April 16, 2007

Rug Beater 8x32 R

THE RUG BEATER

32-bar Reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

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1-8     1s dance down the middle for 4 and up for 4, ending at the top in the middle of the set, facing up. (2s step up on bars 3-4 and face down)

9-10     1st man turns 2nd man (LH) ¾ way round to end in second place
WHILE
1st woman turns 2nd woman (RH) ¾ way round to end in second place.

11-12     1st man turns 3rd man (RH)
WHILE
1st woman turns 3rd woman (LH), 1s finish in 2nd place own sides.

13-16     2s, 1s and 3s advance for 2 and retire for 2.

17-24     All three couples set, cross (RH). All three couples chase ½ way round, clockwise

25-32     All three couples set, cross (LH). All three couples chase ½ way round anti-clockwise.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Music: Suitable Music: Scottish in Salem #3 (Reel Set - Caberfei)

Note: The link between the name and the actual dance, the pattern that is described on the floor when the first 12 bars are danced, is the shape of the old-fashioned wood-and-reed (or some other flexible woody material) rug beaters, with its long handle and lobed head. The rest is the swaying of the rug on the line, the beating of the rug, and the ensuing swirling dust

Devised by Sue Kashanski ( skashanski [at] ns.sympatico.ca), Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

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April 5, 2007

Timbit for Janis 4x32 S

A TIMBIT FOR JANIS

32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples, in a longwise set;

1-8     1s 2s and 3s dance mirror reels of three on the sides, 1s dancing
in and down and 2s dancing out and up to start; at the end, 2s stay facing out

9-16     2s, 3s and 4s dance mirror reels of three on the sides, 4s
dancing out and up, and 3s dancing in and down to start; at the end, 2s and 4s stay facing out

17-24     "covalent" mirror reels of four on the sides: begin mirror reels of four on the sides, a right shoulder reel on the men's side and a left shoulder reel on the women's side; on the second step, 4s cross up to second place on the opposite side as all others take the second step of the reel; continue in this way, on the fourth step 3s cross up, on the sixth step, 1s cross up, and on the last step, 2s cross up; once having crossed, dancers complete the reel on the opposite side; at the end, dancers are in the original order, all on opposite sides; 4s stay facing out

25-28     1s dance down the centre below 3s, divide and cast up to third place, while 4s dance up behind the lines to above 2s, then meet and dance down to second place, where they face out; on bars 27-28, 2s step up, while 3s step down and face out

29-32     2s with 4s, also 1s with 3s, dance half a double figure of eight (2s and 1s cross down to start).

The final order is 2-4-1-3; repeat from new places.

Notes: 1. In case any non-Canadian ever reads this, "timbit" is the name given to doughnut centres at Canada's best known coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Horton's. The reels in bars 17-24 are the "covalent" mirror reels of four in Tim Conrow's dance Covalence; this is the timbit.

2. At the time of writing, Janis Platts, one of our most faithful and enthusiastic dancers, is battling a severe illness In the midst of it all, she is still keen on coffee and a doughnut from Tim's.

3. All need impeccable phrasing in the reels of four.

4. 1s and 4s anticipate, and use long steps during bars 25-26, so that 1s are below 3s and dancing out, while 4s are above 2s and dancing in, by the end of bar 26

5. Except for the last repetition of the dance, 4s should stay facing out in second place at the end, ready for the new repetition.

Tune: Strathaven Way, by A. M. Laird
Suitable recording: George Washington Bridge set on Bobby Brown's Celtic Fire discs

Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc [at] cc.umanitoba.ca), Winnipeg, MB, March 2007, for Janis Platts of Winnipeg.

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Timbit for George OR After a Hangover 4x32 S

A TIMBIT FOR GEORGE or AFTER A HANGOVER

32-bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a longwise set

1-8     1s 2s and 3s dance parallel reels of three on the sides, 1st and 2nd women, also 1st and 2nd men passing right shoulders to start; at the end, 2nd man and 3rd woman stay facing out

9-16     2s, 3s and 4s dance parallel reels of three on the sides, 3rd and 4th women, also 3rd and 4th men passing right shoulders to start; at the end, 2nd and 4th men, and 3rd woman stay facing out

17-24     connected reels of four on the sides: all begin a reel of four on the sides; on the second step, as all others continue the reel, 1st woman and 4th man change sides, passing left shoulders, 1st woman going into second place on the men's side, ready to dance up, while 4th man goes to third place on the women's side, ready to dance down; continue in this way, on each even numbered step, a pair of
dancers "connect" the reels by changing sides; 2nd woman and 3rd man cross on the fourth step, 4th woman and 1st man on the sixth step, and 3rd woman and 2nd man on the eighth step; once having crossed, dancers complete the reel on the opposite side; at the end, all are on opposite sides, in order 4-3-2-1; 4th man (at top) and 1st woman stay facing out

25-28     4s and 1s dance clockwise halfway round, while 3s and 2s set and cross to own sides, giving right hands in passing

29-32     middles facing ends on each side (i.e., 1st man with 3rd woman, etc), set and change places giving right hands in passing.

The final order is 3-1-4-2; repeat from new places.

Notes: 1. The first half of this dance is the same as that of George Ogilvie's dance Hangover, which I've admired ever since I found it. George's dance is a reel, and this one could be danced in quick time (I think I would prefer jig) or as a medley (e.g., 2x32S + 2x32J - the Dewar set for Johnnie Walker would do), once the pattern
is well known.

2. In case any non-Canadian ever reads this, "timbit" is the name given to doughnut centres at Canada's best known coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Horton's. Bars 17-24 are a slight variation of one of the "covalent" reels of four in Tim Conrow's dance Covalence; this is the timbit.

3. All need impeccable phrasing in the reels of four; third woman and second man will need a long step at the end, to finish facing partners.

Tune: Strathaven Way, by A. M. Laird
Suitable recording: George Washington Bridge set on Bobby Brown's Celtic Fire discs

Devised by Peter McClure (joptmc [at] cc.umanitoba.ca), Winnipeg, MB, March 2007, for George Ogilvie of
Regina.

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