October 29, 2014

Malcolm's Shoes 8x32 J

MALCOLM'S SHOES
32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set


1-8    1s & 3s Set to partner. 1s cast 2 places [2], dance to top on own sides [2] and Set while 3s dance to top [2], cast two 2 places to own sides [2] and Set.

9-16    1s dance 1/2 reel of 3 on sides (1s in & down) [4]
1s+2s+3s Set and Cross RH [321 on opposite sides]

17-24    1s+2s+3s clap 4 times [2], stamp right leg 4 times [2]. All dance 1/2 grand chain, 1s starting across the set [4] (123 on own sides, 1st and 2nd adies omit polite turn, 1st Lady to end facing out)

25-32    1L followed by partner cast one place [2] (2s step up on bars 3-4). 1L crossing to 2nd place opposite side [2], 1s 1/2 turn RH, twirl & dance out to 2nd place own sides


Suggested Music: "Lady Home's Jig" Muriel Johnstone's Band from Dance Through the Miscellanies

Devised 4 May 2014, by Sergey Kargapoltsev (robroyway [at] gmail.com). The little story that happened in Vladimir city (Russia) on Spring School with Malcolm Brown when he lost his shoes.

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October 24, 2013

Swirling Leaves 8x32 J

SWIRLING LEAVES

32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1st couple set, cross giving right hand, cast to second place on opposite sides, turn by left hand to face 1st corners. 2nd couple stepping up on bars 3 and 4.

9-12     1st couple dance corners pass and cast with their first corner.

13-16    1st couple dance corners pass and cast with their second corner finishing in order 3x, 1x, 2x.

17-20     1st couple dance a right shoulder half reel of three across the dance, 1st man with the 2nd couple below, 1st woman with the 3rd couple above, finishing with all dancers on their own side of the dance in order 3, 1, 2.

21-24     1st couple dance a left shoulder half reel of three on their own side finishing in order 2, 1, 3.

25-32     Dance 6 hands around and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

NOTE: Corner Pass and Cast is a variation of the standard corner pass and turn.

BAR
1     Corners dance in, passing 1st man or 1st woman by the right shoulder. At the same time, 1st couple dance out towards their corner position.

2     Corners turn each other half way with the right hand to finish facing each other. At the same time, 1st couple curve round by the right through their corner position to face in.

3     Corners pull back right shoulder to begin casting into their opposite corner place, passing 1st man or 1st woman by the right, as 1st couple dance into the middle.

4    Corners curve round by the right into place. At the same time, 1st couple pass by the right to face their second corner.

UPDATED: 20 November 2013

Devised October 2012, by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

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It's My Pleasure 8x32 J

IT'S MY PLEASURE

32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     1st couple lead (right hands joined) down the middle for three and back to 1st place for three. On bars 7 and 8, 1st couple cast into second place while 2nd couple steps up.

9-16     2nd, 1st, and 3rd couples dance an 8 bar mirror reel on their own side of the dance. 1st couple begins by dancing in and down, 3rd couple out and up, 2nd couple out and down.

17-20     1st couple dances a half figure 8 around their second corner, giving right shoulder to begin and ending in 2nd place on opposite sides.

21-24     1st couple turn partner by the right hand 1 and a half times to 2nd place on their own side.

25-32     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance 6 hands round and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised October 2013, by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

Recommended Tune: I really like "The Pleasures of the Night". Lead tune in the three versions of "C'est l'Amour" that I have.

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January 11, 2013

Outside the Box 4x32 J

OUTSIDE THE BOX

32 bar Jig for 4 couples in a 4 couple longwise set 2nd and 4th couples begin on opposite sides

1- 4    All four couples dance set and link in tandem. Danced as follows:
    1-2     All, joining hands on the sidelines, set.
    3-4     1st woman and 2nd man cast pulling back right shoulders to 3rd and 4th places; 3rd man and 4th woman cast pulling back right shoulders to 1st and 2nd places; 1st man and 2nd woman dance forwards into 3rd and 4th place; 3rd woman and 4th man dance forwards into 1st and 2nd places. Those dancing forwards curve round right shoulder back to face in.

outsidebox.JPG5-8    1st and 4th (middle) couples dance right hands across just under once round finishing in the middle with 4th woman ,with 1st man behind her facing 3rd man (in 1st man's place) and 1st woman, with 4th man behind her facing 2nd man (in 4th woman's place) - See figure.

