October 28, 2009

The Physicist's Folly 1x128 S

(aka A-A prime-BC transpose)

128-bar strathspey for 4 couples in a square set

1-8     1C & 3C dance ladies' chain ending in promenade hold.

9-16     1C & 3C promenade CCW halfway around the inside of the set to change places and face in, then set advancing and turn BH halfway with the person opposite to end facing the side couples. (1W facing 2W, 1M facing 4M, 3W facing 4W, and 3M facing 2M)

17-24     Parallel reels of 4 across the set, ending with 1W facing 3W with their partners behind them.

25-32     1C & 3C dance a reel of 4 up and down the dance, 1W & 3W passing right shoulder to start. 1C & 3C end in original places.

33-64     2C & 4C repeat bars 1-32.

65-72     All set, then all women dance RH across and dance around partners passing them left shoulder, ending in original places.

73-80     All set, then all men dance LH across and turn partners RH to end with men facing in and women facing out.

81-96     All dance Schiehallion reels, ending with all women facing out.

97-104     All women dance one position CW, turn the man they meet once round RH, dance one position CW, and turn the man they meet once round RH to end facing.

105-112     All dance a grand chain around the set, taking 1 bar per pass, ending with men facing CCW.

113-120     All men dance one position CCW, turn the woman they meet once round LH, dance one position CCW, and turn partners LH into allemande hold facing CCW.

121-128     All dance halfway around the set in allemande hold to original places, turn in on bar 5, then turn the women to face (as in allemande) so the women are back-to-back in the center. All turn partners once round RH, women ending back-to-back in the center, and honor partners.

Devised by Sue McKinnell (luvscd [at] suedan.com)

Suggested Music: "Fill the Fetters" from Celebrate 50 Years with the Boston Branch.

UPDATE 9 November 2009: Wording for bars 9-16 and 73-80 slightly tweaked

Posted by ldfs at October 28, 2009 9:40 AM


Being a physicist myself I was instantly intrigued by this dance *and* it has Schiehallion Reels in it... so it should be a good one ;)

Is the Reel in Bars 25-32 a left shoulder Reel of 4? Looks like it.

I just danced it with 7 phantoms in my office (all my colleagues already went home :) ) - and I think I know what my group will have to try out next week ;)

Posted by: Cord Walter at October 28, 2009 10:56 AM

Just a note. It's been pointed out to me that bars 9-16 are unclear. The promenade is with men passing left shoulders, i.e. CCW around the inside of the set.

Posted by: Susan McKinnell at October 30, 2009 9:55 AM

Sooo, I /meant/ to try the dance out right after I found it here on 8x32... and it took me just about 20 months to actually do it :)

We danced it tonight & it really *is* a lovely dance :)

Posted by: Cord Walter at July 25, 2011 3:14 PM
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