April 29, 2014

The Battle of Trafalgar 6x40 H

THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
6x40 bar Hornpipe for 6 couples in two, side-by-side 3-couple sets.

The dancers are arranged as two, side by side, 3 couple sets, i.e. 4M, 5M and 6M are back to back with 1L 2L and 3L. The first set, couples 1, 2 and 3 represents the English fleet, the second set with couples 4, 5 and 6 represents the French and Spanish fleet.

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1-8     1C, 2C and 3C dance Inveran Reels. (All dance reels of 3 up and down the set, 1C cross down to opposite sides on bar 1 and cross up, back to own sides on bar 5.)

while 4C 5C and 6C dance similarly. All finish in original places

9-12     1C, 2C and 3C set to partners and turn half way giving right hands, finishing with ladies behind partners, all facing across to second set.

while 4C 5C and 6C stand.

13-16     1M dances across to second set, passing 4M right shoulder and dancing clockwise around 4L to finish facing her

while 1L follows and dances clockwise all the way around 4M who turns around to face 1L, 4M is back to back with 1M.

while 2C and 3C dance similarly around 5C and 6C

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17-20     All set and turn once round with the right hand.

21-24     4L, 1M, 4M and 1L dance half a reel of 4 across the set. On bars 23-24, 1M and 4M should pass right shoulder, NOT left, and on bar 24 1L and 4L should start to come in again from the sidelines to end right shoulder to right shoulder with 4M and 1M respectively.

while 2C with 5C and 3C with 6C dance similarly.

BofT Fig 3.png25-26     4C with 1C dance half right hands across

while 2C with 5C and 3C with 6C dance similarly.

27-28     1C, retaining right hands, turn right hand half way to 4C's original place in set 2

while 4M, followed by 4L dances across to 1C's original place in set 1

while 2C with 5C and 3C with 6C dance similarly.

29-32     1C, 2C and 3C, in set 2, set to partners. 1C and 2C cast off one place, 3C, with right hands, lead up two places to the top of the set, All finish in promenade hold facing down the set, ladies on partner's left, in the order 3 1 2

while 4C, 5C and 6C in set 1, turn partner with right hand once round in 4 bars to finish in promenade hold facing up the set in the order 4 5 6.

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33-40     All, with promenade hold, chase clockwise once round the set, 2C and 4C leading and following 6C and 3C respectively, to end 4 5 6 in the first set and 3 1 2 in the second set.

Repeat from new positions. Progression for 1st couple is: 1 5 2 6 3 4

Music: Admiral Nelson. (I edited a 4x64 Hornpipe recording to 6x40).

Devised by Keith Rose (keith [at] krose.plus.com) for a Scottish Dancing holiday to Conil de la Frontera on the Costa de la Luz, Spain which is about 8 miles from Cape Trafalgar. The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on 21 October 1805 when Admiral Nelson attacked the larger combined French and Spanish fleets using a new strategy of attacking perpendicularly to the line of enemy ships.

Bars 1-8 depict preparation for the battle and revue of the fleets.
9-16: The attack.
17-24: Fighting at close quarters.
25-32: End of the battle, chasing the vanquished and victory celebrations.
33-40: Return to port.


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April 1, 2014

The Road to Scurdie Ness 4x40 R

THE ROAD TO SCURDIE NESS
40-bar reel for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

1 - 8    1s + 2s and 3s + 4s dance RH across and chase clockwise half way.

9 - 16    4s + 3s and 2s + 1s dance R+L (retain LH to lead into reels)

17 -24    All dance left shoulder reels of 4 on the side.

25 - 32    4s + 3s and 2s + 1s dance LH across and chase anti-clockwise back to places.

33 - 34    1s + 2s dance LH across half way

35 - 36    1s + 3s dance RH across half way

37 - 38    1s + 4s dance LH across half way

39 - 40    All cross RH. (retain RH to move into RH across)

Composed by R Harcus (bobharcus [at] btinternet.com) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the East Angus Branch of RSCDS on 30th November 2013. Some features of the route out through Ferryden to Scurdie Ness and around the base of the lighthouse might be recognised.

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May 5, 2013

Who Am I? 8x40 R

WHO AM I?

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

1-8     1s, 2s & 3s dance Mirror Crossover Reels of Three, 1s dancing out and down through second position opposite side to begin and finish in partner's original place

9-16     1s & 2s dance Ladies' Chain BUT 1M and 2M are dancing the ladies' role, turning by the RH, etc. with 1 and 2L stepping down/up on the sidelines

17-24     1s, 2s & 3s dance Mirror Crossover Reels of Three but this time it is 2s (not 1s)who begin the reel by crossing down below 3s and casting up into the reel and finishing in partner's original place.

25-32     2s & 3s dance Men's Chain BUT 2L and 3L are dancing the men's role, turning by the LH etc. with 2M and 3M stepping down/up on the sidelines.

33-40     1s and 2s set. 1s & 2s dance RH Across Halfway. Retaining RH with partner, 1s and 2s turn once round to finish 2134

Devised by Bob Davidson (piobbeag [at] aol.com), who says, "Having recently done a dance which had the ladies dancing the men's role in a Men's Chain, I thought it only fair that the men would have their turn."

UPDATE 25 July 2013: Clarifications to bars 1-8 and 17-24, and a change to bars 33-40.

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July 24, 2012

Maggie and Caitlin 8x32 R

MAGGIE AND CAITLIN

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

1-4     1st couple set advancing, turn both hands to face down nearer hands joined.

5-8     1st couple dance below 3rd couple, cross and cast up to 2nd place on opposite sides.

9-16     Right hands across: 1st man with 2nd couple, 1st woman with 3rd couple. Left hands across: 1st woman with 2nd couple, 1st man with 3rd couple.

17-20     All chase anti-clockwise halfway around the set.

21-24     3rd and 2nd couples dance half rights and left WHILE 1st couple cross right hand and cast right to face 1st corners.