9-12     4th woman with 1st man and 1st woman with 4th man, dance a ½ diagonal tandem reel of four with 2nd and 3rd men (i.e. dancing couples swap over the lead of the reel on bar 2 of the reel), on bar 12 1st and 4th couples ½ turn partner left hand to finish 4th woman with 1st man behind her facing up and 1st
woman with 4th man behind her facing down

13-16     4th woman with 1st man and 1st woman with 4th man dance a ½ diagonal tandem reel of four with 2nd and 3rd women. 1st couple finish in 3rd place facing in and down while 4th couple finish facing in and up in 2nd place.

17-20    2nd woman with 4th woman and 3rd woman with 1st woman turn right hands once round. At the same time 2nd man with 4th man and 3rd man with 1st man turn left hand once round.

21-24     4th couple dances a half figure of eight up through 2nd couple, while 1st couple dances a half figure of eight down through 3rd couple.

25-32     All four couples dance eight hands round and back.

Finish in the order 2 4 1 3, with 4th and 3rd couples on opposite sides.

Recommended Tune: "Combined Effort" (J Holland & P Cranford) - Jerry Holland's Collection (or an online version is on John Chambers' ABC site)

Devised 2012 by Duncan Brown (duncanqlnbrown [at] btinternet.com) for Chris Ronald, who when devising dances is always willing to think Outside the Box.

UPDATE: Bars 9-12 corrected on 13 Jan 2013
UPDATE: Bars 5-8 and 13-16 corrected on 15 Jan 2013 and diagram added.

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June 26, 2012

Start Your Engines 8x32 J

START YOUR ENGINES
32-bar jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     LS Reel on ladies side. 1L, followed by her partner, dance LS reel on ladies'
side. 1M passes his partner when dancing through 3L position (as in dolphin reel).

9-16     RS reel on men's side - 1M, followed by his partner, dance RS reel on
men's side, crossing to 2nd place on men's side to begin. 1L passes her partner
when dancing through 3M position.

17-20     1C, nearer hands joined, dance down the middle, below 3C, and cast to 2nd
place on own side. 2C step up on bars 19-20.

21-24    2C, 1C, 3C turn RH once round

25-32     (As in Major Ian Stewart) 2, 1, 3 couples circle and chase -circle hands
around to the left for six slip steps. On bar 28, cross right foot over left, release
hands, pull back left shoulder to pivot round, and dance counterclockwise back to
progressed positions.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised by Ellen Ternes (ellenter [at] comcast.net) after learning, with great glee, that the very Italian-looking Dario Franchitti, winner of the 2012 Indy 500 race, is very Scottish!

Suggested music: "Flights of Fancy," from Celebrate 50 Years of Dancing with the
Boston Branch


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May 31, 2012

Silver Heather 8x32 J

SILVER HEATHER

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

1 - 4    1W followed by 1M cast off one place (2C step up on 3-4) and cross to opposite side

5 - 8     2C + 1C RHA (and 1W faces out)

9 - 12     1W followed by 1M cast off one place (3C step up on 11-12) and cross to own side

13 - 16     1C + 3C LHA

17 - 20     1C cross RH and cast up one place (3C step down)

21 - 24     1C dance petronella turn (to 1M between 2C, 1W between 3C),
and all set in lines across the dance

25 - 28     1C cross RH up/down, cast to the Right to second place on own side while 2M + 3M and 2W + 3W dance back to back

29 - 32     all turn partner RH

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised by Els van der Kamp (ekamp [at] xs4all.nl) in May 2012 for the coming Silver Jubilee of the Geldermalsen Scottish Country Dance Group "White Heather" in 2013.

Suggested tune: "Mr & Mrs T M Robertson," by Iain T MacPhail

Suggested recording: "Sarah's Favourite" in Reels and Wheels by Gordon Shand and his Scottish Dance Band


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September 29, 2010

As Cedar Falls, So Falls Waterloo 4x32 J

AS CEDAR FALLS, SO FALLS WATERLOO

32-bar jig for 4 couples in a square set

1-4    1st cpl dances symmetrical back-to-backs with their corners. (1st woman and her corner dance a back-to-back giving right shoulder; 1st man and his corner dance a back-to-back giving left shoulder)

5-8    1st cpl, taking nearer hands, advances solo toward opposite cpl (3rd cpl). 1st cpl and 3rd cpl "high five". 1st cpl retires.

9 - 12    1st man dances left hands across with the cpl on his left (2nd cpl) while the 1st woman dances right hands across with the cpl on her right (4th cpl).

