in a four couple set.

1 - 8      1st couple lead down the middle for three, up for three,
cast off to 2nd place and cross to position ready to give left hands to 1st corners (1st woman between 2nd couple facing up and toward the men's side and 1st man between 3rd couple facing down and toward the ladies' side).

9 -16     Turn 1st corner with left hands, partner in the middle right hand; 2nd corner left hand and partner in the middle right once round to face out between corners.

17-20     1st Corners Pass and Turn:
1st couple cast right around own 1st corner position and dance in through the ends of the set to finish in the middle back-to-back with partner, 1st woman facing up and 1st man facing down.
Meanwhile
1st corners dance in (1 bar), turn with right hands (1 bar), and dance out to place (2 bars).

21-24     2nd Corners Pass and Turn:
1st man dances down between 3rd couple and casts right around 3rd man's position, to finish in the middle, backto back with partner, facing own side. 1st woman, similarly, dances up between 2nd couple and casts right around 2nd woman's position to finish in the middle, back to back with partner and facing own side.
Meanwhile
2nd corners dance in (1 bar), turn with right hands (1 bar), and dance out to place (2 bars).

25-32     Double Triangles, on Bars 31 - 32 1st couple dance a skip
change petronella turn to finish in 2nd place proper.

33-40     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples circle 6 hands round and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Note: This dance has no wiggle room but rewards tight,crisp dancing.

Tune: none yet
Suitable Music: 'The Colonel' on '75th Anniversary Dances' by Craig McCallum or 'Chrissiejean' on 'Dances with a
Difference' by Muriel Johnstone

Devised Devised 8/16/03 by Peter M. Price peter.price1672 [at] gmail.com
Copyright (C) Peter M Price, 2003. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for verbatim reproduction and nonprofit distribution of this leaflet provided that this notice remains intact

Tune: The Collonel (ABC notation for arrangement by Peter Price available below)
Suitable Recorded Music: 'The Colonel' on '75th Anniversary Dances' by Craig McCallum or 'Chrissiejean' on 'Dances with a Difference' by Muriel Johnstone In honor of the RSCDS New Haven Branch's 25th year.

ABC notation for "The Collonel"

X:1
T:The Collonel
C: David Young's Collection of 1740 - Adapted by RSCDS
N: Originally a 9/8 slip jig.
N: Play ABCBC
Z: arranged and transcribed by Peter Price (at) gmail (dot) com> 9 February, 2007
M:6/8
R:Jig
L:1/8
Q:1/4=168
P:ABCBC
K:G
P:A
c|:"G" B1/2c1/2dB "G/B"G2 g | "C"e1/2f1/2ge "D7"ABc | "G"B/c/dB
"G/B"G2 B | "D7/F#"AFD D2 c :|
P:B
"Em"B2 E "Em/G"EFE | "Em"B2 E "Em/G"EFE | "Em"B2 E "A7"EFG | "D"ABA
"D/F#"AFD |
"Em"B2 E "Em/G"EFE | "Em"EFE "D7"D2 c | "Em"B2 E "A7/C#"EFG | "D"AFD
"D7/F#"D2 c ||
P:C
"G"Bcd "G/B"dBG | "C"efg "G/B"dBG | "G"Bcd "G/B"dBG | "D"ABA
"D/F#"AFD |
"G"Bcd "G/B"dBG | "C"efg "D7"ABc | "G"Bcd "G/B"dBG | "D"AFD
"D7/F#"D2 c ||

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November 2, 2006

Miri's Wedding 3x32 R

MIRI'S WEDDING

3 couple Reel in a 3-couple set

Bars
1 - 4    First and second couples set and link.
5 - 8     1st couple dance down between 3rd couple and cast up to 2nd place while 3rd couple set and cross right hand. Finish 1st couple facing up, 2nd facing down and 3rd across. Positions 2, 1, (3)
9 - 16     Dance Grand Chain for six but dance four places - i.e. take exactly two bars per hand. 3rd couple cross to start. Finish in positions (3), (2), (1)
17 - 24     Arches:
    17 - 18 2nd and 1st couples change places, 2nd couple dancing under arch made by 1st couple.
    19 - 20 3rd and 1st couples change places, 1st couple dancing under arch made by 3rd couple.
    21 - 22 3rd and 2nd couples change places, 3rd couple dancing under arch made by 2nd couple.
    23 - 24 All 3 couples give right hands to change places and stay in the centre, both hands joined.
25 - 32    1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance poussette to finish in order 2, 3, 1.

Repeat from new places.

Music: Reel de mon Voisin. Suitable track is Fire in the Rye by the Music Makars on the album Jig For Joy.

Devised by Alan & Elke Paterson (alan.paterson [at] paranor.ch) to mark the occasion of the marriage of Mirjam Zbinden and Basil Binkert on 28.10.2006.


Notes:

* Bars 4-5 1st man should take care to complete the set-and-link before dancing in to meet his partner.
* Bars 8-9 3rd couple must be prepared to cross back again immediately after having crossed over.
* Bars 17-22 It is always the centre couple who goes under the arch.
* Bars 23-24 It may at first glance seem a bit of cafuffle to change from nearer hands to right hands to both hands in such a short time. But it works. Give it a go.
* Bars 25-32. Dancing Poussette with Mirjam is always a highlight, so this had to be the finish formation.

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