25-32     1st couple turn corner, partner, corner, partner.


Devised by J. A. McKernan (jamckern [at] gmail.com) for Maggie and Caitlin on leaving Minnesota for Oregon, May 2012. It is a fast-paced dance to reflect Maggie and Caitlin's youth and vitality, it has a 1C solo to reflect their relationship, a chase to represent travel (4 bars to get to Oregon, pretty speedy!) and CPCP to suggest making new Scottish dance friends there.

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December 19, 2011

Graduation Reel 8x40 R

THE GRADUATION REEL
40-bar reel for 3 couples in a longwise set

1-8    1C dance below 2C, cast up to 1st place. 1C dance below 3C and cast to 2nd placeon own sides. 2C step up on bars 7-8.

9-12     2C, 1C, 3C dance half reels across, 1L with 3C, 1M with 2C. 1C give right shoulder to their second corners to begin. 1C finish in 2nd place on opposite sides, 1L facing up, 1M facing down.

13-16     2C, 1C, 3C dance half left shoulder reels on the sides, 1C give left shoulder to person in their first corner position. 1C pass left shoulder in center to end back to back, facing their partner's first corner position. (Their first corner person will be there.) 2C, 3C dance a loop to finish the reel.

17-24     1C set to first corner, partner, 2nd corner, partner. On bar 8, 1C sets advancing to the right, to finish back to back in center, facing their own first corner positions.

25-32     Corners pass and twirl. 1C dance pattern of corners pass and turn to finish in 2nd place on own sides. 1st corners change places with turn and twirl - dance into center, turn RH half way, turn right about (twirl) and dance out to progressed positions (having changed places.) 2nd corners repeat.

33-40    2C, 1C, 3C circle hands around and back.

Suitable music: Waverley Station, First Stop, 8x40 reels

Devised by Ellen Ternes (ellenter [at] comcast.net) in celebration of the first graduating seniors of RSCDS@UMD, University of Maryland, especially Chris Tabisz and Gabi Kocerha, who got this awesome group started with their imagination, dedication, and unbeatable Terp spirit. Fear the Kilt!

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October 3, 2011

Ginger Sharks 8x32 R

GINGER SHARKS

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

1 - 4     First and second couples dance right hands across once round (1L face out);

5 - 8     Mini chase: First lady dances down behind second lady and across to 2nd place on the men's side and face out - First man follows and ends in second lady's place. Second couple step up on 7&8.

9 -16     First and third couples dance left hands across (1L face out); first lady dances up behind second man and across to own place facing out - first man follows to end in own place. Second couple step down on 7&8.

17-24     First couple, lady leading, dance down behind second and third ladies, into and up the center, and turn with right hands (2 bars) to face first corners. Second couple step up on 5&6.

25-32     First couple set to corner-partner (Hello-Goodbye).

Repeat from second place.


Suggested music: "Kiss Me Quick, My Mither's Coming" - 7 Favourite Scottish Dances Vol. 4, George Stirrat's Band or "Mrs Leslye Buchanan" - Dancing Fingers 2, Muriel Johnstone


Devised 21 September 2011 by Peter M Price (peter.price1672 [at] gmail.com) and dedicated to Rudi and Bugs, ginger cats who, at the opening of the front door, my sitting in the living room rocker, or the sound of a can being opened, come circling. When sitting in the rocker often only the tip of their tails are visible.

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August 9, 2011

Just a Dozen 6x40 R

JUST A DOZEN

40-bar reel for two 3-couple sets, side by side

1-4    1st couple in both sets, lead down (right hands) to cross below 3rd couple, cast up to 2nd place on opposite sides.

5-8    1st couples, 1st woman with 3rd couple, 1st man with 2nd couple, dance right hands across. Finish facing 3rd corners.

9-16    1st couples half reel of four with 3rd corners, pass right shoulders, then half reel of four with 4th corners. 1st couples again pass right shoulders, to finish facing inwards in 2nd place on opposite sides.

17-24    1st couples from the two sets dance full reel of four across the sets. Meanwhile, 3rd and 2nd couples set to partner, turn right hand with partners right round, and dance ½ reels of four across the sets.2nd and 3rd couples are now in the opposite set, in 3rd and 1st places, on own sides.

25-30    1st couples cross right hands with partner, then cast to their right, man around 3rd man to dance in the top of the set, and the woman around 2nd woman to dance in the bottom of the set.

31-32    Both 1st couples dance right hands across, half way round.

33-34    1st couples retain right hands in the star, and join left hands with the dancers in the 'inside' lines of the two sets. 1st men will join with 2nd man or woman (in 3rd place), 1st women will join with 3rd man or woman (in 2nd place). These dancers all set. (Fig. 1)

35-40    All drop hands. In the left hand set (viewed from the top), 1st man followed by his partner dance down, across below 2nd couple (in 3rd place), cast up one place on the ladies side, and the man crosses to 2nd place on his own side. In the right hand set, 1st woman followed by her partner dance up, across above 3rd couple (in 1st place), cast off on the men's side, and the woman dances crosses to 2nd place on her own side. (Fig. 2)

All finish in the opposite set, in order 3, 1, 2. Repeat from new places.

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Suggested recorded music: Suggested Music: 'Red House Revisited', Vallin Suite 1, Track 1. (Neil Barron)

Devised by Jeffery Green (jeffery.green [at] wideband.net.au)

UPDATE: Bars 25-30 corrected 13 October 2011

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July 19, 2011

The Erlangen Reel 8x32 R

THE ERLANGEN REEL

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

1- 4    1st couple turn, giving right hands and cast off 1 place, finishing slightly in from the sidelines. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.

5- 8    1st couple turn giving left hands and cast 1st lady up round 2nd lady to finish between 2nd couple facing 2nd man, and 1st man down round
3rd man to finish between 3rd couple facing 3rd lady.

9-16     Reels of three across the dance. 1st couple pass the person they are facing right shoulders to begin. On bar 16, 1st couple half turn each
other left hand to finish in the middle of the set left shoulder to left
shoulder facing their own side.