13 - 16    1st woman crosses in front of first man to turn opposite woman (3rd woman) by the right; first man crosses to turn opposite man (3rd man) by the left.

17 - 20    1st woman crosses in front of first man to dance out between 4th cpl, while 1st man crosses to dance out between 2nd cpl.

20 - 24    The 1st cpl meet back home and turn by the right.

25 - 32    Eight hands round and back.

On the second repetition, the 2nd cpl dances symmetrical back-to-backs, etc.
On the third repetition, the 3rd cpl dances symmetrical back-to-backs, etc.
On the fourth repetition, the 4th cpl dances symmetrical back-to-backs, etc.

NOTE: At the end of bar 6, 1st couple uses their free (outer) hands to "high five" the opposite couple. This hand is the hand used for the hands across figure and the turn on bars 9-16. The 1st man uses left hand for both figures, and the 1st woman uses right hand.

Devised by Doug Schneider (ParadiseMO [at] aol.com) for Lee and Karen Potter; September 2010

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July 22, 2010

46664 Jig 4x64 J


46664 JIG

64-bar Jig for 4 couples in a 4-couple set.

1-8    1st and 2nd couple circle four hands round and back.

9-16    1st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple dance reels of 3 on opposite sides of set.

17-24     1st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple dance reels of 3 on own sides.

25-26     1st couple set advancing to meet in the middle with nearer hands joined facing down.

27-30     1st couple dance down to 4th place, 2nd, 3rd couple and 4th couples join hands and step up on bars 27-28.

31-32     1st couple set.

33-36     1st woman dances right hands across with 4th and 3rd woman while 1st man dances left hands across with 4th and 3rd man, 1st couple ends in 4th place.

37-40     1st couple set twice.

41-48     1st couple with 4th couple and 3rd couple dance reels of 3 on opposite sides of set.

49-56     1st couple with 4th couple and 3rd couple dance reels of 3 on own sides.

57-64     4th and 1st couple circle four hands round and back.

Devised by Heather McBurnie and Andrew Hodgson (andrew [at] hodgson.za.net), Cape Town, July 2008 in honour of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 90th birthday. First danced on Saturday 18th July 2009, the inaugural Mandela day. You can learn more about Mandela day by visiting http://mandeladay.com

Suggested tune: Willie's Ga'en A-coortin
Suitable CD recording: Peggy's Wedding, Twelve Modern Scottish Country Dances from Book 22 by David Cunningham and his Scottish Dance Band.

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July 5, 2009

Quaternary Knot 8x32 J

QUATERNARY KNOT

32 bar Jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1 - 2 nbsp;   1st and 2nd couple set with nearer hands joined.

3 - 4  nbsp;  Releasing hands, 1st couple cast into 2nd place while 2nd couple dance in and up then, turning away from each other, curve into 1st place.

5 - 8 nbsp;   1st couple dance down the middle between 3rd couple and cast into 2nd place on own side.

9 - 12 nbsp;   1st couple cross up to dance half reels on opposite sides with their corners, 1st woman passing 2nd man by the left shoulder and 1st man passing 2nd woman by the right shoulder (a.k.a. mirror reels").

13 - 16 nbsp;   On bar 13, 1st couple cross down and dance half reels on own sides. The reels finish with 1st couple in the middle of the set in 2nd place, both pulling back their shoulders, turning toward the bottom of the set to finish back to back facing their own side.2

17 - 24 nbsp;   2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance double triangles.

25 - 32 nbsp;   2nd, 1st, and 3rd couples circle six hands round and back.

Repeat from progressed position

Devised 2009 by Gary Lindsey (gary.lindsey [at] sbcglobal.net)

NOTES:
quaternary.jpgBars 9 - 16 Quaternary Knot: Basically a crossover mirrored reel of three with 1st couple crossing at the top and bottom. From their starting position, they are dancing a diagonal oval around the couple above then the couple below while 2nd and 3rd couples dance a mirror reel on the side.

Bars 13-16: The turn to finish back to back is an excellent opportunity for good eye contact with your partner. 2nd and 3rd couples can finish the reels the long way into place ready for double triangles

A few meaning possibilities of your Quaternary knot design:


  • Indication of the four directions: North, South, East, West.
  • Indication of the four seasons.
  • Indication of the four great treasures of the Tuatha
  • A more modern indication of the four Latin Gospels in the Book of Kells
  • Indication of the four elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air
  • Indication of the four Celtic fire festivals, Samhain, Beltane, Imbolc, Lughnasadh.
  • An emblem of Brigid, also known as the Queen of the Four Fires a she demonstrates her four-branched wisdom of hand, hearth, head and heart.

