January 31, 2008

Pumpking Baker 8x32 R

THE PUMPKING BAKER

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

1-8     Mirror reels of 3, 1C dancing in and down to begin

9-12     1C mirror turns with 2C 1-1/2 times to change places, women
turning LH, men turning RH

13-16     1C mirror turn 3C about 1-3/4 round with the other hand (women RH, men
LH) to end back-to-back in the middle ready for

17-24     Double triangles.

25-32     Six hands round and back.

Tune: No specific tune assigned as of yet, but a driving reel is suggested.

Devised by Craig Chamberlain and Lara Friedman-Shedlov (lfriedmanshedlov [at] gmail.com) in December 2007, based on a sequence of formations Craig thought he remembered doing before. We couldn't find a dance that had the sequence, so we made one up. The word "pumpking" originated as a typo for the word pumpkin, but was subsequently given its own definition: "to gorge on deliciousness."

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January 23, 2008

Trip to Fanwood 8x32 J

TRIP TO FANWOOD

A 32-bar jig for 3 couples in a longwise set

1 – 4     1st couple cross giving right hands, cast off two places, cross below the 3rd couple giving left hands, cast up one place and finish in centre facing first corners. 2nd couple step up on bars 7 and 8.

9 - 16     1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of four with first corners, then turn with the left hand once round to face second corners.

17- 24     1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of four with second corners, then turn with the left hand one and a half times to finish in the centre, man below woman

25 - 28     1st woman with 3rd couple (at the top) and 1st man with 2nd couple (in third place), right hands across. 1st couple finish passing partner by left shoulder in the centre and dancing out towards opposite side. All flow into…

29 – 32     Chase clockwise half way, to finish on own side in order 2,1,3.

Repeat from new places.


Devised by Chris Ronald (chris1ronald [at] aol.com) in October 2006 on the occasion of being invited to teach the ‘Happy Soles’ in Fanwood, NJ.

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January 16, 2008

Mentor, The 96 S

THE MENTOR

A 96 bar Strathspey for 4 couples in a square set.

First Figure.

1 - 8    All four men dance right hands across 1-1/4 round; they dance out and cast to the right, behind the lady opposite their partner, and curve round by the right to face her.

9 -16    All four couples dance a double reel of four.

17 - 24     The men dance four hands round to the right in the centre finishing by pulling back their left shoulders to face the opposite lady; all set and, giving right hands, change places.

25 - 32    All dance a double targe:

The ladies dance left hands across 3/4 round while the men dance on one place clockwise. The men turn the ladies with the right hand; these four bars are repeated, but on bars 31-32 all turn 3/4 to finish facing into the centre with the ladies on the left of the men.

Second Figure.

1 - 8    All four ladies dance right hands across 1¼ round; they dance out and cast to the right, behind their (original) partner, and curve round by the right to face him.

9 -16     All four couples dance a double reel of four.

17 - 24    The ladies dance four hands round to the right in the centre finishing by pulling back their left shoulders to face their partner; all set and, giving right hands, change places.

25 - 32    All dance a double targe:

The men dance left hands across 3/4 round while the ladies dance on one place clockwise. The ladies turn their partner with the right hand; these four bars are repeated, but on bars 31-32 all turn partner 3/4 to finish facing into the centre opposite original places.

Third Figure.

1 - 8    All set to their partners turn 3/4 with the right hand to promenade hold and dance two places clockwise to original places.

9 - 16    First and third couples, set and, pulling their right shoulders back, cast into the set to face across the dance. They dance four hands round for two bars and the men lead their partners out to original places.

17 - 24    Second and fourth couples repeat bars 9 - 16.

25 - 32    Eight hands round and back

Music: suitable recorded music is "Singing Sands" on Reflections of Dalriada.

Devised by Brian Charlton (briangcharlton [at] gmail.com), October, 2007. This dance was written to honour Margaret Sim on the occasion of her being presented with a well-deserved RSCDS Branch Award at the Branch Closing Social on 8th December 2007. Margaret has been a mentor for dancers, teachers, clubs and the Branch over many years.