17-24     Reel of three across the dance. 1st man passes 2nd man and 1st lady passes 3rd lady right shoulder to begin. On bar 24 1st couple half turn
each other left hand to finish facing 1st corners.

25-32     1st couple turn 1st corner right hand, pass each other right shoulder to face 2nd corner, turn 2nd corner right hand and pass each other right
shoulder to finish in 2 place own sides. Corners dance for 4 bars.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

Devised by Duncan Brown (duncanqlnbrown [at] tiscali.co.uk). Erlangen in southern Germany has a young group of energetic dancers, for whom I taught a day school in 2009. I thought this rather energetic dance might suit them. Bars 9-24 are inspired by bars 9-24 of 'The Colonel' as interpreted by the RSCDS in their 75th Anniversary leaflet.

Recommended Tune: A Trip to Windsor (Dan R MacDonald) published in the Trip to Windsor Collection, or a version from the Web

NOTE: It is advised that some "intelligent anticipation" is used to start the left hand turn in bar 5 some way in from the sidelines to ensure 1st couple get round the standing people in time for the reels starting in bar 9.

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February 8, 2011

The Kölbls' Reel

THE KOELBLS' REEL

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

1-4    1st couple, with nearer hands joined, dance down between 2nd and 3rd couples and cast up round 3rd couple.

5-8    1st couple cross up giving left hands and cast off into 2nd place. 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8.

9-12    1st couple going diagonally to their right (i.e. man up, lady down) dance half diagonal rights and lefts. 1st couple finish facing the person they have just changed with on the sidelines.

13-16    Half reels of three on the sidelines. 1st couple pass the person they are facing left shoulders to begin the reel. 2nd and 3rd couples finish by dancing the loop on the end of the reel.

17-20    1st couple going diagonally right again (i.e. lady up, man down) repeat bars 9-12. 1st couple again finish facing the person they have just changed with on the sidelines.

21-24    Half reels of three on the sidelines. 1st couple pass the person they are facing left shoulders to begin the reel. 2nd and 3rd couples finish by dancing the loop on the end of the reel to finish facing up and down the dance.

25-32    1st couple cross over giving right hands, chase clockwise round the set a quarter (to finish facing up and down), change up and down the set giving right hands and chase clockwise a quarter round the set, to finish in 2nd place.

At the same time, 2nd man with 3rd man, 2nd woman with 3rd woman change right hands on the sidelines, chase a quarter round the set, cross over with the same person they changed with (2M with 3M and 2W wih 3W) and chase clockwise a quarter round the set to finish with 2nd couple in 1st place and 3rd couple in original places.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

Devised by Duncan Brown (duncanqlnbrown [at] tiscali.co.uk) for Dirk and Kay Kölbl shortly after their wedding 2010.

Recommended Tune: The Blackberry Bush (Trad, 3rd & 4th parts D MacLeod)

UPDATE: Instructions for 2nd and 3rd couples on bars 25-32 have been corrected as of 17 February.

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May 27, 2010

Laird of Dalnair 8x32 R

THE LAIRD OF DALNAIR

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

1- 8     1st couple cross right hand and cast off 1 place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3 and 4. 1st couple dance a ½ figure of eight up through the 2nd couple.

9-12     1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance set and link for three.

13-16     1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance set and link for three but as 2nd man and 3rd lady dance forwards on the last two bars they dance a half left hand turn so that 2nd man finishes facing up and 3rd lady finishes facing down. 2nd lady casts to finish in the middle of the set facing up and 3rd man casts to finish in the middle of the set facing down. 1st couple cast as normal to 2nd place on the opposite side of the dance. See fig

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3M
2M
1L 1M
3L
2L

17-24     1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance a "weasel reel of four":
As 3rd lady gets to the end of the reel of four, she dances clockwise for 4 bars and joins the other end of the reel of four for the last 2 bars. She is replaced in the reel of four by 1st man who joins the reel letting 3rd lady dance out in front of him, and leaves the reel of four to chase, leaving the reel in front of 3rd lady. Likewise 2nd man dances clockwise from the end of the reel and is replaced by 1st lady, with 1st lady leaving the reel in front of 2nd man. 2nd lady and 3rd man dance a full reel of four. All finish the reel of four where they started.

25-28     3rd and 2nd men and 3rd and 2nd ladies dance ½ a right hand turn and face that person. While 2nd man and 3rd lady set, their partners using pas de basque pull back right shoulder to change places in the middle. (This is the same movement as would be found in double triangles to change sides).
2nd and 3rd couples dance a petronella turn out to their own side of the dance.

1st couple take 6 bars to chase clockwise through the couples (1st man through the 3rd couple and 1st lady through the 2nd couple) to finish in 2nd place on their own side.

31-32     All 3 couples taking hands set on the sidelines.

Devised by Alasdair Brown (alasdairglrbrown [at] btinternet.com)

Tune: "The High Drive" by Gordon Duncan

This dance is dedicated to Alan Munro. He lives at Dalnair farm and has been affectionately called "The Laird of Dalnair".

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April 30, 2010

Emmett's Chase 8x32 R

EMMETT'S CHASE

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

1 - 8     1st lady sets, casts off one place, dances a half figure of eight round 3rd couple (right shoulder to 3rd man) to finish in the centre facing down just below 2nd place.
1st man stands for two bars, sets on bars 3 and 4 then crosses the set and casts off to finish in the centre facing down just behind 1st lady.
2nd couple step up on bars 7 and 8.

9 - 12     1st couple dance left hands across with 3rd lady and finish facing 2nd man with 1st lady in front of 1st man.

13 - 16     With 1st man following closely behind 1st lady, 1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of three with 2nd man and 3rd lady commencing by giving right shoulder to 2nd man.

17 - 20     1st couple dance right hands across with 3rd man and finish facing 2nd lady with 1st lady in front of 1st man.