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May 31, 2009

Triangle Reel 8x32 J

TRIANGLE REEL
32-bar Jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple long set

1-4     1st couple cast down one place, 2nd couple step up on bar 3 and 4.

5-8    1st couple dance down and cast up to 2nd place, finishing back to back facing own sides.

9 - 12    The Men dance a half Reel of 3 on the mens side, 1st Man start left shoulder to 3rd man; while the Ladies set as in Double Triangles. 1st couple finish back to back facing opposite sides.

13 - 16    1st Man, 2nd and 3rd Lady set as in Double Triangles; while 1st Lady dance a half Reel of 3 on the Men's side, starting right shoulder to 3rd man on top place. 1st couple finish back to back facing own sides.

17 - 20    The Men set as in Double Triangles; while the Ladies dance a half Reel of 3 on the ladies side, 1st Lady start right shoulder to 3rd lady. 1st couple finish back to back facing opposite sides.

21 - 24    1st Man dance a half Reel of 3 on the Ladies' side, starting left shoulder to 3rd Lady on top place; while 1st Lady, 2nd and 3rd Man set as in Double Triangles. 1st couple finish in the middle, left shoulder to partner, Lady facing up, Man down.

25 - 28    1st couple dance Right Hands across on the sides.

28 - 32    1st couple dance right shoulder round their 4th corner to 2nd place,
own sides.

Repeat from new positions

Music: Tilliedudlem on Music Makars: Sing, Dance and Rejoice

Devised by Ilona Stitz (i.stitz [at] onlinehome.de)


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August 30, 2008

200 King Street North 8x32 J

200 KING STREET NORTH

32-bar jig for two couples in a three- or four-couple longways set

1-4     1C dance half figure of eight around 2C to finish on opposite sides.

5-8     1M dance in and down to face 2W while 1W dance in and down to face 2M (1C are back to back; 1C and 2C are in line across the set). All set on bars 7 and 8.

9-16     1C and 2C dance a reel of four across the set, finishing where the reel began (line across the dance, 1M facing 2W and 1W facing 2M).

17-24     All set. On bars 19-22, 1C dance out the set below the person they are facing (1M passing 2W left shoulder and 1W passing 2M right shoulder) and cast up to first place on opposite sides. 1C half- turn with right hands to finish facing up in promenade hold. 2C step in and take promenade hold on bar 24.

25-32     1C and 2C dance the allemande.

Devised by Donald L. Fuell, Jr. (fuell [at] mindspring.com) and Patty Lindsay. 200 King Street North is the address of the King Street Residence, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada, used as the residence hall for the Teachers’ Association (Canada) Summer School in 2008, where this dance was devised.

©2008, Donald L. Fuell, Jr. and Patricia A. Lindsay. May be reproduced for instructional purposes.

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March 17, 2008

Spice it Up 8x32 J

SPICE IT UP

32 Bar Jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

1-8     1s lead down the middle and up

9-16     1s, 2s and 3s dance 3 couple Allemande

17-20     3s and 2s set and link (two top couples) Finish 2, 3, 1

21-24     3s and 1s set and link (two bottom couples) Finish 2, 1, 3

25-28     2s, 1s, 3s set and cross RH.

29-32     2s, 1s, 3s chase halfway round, to finish 3, 1, 2*

Repeat having passed a couple.

*Please Note: This dance has an unusual progression, with the 3rd couple at top place after the first turn of the dance. The original 2s are top couple on the 4th repetition of the dance.

A lively jig is recommended. I use Marianne Anderson’s Kangaroo Paw, Cut #14

Devised by: Merrill Heubach (nika [at] eastlink.ca), Lunenburg, NS

UPDATE 20 March 2008: Bars 25-32 corrected
UPDATE 24 March 2008: Explanation of progression corrected

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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 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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November 2, 2007

Examination Fever 8x32 J

EXAMINATION FEVER
32-bar Jig for 3 couples set in a 4-couple longwise set

1–8     1st and 3rd couples dance a double figure of eight around standing 2nd couple, 1st couple crossing down and 3rd couple dance up to begin.
1st couple ends up with nearer hand joined in the middle of the set (facing down), while 2nd couple steps in on bar 8, nearer hands joined facing up.

9–16     1st and 2nd couples dance a “Half Rondel?:
    9-10     1st couple dance under an arch made by 2nd couple, to change places
    11-12     2nd and 1st couples change sides, women passing in front of the men
    13-14    2nd and 1st couples set on the sidelines
    15-16    2nd and 1st couples cross back to own sides, giving left hands.