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January 14, 2008

Miss Ilona Brown 5x32 S

MISS ILONA BROWN

32-bar strathspey for 5 couples in a longwise set

1 - 4     1s & 3s lead down two places, cross over below 4s & 5s, and cast up one place (2s & 4s step up on 1 & 2)

5 - 8     All 5 couples turn partners with both hands(2s, 4s and 5s turn once finishing in sidelines; 1s & 3s turn 1-1/2 and finish in middle, facing up, nearer hands joined)

9 - 12     1s & 3s dance up for 2, set to partners,

13 - 16     1s & 3s dance down for 2, turn partners with both hands and finish facing first corners (lady pulls back R Sh, as in Sugar Candie)

17 - 24     1s & 3s set to first corners, dance round each other (R Sh back) to face second corners, 1s & 3s set to second corners, dance round each other to finish 1L between 2s facing 2L, 3M between 5s facing 5M, 1M 3L between 4s, 1M facing 4M, 3L facing 4L (1M & 3L pass L Sh)

25 - 32     1s & 3s dance the LOOP and cross down to third & fifth places, i.e.

     [3] half reels of three / four across (R Sh to start) – on bar 3 1s & 3s change to other reel

     [3] half reels of three / four across (R Sh)

     [2] 2s 4s 5s loop round / dance up to finish 2s at top, 4s in 2nd place, 5s in 4th place, while 1s & 3s cross down to 3rd & 5th place, passing partners L Sh

NOTE: in bars 25 – 32, although the reels are continuous, the priority changes in the reels of three, so they are actually two half reels

Devised by Malcolm Brown (mlamontbrown [at] btopenworld.com). Miss Ilona Brown is one of his grand-daughters. This dance was the result of having five couples in the class when wanting to teach a three couple dance (in a four couple set).

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January 10, 2008

Jean 8x32 J

JEAN

32-bar Jig for three couples in a 4-couple longwise set.

Bars
1 - 8     First couple set to one another, cross over giving right hands; cast off one place, and set again, pulling back right shoulders on bar 8 to face out in second place improper. (Second couple step up on bars 5-6).

9 -16     Right shoulder reels of three on the sides. To begin - corners dance in, first lady dances out and up and first man dances out and down. On bars 15-16 first couple cross from the ends of their reel into second place own sides facing out.

17-24     Left shoulder reels of three on the sides . To begin - corners dance in, first lady dances out and up and first man dances out and down. On bars 23-24 first couple cross from the ends of their reels to end back to back in the middle of the set facing partner's side of the dance.

25-32     Inverting Double Triangles:
     25-26     All set in double triangles position.
     27-28     All set advancing and pull right shoulders back. End - first couple in second place improper facing one another across the dance and corners in the center of the set, back to back with partner, facing own sides.
     29-30     All set in inverted double triangles positions.
     31-32     First couple, giving right hands, cross back to own sides while corners set advancing and pull back right shoulders to end in place facing partner.

Repeat from second place.

Tune: Short Apron (Traditional) (ABC notation below)

Dance devised 1/4/08 by Peter M. Price (peter.price1672 [at] gmail.com) in honor of Jean Attwood, author of 'The Falls of Rogie' and many other good dances. This dance is drawn, shamelessly, from her dance
'Glen Falloch' in Alexander Dances #2.

© 2008 by Peter M. Price. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for verbatim reproduction and
non-profit distribution of this leaflet provided that this notice remains intact.


ABC Notation for "Short Apron":

X: 1
T: Short Apron
C: Traditional
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
R: Jig
Q: 1/4 = 168
K: F
f | cAA fAA | aAA cGG |1 cAA aAA | aAc ~d2 :|2 AGF fga | ge^c d2 ||
c |Acd cAF | (A/B/c)A (G2 B) |1 Acd cAF | f2 e d2 :|2 AGF f>ga | ge^c d2 ||

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