21 - 24     With 1st man following closely behind 1st lady, 1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of three with 2nd lady and 3rd man commencing by giving left shoulder to 2nd lady. 1st lady finishes between 2nd couple (in 3rd place), pulling her left shoulder back to face up. 1st man finishes between 3rd couple (in 1st place) facing down. 3rd couple face down and 2nd couple face up at the end of bar 24.

25 - 28     Joining hands in lines of three across the set, all set then dropping hands and using two more setting steps, all pivot round on the spot pulling right shoulder back, 1st couple to face their partner and 2nd and 3rd couples to face clockwise round the set.

29 - 32     1st couple turn once and a quarter with the right hand to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides while 2nd and 3rd couples chase clockwise half way round the set.

Repeat having passed a couple but with 1st man starting and dancing the track previously danced by 1st lady.

Devised by John Brenchley (jbrenchley [at] iinet.net.au) for Audrey and Robin Emmett on the occasion of their 50th birthdays - March 2010.

Recommended tune: Iain Peterson by John Renton
Suitable CD recording : Track 9, RSCDS Belfast Branch Diamond Jubilee Dances recorded by Marian Anderson's Scottish Dance Band

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February 2, 2010

Laird Jim's 60th 1x60 R

LAIRD JIM'S 60th

60-bar reel for 4 couples in a square set

1-8    1st Lady followed by her partner, chases anti-clockwise ¾ way round the outside of the set, comes into the set through first and second places and finishes in fourth place.

On bars 1 and 2, 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples join nearer hands with partner and slip step one place to the right.

Finish in the order 2, 3, 4, & 1.

9-16    2nd, 3rd, 4th and 1st couples dance eight hands round to the right and back.

17-24    1st and 3rd couples dance a Men's Chain.

25-32    2nd and 4th couples dance Rights and Lefts.

33-40    1st and 3rd couples dance Rights and Lefts.

41-48    2nd and 4th couples dance a Men's Chain.

49-56    All dance a Grand Chain. Finish facing partner.

57-60    Men turn partner with the right hand into Promenade hold, and dance clockwise one place to original places. The lady turns under her partner's right hand to finish in the centre, retaining right hands, ready for the bow and curtsey.


Notes:
    Bars 1-16 - Depict the "6" and "0".
    Bars 17-48 - Party games.
    Bars 49-56 - Mingling and saying Goodbyes.
    Bars 57-60 - Leaving the party with your partner.

Devised by the Unit 3 class of week 2 at the 2009 Summer School, to celebrate the 60th birthday of Jim Laird who was their pianist. Contact: Gabrielle Funhoff, parbleuoui [at] aol.com

Music: Original tune,Laird Jim's 60th by Gabrielle Funhoff.

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August 17, 2009

Gude Ale Keeps the Heart Aboon 8x32 R

GUDE ALE KEEPS THE HEART ABOON

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

1-8     1st couple set, dance a half figure of eight around 2nd couple, then dance in and down to finish back to back facing opposite sides (2nd couple step up on bars 7 & 8). (1st couple may take near hands briefly as they dance in and down on bars 7 & 8.)

9-12     1st couple and corners set as in double triangles, then 1st couple and first corners turn with right hands to finish in position as on bar 9.

12-16     1st couple and corners set as in double triangles, then 1st couple and second corners turn with left hands to finish in position as on bar 9.

17-24     1st couple and corners dance inverting double triangles (1st couple and corners set as in double triangles, then all advance setting and turn right about so 1st couple is in second place on opposite sides facing in and 2nd and 3rd couples are back to back in the center facing out. All set with hands joined, then all advance setting and turn right about to finish in position as on bar 9 (1st couple back to back in the center facing out)).

25-32     1st couple dance out opposite sides and cast around their first corners to face each other up and down in the center of the set, then turn 1 ¼ times with the right hand to finish in second place on own sides ready to begin again. (If desired, 1st couple may substitute a Tulloch turn or birl for the right hand turn at the end of the dance.)

Devised 2009 by Lee Fuell (fuell [at] mindspring.com)

O gude ale comes and gude ale goes;
Gude ale gars me sell my hose,
Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon--
Gude ale keeps my heart aboon!

    --- Robert Burns, 1795


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June 16, 2009

The Falls of Lana 8x32 R

THE FALLS OF LANA

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

1 - 8    1st woman, followed closely by her partner, casts behind 2nd woman, dances across the set, casts around 3rd man, and dances up the center to finish facing her first corner. 1st man finishes facing his first corner.1 2nd couple steps up on bars 7 and 8.

9 - 16     Set to corners and partner. On bar 15, 1st couple sets to each other up and down the set and on bar 16 sets advancing and turns right about to finish back-to-back in the center of set, 1st man facing up and 1st woman facing down.2

17 - 24     Right-shoulder reels of three across the set in six bars (17-22). 1st couple begins the reels by passing right shoulder with the person on their right (1st man with 2nd woman and 1st woman with 3rd man). 1st couple ends the reels with 1st couple in the center, right shoulder to right shoulder facing opposite sides. On bars 23 and 24, 1st couple turn ¾ with right hands to second place on own sides.

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

Devised 2009 by Lee Fuell and Patty Lindsay (fuell [at] mindspring.com)

Recommended recorded music: "Shetland Reels," Track 2 from Steppin' Out by John Taylor and Andrew Imbrie

The Falls of Lana are near Salisbury, Addison County, Vermont, USA and are easily accessible if you don't mind scrambling over some rocks uphill along a pipeline. The view is worth the trouble, as is Silver Lake if you continue up the trail for another hour or so and 500+ feet elevation. See photos of the Falls of Lana here.

Bars 1-8 represent the trail to Silver Lake, 9-16 greeting other hikers on the trail, 17-24 the tumbling and roiling waters of Sucker Creek over the falls, and 25-32 is Silver Lake at the top.

