October 2, 2007

Shoplifting Seagulls 16S + 16R

16 bar strathspey, 16 bar reel medley for three couples


1-8     (Casing the store) : First couple set and cast into second place, 2C step up on bars 3 & 4. 1L dance half figure of eight up around 2M to finish in second place on opposite side while 1M dance half figure of eight around 3L to finish in second place on opposite side.

9-16     (Sneaking up on the chips): Second, first and third couples set, advance, retire and set (hands joined on the side)


17-24     (Snatching the chips and running away): 1C turn 3/4 with right hands in two bars (the snatch), then dance six bar reels of three across the set (the getaway), 1M with 2C (begins with 1M passing 2L right shoulder) and 1L with 3C (begins with 1L passing 3M right shoulder). 1C finish in second place on own sides.

25-32     (Seagulls rip open the bag and all devour the chips): Second, first and third couples dance the "Grand Slam" as in Kelso Races (2C, 1C, 3C, with hands joined on the side, advance, with 2C and 3C advancing on the diagonal so the couples collapse into a circle, then retire to place, then all three couples turn partner once round with the right hand)

Inspired by Sam, the Shoplifting Seagull of Aberdeen, seen in this (and other) videos:

Visualize the bag of Doritos in second place in the center of the set.

Devised by Lee Fuell (flyingghillies [at] rscdscincinnati.org), Flying Ghillies Scottish Country Dancers, Dayton, OH, USA.

Posted by ldfs at October 2, 2007 11:50 AM

For a recording to dance this to, try "The Maine Medley" (track 4) from "Celebrate Fifty Years with the Boston Branch." If anyone else has another suggestion, I'd appreciate hearing it. Happy dancing!

Posted by: Lee Fuell at October 3, 2007 7:18 AM

I taught this Friday Nov. 2 - the smiles were everywhere! The class had a great time and one of them had seen the video.

Posted by: Peter Price at November 2, 2007 9:45 PM
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