17–20     All three couples dance six hands to the right for six slip steps and then, on bar 20, cross left foot over the right (releasing hands) and pivot round to face out pulling right shoulder back.

21-24     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples chase round clockwise back to own sides.
On bar 24 3rd lady and 2nd man end up facing out, ready to start the Reel (in the opposite direction).

25–32     2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a “Reel of Three? on own sides.
1st man starts dancing in and up, while 1st lady dances in and down.

Repeat, having passed a couple

Devised by Martina Mueller-Franz (mcmuellerfranz [at] aol.com), 02. August 2007. This dance is dedicated to a number of friends (in alphabetic order): Eva-Maria Beckmann, Antje Böttcher, Birgit Frie, Gabrielle Funhoff, Chris Houston-Dewilde, Dirk Kölbl, Daniéle Landrieau, Luitgard Merkens, Anika McGregor, Birgit Röhricht, Antoine Rousseau, Thomas Stork, Sjoerd van Leersum, Iryna Zhurakovska and Claudia Zyla, who attended different Units of the RSCDS Teaching Certificate in Summer and Autumn 2007.

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August 1, 2007

Rosie's Celidh 32J

ROSIE'S CEILIDH

32-bar jig for couple facing couple around the room

Couples facing clockwise are 1C; couples facing anti-clockwise are 2C

1-4     Women dance around the opposite man by the right shoulder.

5-8     All birl /spin with opposite.

9-12     Men dance around their partner by the right shoulder.

13-16     All birl /spin with partner, ending facing partner, 1C with both hands joined.

17-18     1C slip clockwise while 2C slip anti-clockwise (1C go between 2C).

19-20     All set, 2C moving in to join both hands with partner, 1C moving away from partner.

21-22     1C slip anti-clockwise wile 2C slip clockwise (2C go between 1C).

23-24     All set, finishing nearer hands joined with partner.

25-28     All advance and retire.

29-32     All pass opposite by right shoulder, and the next person by the left shoulder to face a new couple (having passed two couples).

Music: "Rosie Tickling Trout" by Sherry Wohlers Ladig (or other sprightly jig)

Devised July 2007 by Lara Friedman-Shedlov (ldfs [at] bigfoot.com) for Audrey McClellan's new book in her Scottish Island Novels series.

UPDATE: "set twice" on bars 19-20 and 23-24 corrected to "set".

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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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August 29, 2005

Fenway Jig 8x32 J

FENWAY JIG
or The Curse Reversed

8x32 Jig for 3 couples


1-4    1M advance and retire, while 1W set, advance, and turn right about

5-8    1W dance out through own place, below 2W, and up the middle to finish above 2C in middle facing down while 1M follow partner to finish below 2C in middle facing up. 2C step up on 7-8.

9-16    1C and 2C dance 8 bars of petronella setting -- set, travel, set, travel, finishing w/ 1C still facing up and down in the center, man above; 2C finish on opposite sides, moving in slightly on the last turn to form an arch.

17-20    1M face left and dance out around 2M and across to second place on the mens side while 1W dances under 2Cs arch, then follows her partner to finish in second place on womens side. 2C stand in arch on 17-18, then slip step to own sides (starting with L foot) on 19-20, retaining hands as long as possible.

21-24    1C and 3C chase around a circle, as if dancing L hands across but without hands.

25-32    1C face down, give L shoulder to 3C for 8 bar parallel reels of 3. Women may finish with long turns.

The dance finishes with two chords. Chord 1, bow or curtsey to partner; chord 2, exchange high fives. Jumping into a pile on top of the pitcher is discouraged.

Tune: "The Night We Reversed the Curse" (Hanneke Cassel)
[in place of the opening chord, a few bars/notes of the national anthem is recommended]

Devised by Beth Kingsley (ejk [at] zzapp.org) and Ellie Briscoe
June, 2005

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May 20, 2005

Hasten to Your Feet 3x32 J

HASTEN TO YOUR FEET
3x32 Jig for 3 couples in a 3-couple set

1 - 8    1st cpl cross giving right hands, cast, and dance a half figure of eight around the 2nd cpl. (2nd cpl step up on bars 7 & 8.)

9 - 16    1st cpl cross giving right hands, cast down, and dance a half figure of eight around the 3rd cpl. (3rd cpl step up on bars 15 & 16.)