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February 11, 2009

Anna's Homecoming 8x32 R

ANNA'S HOMECOMING
32-bar reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set

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1-8     Mirror reels of 3 on the sides, 1st couple dancing in and down to begin, 2nd couple out and up.

9-16     1st couple with nearer hands joined dance down the middle and up, finishing facing out ready for. . .

17-20     Mirror turns 1-1/2 times to change places with the 2nd couple, i.e. 1W and 2W turn RH 1-1/2, 1M and 2M turn LH 1-1/2.

21-24     2nd, 1st, and 3rd couples taking hands on the sides advance and retire

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

Repeat having passed a couple

Music: A frolicsome reel, yet to be determined.

Devised by Lara Friedman-Shedlov (lfriedmanshedlov [at] gmail.com), as a possible entry for the RSCDS "Homecoming Scotland" dance competition, and dedicated in memory of Anna Laino, who left us far too soon. Anna, you'll always be part of the dance.

Anna Laino, 1983-2009, was a member of the RSCDS Twin Cities Branch. A gifted musician, Anna was also fiddler for Duck or Grouse Rapper Sword Dancers. In addition to fiddle, her repertoire of musical instruments included piano, accordion, organ, and trumpet, and she sang like an angel. She completed her Masters in Sacred Music in 2008 and was organist and choirmaster for St. David's Episcopal Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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November 3, 2008

High Society 4x40 R

HIGH SOCIETY

40-bar reel for 4 couples in a 4-couple set

2nd and 4th couples start the dance on opposite sides

1 - 8    All dance reels of four on the sides. On bar 8, 2nd and 3rd couples do not pass left shoulder but curve to their right to face 4th and 1st couples respectively.

9 - 16     1st couple with 3rd couple and 2nd couple with 4th couple dance rights and lefts, commencing by giving right hand on the sides. At the end, 3rd and 2nd couple remain in the centre facing partners and join both hands.

17 - 24     3rd and 2nd couples dance a poussette. Finish in original places.

25 - 28     2nd and 3rd couples dance half figures of eight round 1st and 4th couples respectively. Finish in the order1,2,3,4 with 3rd and 4th couples on opposite sides.

29 - 32     All turn partners once round with the right hand to finish in the middle with 1st and 2nd couples facing up on own sides and 3rd and 4th couple facing down on opposite sides.

33 - 40     1st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple dance an allemande. On bar 36, 1st and 4th couples dance along the sides to 3rd and 2nd places respectively to interlock the allemandes. On bar 38, when all couples dance into the centre, the order is 2,4,1,3.

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


Suitable Music: CD: A’ the best fae Banffshire Track 15 by Colin Dewar

Devised by John Brenchly (jbrenchley [at] hatch.com.au) and presented to Barbara Boyd on the occasion of her 50th birthday. Barbara has a preference for RSCDS dances and traditional formations, hence the title and style of this dance.

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October 20, 2008

Tribute to Fred DeMarse or The Nondescript Carpet Court 8x32 R

A TRIBUTE TO FRED DeMARSE or THE NONDESCRIPT CARPET COURT

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

1- 8     1st couple cross giving right hands, cast off 2 places, dance up to top Nearer Hands Joined and cast off 1 place. 2nd couple step up 3-4

9-14     Chain Rights & Lefts for 6 bars;

    Bars 9-10 1st man changes diagonally giving right hands with 2nd man, while 1st woman changes diagonally giving right hands with 3rd woman.

    Bars 11-12 2nd man changes diagonally giving left hands with 3rd man, while 3rd woman changes diagonally giving left hands with 2nd woman.

    Bars 13-14 1st man changes diagonally giving right hands with 3rd man, while 1st woman changes diagonally giving right hands with 2nd woman.

15-16     1st couple turn 3/4 right hand to face 2nd corner position, while 2nd and 3rd couples cross giving right hands

17-20     1st couple dance ½ a reel of 4 with 2nd corners, 1st couplet urn left hands approximately 3/4 on bar 20 to face 1st corner position.

21-24     1st couple dance ½ a reel of 4 with 1st corners, 1s dance straight to 2nd place own sides from 1st corners' position on 23-24.

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

Tune: Alasdair Fraser's Compliments to Lorna Mitchell (Publ. in The Nineties Collection – Saltire Music)

Devised by Duncan Brown (duncanqlnbrown [at] tiscali.co.uk, sometime in 2008. Named in tribute to Fred DeMarse's great teaching of the Highland Class at the 2008 RSCDS Summer School.

The alternative title - The Nondescript Carpet Court refers to an article in the Nov 2008 RSCDS San Francisco Branch Newsletter 'The Reel and Strathspeyper' where Donna Weidenfeller had told of the demise of the chequered carpet tiles of the Chequered Court in University Hall in St Andrews, which have been replaced by nondescript carpeting.

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May 25, 2008

Old Ba' Game 4x32 R

THE OLD BA' GAME or UPPIES AND DOONIES REDUX

32 bar Reel for 4 couples in a longwise set

1-8     1C and 3C dance fig. 8 down, 1C around 2C and 3 around 4C. Finish side by side in the center of the set, facing down, 1C between 2C and 3C between 4C.

9-16     In lines across the dance, 1C with 2C, and 3C with 4C, dance down, pull back right shoulder and dance back up. 2C and 4C dance into their original places.

17-20     1C dance up to first place and cast off around 2C, into third place, while 3C dance up the middle into 1st place.

21-24    3C with 2C, and 1C with 4C, dance right hands across. All couples finish in center ready for poussette.

25-3    3C with 2C, and 1C with 4C poussette. Should finish in order 2,3,4,1.

Repeat 3 times.

Good music: Duke of Perth encore, Terpsichore, Caledonian Muse, or any good pipe tune.

Devised by Ellen Ternes (ellenter [at] comcast.net), after reading a wonderful feature in the Washington Post about the Christmas Ba' game on Kirkwall, Orkney, to evoke the up and down energy of the event. I called it Uppies and Doonies until I found out there was already a dance by that name. So I stole the Post headline, The Old Ba' Game.

UPDATED 19 December 2011 (Corrections and clarifications)

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February 19, 2008

Mary Stewart Ashworth 8x32 R

MARY STEWART ASHWORTH

1-4     1s set, cross down to 2nd place facing out (2s step up)

5-8     1L cast up round 2M, down the middle & pull back R Sh to face up, while
1M cast down round 3L, up the middle & pull back R Sh to face down, back to back with 1L

9-16     1s dance out through the ends, cast round to the right, dance in through 2nd place and pull back R Sh to face out, back to back in the middle, while 2s & 3s set, advance and retire (6 bars); All take hands and set as in double triangles (2 bars)

17-24     1s dance out through the sides, cast round to the right, dance in through the ends and pull back R Sh to face up and down, back to back in the middle, 1M facing up while 2s & 3s set facing up and down, advance & retire up and down the dance (6 bars); All take hands and set as in double triangles (2 bars)

25-32     1s reel of three on the side, R Sh to 2nd corner (6 bars); 1s cross over RH (2 bars)

Devised by Joyce Cochrane (jcochrane [at] jcochrane.karoo.co.uk) in memory of a fellow branch member who died recently.

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February 1, 2008

Auchindrain 8x32 R

AUCHINDRAIN

A 32-bar Reel for three couples in a four-couple longwise set.

1 - 4     First couple set, cross down one place. Second couple move up.

5 - 8     First couple dance down behind third couple and dance up (near hands joined) to finish back to back in the center of the dance facing corners ready for…

9 -16     Double Triangles. First couple end back to back in the middle facing corners as before.

17-24     First couple turn first corners with the right hand, pass one another by the right shoulder in the middle; turn second corners with right hands and, passing one another by right shoulders, cross back to own sides and face out in second place. Corners dance for four bars.

25-32     Second, first and third couples dance right shoulder reels of three on the sides. To begin: Second couple dance in and down; first man dances out and up; first woman dances out and down; third couple dance in and up.

Repeat from second place.

Tune: Auchindrain (© Nigel Gatherer)

Dance devised 28 November 2007and © 2007 by Peter M. Price (peter.price1672 [at] gmail.com). All rights reserved. Permission is granted for verbatim reproduction and non-profit distribution of this leaflet provided that this notice remains intact.

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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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November 8, 2007

De’il Amang the Gaylors 8x32 R

DE'IL AMANG THE GAYLORS
32-bar Reel for 4 couples in a 6- or 8-couple set

Formation:
          2W 2M 4W 4M 6W 6M ( 8W 8M )
    Top
          1M 1W 3M 3W 5M 5W ( 7M 7W )

1-8     1C & 2C, and 3C & 4C: Set, RH across halfway, set, LH across halfway

9-12     1C & 4C diagonal rights and lefts halfway

13-16     2C & 3C diagonal rights and lefts halfway

17-24     All: Cross RH with opposite, set to opposite, change places LH with partner, set to partner.

25-32     Eight hands round and back

During the second repetition, 1C and 2C dance with 5C and 6C, while 3C and 4C stand out at the top.

In a six-couple set: during the third repetition 3C and 4C dance with 5C and 6C while 1C and 2C stand out at the bottom, then the pattern repeats three more times.

In an eight couple set, the progression of couples resembles the progression of individuals in a normal 8-person set.

Suitable music: De'il Amang the Tailors

Devised by Mike Briggs (briggslaw [at] yahoo.com), 2007, for Ian and the rest of the Gaylor clan of Madison,
Wisconsin

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June 15, 2007

See You in Arran 8x32 R

SEE YOU IN ARRAN

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

1 - 8     1st + 2nd couples dance Set and Rotate*:
Both couples, facing diagonally, set.
Turning right about, they chase round clockwise one place to face partners up and down the set.
They change places with partner, giving right hands, and continue to chase round clockwise one place further.
1st couple end up in 2nd place own side, facing down.
9 – 16     Reels of three on the sidelines 1st couple giving left shoulders to 3rd couple. At the end dancing couple pass right shoulder to face 1st corners.
17 – 24     Turn 1st corner right hand and pass partner right to face 3rd corner (= partners 1st corner).
Turn 3rd corner left hand, and pass partner left to end up facing 2nd corner. Corners dance 4 bars.
25 – 32     Turn 2nd corner right hand and pass partner right to face 4th corner (= partners 2nd corner).
Turn 4th corners left hand, pass partner left shoulder and dance a loop into 2nd place own sides.

Repeat from new positions

*NOTE: ?Set and Rotate? normally begins with couples joining nearer hands on the sidelines, but I prefer this variation with couples facing diagonally (not joining hands) as described in “The Westminster Reel?.

Devised by Martina Mueller-Franz (mcmuellerfranz [at] aol.com) . This dance is dedicated to Christine Hastie and Maggie Westley and all the other people, who helped to organise this great weekend. What a good idea to organise a dancing event at the Isle of Arran!

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May 9, 2007

All In 4x32 R

ALL IN

32-bar Reel for 4 couples in a square set

1 - 8     All circle left and right

9 - 24    All dance Schiehallion Reels (ladies cast into their partners position to begin)

25 - 28      All set twice to your partner

29 - 32      All birl one place to the right (use elbow grip)

Do not get too carried away - you need to be ready to go straight into the circle.

Devised by Martin Campbell-Colquhoun (martincc [at] bigpond.net.au), Adelaide, Australia. Originally published in the Piping Shrike, Adelaide Branch RSCDS.

The dance is called "All In" as it is a term often heard in SCD and also as everyone is dancing non stop, and finally because some of the less agile dancers are 'all in' when it finishes.