17 - 20    Cpls 2, 3, 1 advance and retire.

21 - 24    Cpls 2, 3, 1 turn by the right.

25 - 32     Circle 6 hands round and back.

Suggested tune: Bonnie Dundee.

Suggested recording: The Dancing Master on Jig for Joy by the Music Makars

Devised by Doug Schneider, St. Louis, Missouri ( paradiseMO [at] aol.com )

Notes from Doug: Dedicated to Bonnie Dickson of Ames, Iowa. The title is taken from a poem that Bonnie wrote about Scottish country dancing.

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May 19, 2005

Bamble Jelly 8x32 J

BRAMBLE JELLY

8x32 Jig for 3 couples in a 4-couple set
Variation on RSCDS Book 25 #3

1- 8    1st couple cross giving RH, cast off one place,
lead up and cross through the 2nd couple and cast off to 2nd place, own side.

9-12   1st couple dance RH across 1st Lady with 2nd couple and 1st Man with 3rd couple.

13-16   1st couple turn LH 1+1/2 times to finish facing 2nd corners.

17-24   1st couple turn 2nd corner RH, partner LH, 1st corner RH and partner LH to finish on own side in 2nd place, Lady facing up and Man facing down.

25-28   1st and 2nd Ladies & 1st and 3rd Men set and turn RH

29-32   1st and 3rd Ladies & 1st and 2nd Men set and turn LH

Devised by Ron Mackey, Mottingham, London ( Ron.Mackey [at] btinternet.com )

Notes from Ron:
In the last few weeks of class I tried out The Bramble Bush. It has such nice music but I thought that it would have been a little different if devised recently. One of the problems for our newcomers was to dance the CPCP at the required speed. So I re-devised it and tried it out as 'Bramble Jelly'. It seemed to be appreciated so I offer it here for your judgement.

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March 23, 2005

Down the Rabbit Hole 4x32 J

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
32-bar Jig for a 4 Couple Set

Bars 1-8 [Mad Hatter's "Teapots"]
2s dance 3 hands across to the right (RH) and left (LH),
2s ending in center
[2W+1s and 2M+3s, then 2M+1s and 2W+3s].

Bars 9-16 [Red Queen's Croquet]
2s RH turn 3/4, and dance RS reels of 3 on own sides,
RS to 3rd corners to begin.

Bars 17-18 ["Drink Me!" . . .]
2s cast right and into center
[2W below 3s, and 2M above 1s].

Bars 19-22 [. . .]
2M+1s and 2W+3s dance 3 hands across (RH),
2s ending between their couple.

Bars 23-24 [. . .]
2s RH turn 3/4 to 2nd place.

Bars 25-26 [White Rabbit is Late]
1s set.

Bars 27-30 [Alice Pursues]
1M, followed by 1W, dances under arches to bottom
WHILE 2s+3s+4s step in, form BH arches, and slip-step up to sides.

Bars 31-32 [Alice Awakens]
1M pull back LS, and 1s LH turn 3/4 to 4th place.

Dance written and Copyright 2005 Helen Powell (leap [at] mindspring.com)
Original tune by Helen Powell is available if you contact her by e-mail.


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March 11, 2005

Rice and Lefse 3x40 J

RICE AND LEFSE
40-bar Jig for 3 couples

1-8   1C set, cast to 2nd place (2C step up on bars 3-4), dance down
between 3C, and cast up to 2nd place.

9-16   1C cross RH, cast to the right, and dance 3/4 the way around the
set to finish 1M between 2C facing down and 1W between 3C facing up
while
2C and 3C dance rights and lefts. All finish facing up and down in
lines of three across.

17-28   All dance 3-couple rights and lefts across the set.

29-32   All set, 2C and 3C turning to face partner on the 2nd bar.
1C petronella turn to 2nd place on own sides while 2C and 3C
cross RH with partner.

33-40   All dance diagonal rights and lefts to finish in the order 3C, 1C, 2C.

Repeat with a new top couple.

Devised Feb 2005 by Lara Friedman-Shedlov (ldfs [at] bigfoot.com)
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Update:
Suitable recorded music is available on the CD Performance Dancing with the Red Thistle Dancers, "Cathy's Jig" (track 10).

Although unorthodox, it has been noted that this progression technically will work as an 8x40 dance in traditional 4-couple longwise set, with the 1st couple stepping down to 4th place after the 2nd repetition. Since 8x40 jig recordings are a lot easier to come by than 3x40, feel free to dance it this way. Music for "The Express" was recommended by at least one person who tried this.

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