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Contra Temp Reel 8x48 Reel

CONTRA TEMP REEL

48-bar reel for 2-couples in a 4-couple set

1-8     The dance begins with the first couples crossing down between the second couples in a full figure of eight movement. The second couples stand still.
9-12     All couples back to back (do-si-do) by the right shoulder.
13-16     All couples full right hand turn.
17-24     The second couples now cross up between the first couples in a full figure 8 movement.
25-28     All back to back (do-si-do) by the left shoulder.
29-32     All couples full left hand turn.
33-36     In your groups of four, right hand star once around.
37-40     Take left hands and star a full turn until you are back to place.
41-48     First man and his lady cross over , skip to bottom and swing, meanwhile all other dancers step up one place then swing.

The dance starts again with the new top couple being a couple one and every other couple is also a first couple.

Music: 48-bar reel, medium pace

Devised by Martin Colquhoun (martincc [at] bigpond.net.au), 10/02/2001 , Adelaide, Australia

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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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December 21, 2006

Whirlwind 8x32 R

THE WHIRLWIND

32 bar reel for 2 couples

1-4     First cpl cross with right hands and cast to second place. 2s move up on 3 &4, turning to face out as they do so.

5- 8     Cpls 1 & 2 double half figure of eight.

9-12     Cpls 1 & 2 turn on the sides 1&1/2 times, 1st man and 2nd lady left hands, 1st lady and 2nd man right hands

13-14     2nd couple cross over

15 -16     Both couples set

17-24     Quick Time Tourbillion. Moving as for strathspey version, but turning by right hand, retaining partner's right hand throughout, and facing partners to set:
     17-18 Both cpls turn by right hand, finish facing partners on the side, rt. hands joined, 1st man in 2nd lady's place, 2nd lady in 1st man's place.

     19-20 All set

     21-22 both cpls turn by rt. Hands, finish facing partners across, rt. hands joined, 1st lady in 2nd man's place, 2nd man in 1st lady's place
     23-24 All cross to own side

25- 32     Lefts and rights, beginning changing places on sides giving left hands.

Repeat from 2nd place.

Devised by Harry Ways (hways [at] ix.netcom.com) March 2005

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November 2, 2006

Miri's Wedding 3x32 R

MIRI'S WEDDING

3 couple Reel in a 3-couple set

Bars
1 - 4    First and second couples set and link.
5 - 8     1st couple dance down between 3rd couple and cast up to 2nd place while 3rd couple set and cross right hand. Finish 1st couple facing up, 2nd facing down and 3rd across. Positions 2, 1, (3)
9 - 16     Dance Grand Chain for six but dance four places - i.e. take exactly two bars per hand. 3rd couple cross to start. Finish in positions (3), (2), (1)
17 - 24     Arches:
    17 - 18 2nd and 1st couples change places, 2nd couple dancing under arch made by 1st couple.
    19 - 20 3rd and 1st couples change places, 1st couple dancing under arch made by 3rd couple.
    21 - 22 3rd and 2nd couples change places, 3rd couple dancing under arch made by 2nd couple.
    23 - 24 All 3 couples give right hands to change places and stay in the centre, both hands joined.
25 - 32    1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance poussette to finish in order 2, 3, 1.

Repeat from new places.

Music: Reel de mon Voisin. Suitable track is Fire in the Rye by the Music Makars on the album Jig For Joy.

Devised by Alan & Elke Paterson (alan.paterson [at] paranor.ch) to mark the occasion of the marriage of Mirjam Zbinden and Basil Binkert on 28.10.2006.


Notes:

* Bars 4-5 1st man should take care to complete the set-and-link before dancing in to meet his partner.
* Bars 8-9 3rd couple must be prepared to cross back again immediately after having crossed over.
* Bars 17-22 It is always the centre couple who goes under the arch.
* Bars 23-24 It may at first glance seem a bit of cafuffle to change from nearer hands to right hands to both hands in such a short time. But it works. Give it a go.
* Bars 25-32. Dancing Poussette with Mirjam is always a highlight, so this had to be the finish formation.

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July 22, 2005

Blaine's Double Date 4x32 R

BLAINES DOUBLE DATE
32R4

1-4    1C & 4C cross RH and cast, 1C down 1 place, 4C up one place. 2C and 3C step up or down on 3-4.

5-8    1C dance figure of 8 up around 2s while 4C dance figure 8 down around 3s. 1C meet in center, facing 2M. 1W will be on 1Ms right. 4C meet in center facing 3W, 4W will be on mans left.

9-14    1C & 4C dance 6 bars of hello-good-bye in tandem.* 1C dances the track on the mens side of the dance, 4C dances the track on the ladies side, setting to each other as a couple across the dance. Couples join nearer hands when setting.

15    1C, 4C, nearer hands joined set advancing toward each other.

16    1C, 4C dance away from each other toward the side line closer to them, with traveling pas basque, to face up and down, ready for reel of 4 on the sides. (4W faces 2M, 4M faces 2W, 1W faces 3M, 1M faces 3W.) 2C and 3C face up and down.

17-24    Reels of 4 on the side

25-28    4C, giving RH, cross above 2C and cast into 2nd place. 1C, giving RH, cross below 3C and cast up to 3rd place.

29-32    4C & 1C dance RH across back to new positions on own sides.

Repeat 3 times.


*Hello-Goodbye in Tandem:
1C track:
Bar 1 - set to 2M
Bar 2 traveling pas de basque to mens side line, keeping same relative position to partner, as in petronella in tandem. Man will finish on sideline next to 3M. Woman will finish next to 2M, now on her partners left.
Bar 3 1C set to 4C, who are now on the sidelines across the set.
Bar 4 Traveling PDB to face 3M. 1M finishes closer to bottom of set, lady closer to sideline and on her partners right.
Bar 5 Couple set to 3M
Bar 6 Travel to bottom of set, facing up. Man finishes next to 3W, woman next to 3M.

4C track:
Bar 1 - set to 3W
Bar 2 traveling pas de basque to womens side line, keeping same relative position to partner, as in petronella in tandem. Man will finish on sideline next to 2W. Woman will finish next to 4W, now on her partners right.
Bar 3 4C set to 1C, who are now on the sidelines across the set.
Bar 4 Traveling PDB to face 2W. 1W finishes closer to top of set, man closer to sideline and on her partners left.
Bar 5 Couple set to 2W
Bar 6 Travel to top of set, facing down. Woman finishes next to 2M, M next to 2W.


Devised by Ellen Ternes (eternes [at] umd.edu) and Martha Anderson

Notes from Ellen: Dedicated to Blaine Peet. We were both his "partner" for General Stuart's reel at Capitol weekend, and later that night (read 4 a.m.) and a little wine (okay, a bottle) we had devised a real dance out of the makeshift petronella we had come up with in the dance. It actually works I think, and is fun. If you decide to try it, let me know if you have any thoughts for ways it might work better. One thing I'm going to try next time I do it, is to make the last 2 bars of the petronella skip change (when dancing couples dance to the sidelines).

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July 1, 2005

Giants of Foudland 3x48 R

THE GIANTS OF FOUDLAND
Reel, 3 x 48 (Triangular set)


1-4    1st lady dance RH across with 3C while 1st man dance LH across with 2C; all set once to partner and turn RH once round.

9-16    Men dance round partners (RS), back to place, then dance RH across back to place.

17-24    Ladies dance round partners (LS), back to place, then dance LH across back to place and stay facing out.

25-40    All dance Schiehallion reels.

41-48    All dance 6 hands round to left & back

Devised by Alison Smith (inchgower [at] talk21.com)

Note from Alison: Inspired by the newly constructed Foudland wind turbines, seen turning for the first time in April 2005

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June 8, 2005

Just a Lark 64 R

JUST A LARK
64 bar Reel for 2 Couples in a 2-couple set

Danced as a Medley with
Bars 1-32 as English Country Dance and
Bars 33-64 as Scottish Country Dance,
or else done with both halves the same.

1-2    1M smoothly step LEFT advancing, then 1W (reach out Left foot, close with Right foot)

3-4    1s 1/2 turn BH and face down with NH joined; 2s face up on Bar 4

5-6    2s smoothly step RIGHT advancing, then 1s (dropping hands)

7-8    All turn 3/4 LH (Women finish back-to-back in center)

9-16    All LS hey [reel] for 4 across the set

17-18   All Skip right advancing, then left advancing
[for SCD do Skip Change]

19-20    Men (in center) turn 1/2 RH, while Women set pulling back RS to face in

21-22    All skip right advancing, then left advancing

23-24    All cast back over RS (skip, to face partner down/up side lines)

25-32    All poussette half way, down/up and counter-clockwise
(Men start on Left foot, with Push).

All turn twice and retire facing partner down/up
[SCD: omit turns, poussette takes longer].

2M do NOT change feet before continuing

33-64    Repeat Bars 1-32 with 2s as the active couple,
from new positions oriented up/down.

Note: at Bar 36, all will be 90 degrees rotated clockwise from position at Bar 1.

Suggested Tune: "Just a Lark". The sheet music (PDF or ABC format) is available upon request from the deviser.

Tune and Dance written and Copyright 2005 Helen Powell (leap [at] mindspring.com)

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May 4, 2005

Oot Dancing 4x32 R

OOT DANCING

4x32 reel for 4 couples in a 4 couple longwise set

1-4    Joining hands on the sidelines, all advance and retire.
5-6     All turn partners half way with right hands, finishing
in the middle of the set, facing partners.
7-8    Dropping hands, all cast to the opposite sidelines.
9-12    All chase clockwise half way round the set.
13-16    All dance back to back with partners.
17-24    4s and 1s cross, 3s and 2s change places on the side to
start a grand chain all round the set.
25-32    1s join nearer hands and dance to the top of the set. They
then make an arch and dance down to the bottom of the set
over the 4s, 3s and 2s. 4s, 3s and 2s dance up underneath
the arch; when they reach the top of the set they form their
own arch and start dancing down the set over the remaining
couples.

Finish in the order 2, 3, 4, 1, ready to start again.

Note: Bars 25-32 are deliberately not broken down. 4+4 doesn't work well
- the lead up is too slow and the arches too frantic. I suspect 2+6 may
be the opposite and 3+5 be about right, but play around and see what works
for you in your set - and don't worry if it varies!

Tune: The Clumsy Lover, by Neil Dickie

(cc) Ian Brockbank, March 2005 ( ian [at] scottishdance.net )

The definitive version of this dance will eventually be available on Grand Chain, Ian Brockbank's Scottish country dance web site.

Notes from Ian:
When my son Stuart was first born, his sister Lorna called him "Oot". This
then progressed to "'Ua't" and then "S'ua't". This dance was written just
before Stuart's first birthday, and is dedicated to him.

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Maple Dancing 8x32 R

MAPLE DANCING

32-bar reel for 2 couples in a 4 couple longwise set

1-8    1st and 2nd couples set and rotate. 2nd lady and 1st man remain
facing out, ready for.
9-16     2nd man and 1st lady pass left shoulders to start a reel of four
across the dance.
17-18     2nd man and 1st lady turn half way left hands while 2nd lady and
1st man cast up or down on the sides.
19-20    2nd man and 1st lady turn partners once round giving right hands.
21-22    2nd man and 1st lady turn half way left hands while 2nd lady and
1st man cast up or down on the sides.
23-24    2nd and 1st men, and 2nd and 1st ladies giving right hands, turn,
finishing with 1st couple in 2nd place facing up and 2nd couple
in 1st place facing down.
25-26    All set facing up and down on the sidelines.
27-28    All set to partners.
29-32     All turn (or spin) partners with right hand.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

Note: The reel of four starts with the left shoulder in the middle, which
makes for slightly unusual timing.

Tune: Maple, by Pete Clark

(cc) Ian Brockbank, 2005 ( ian [at] scottishdance.net )


The definitive version of this dance will eventually be available on Grand Chain, Ian Brockbank's Scottish country dance web site.
Notes from Ian:

Pete Clark auctioned a tune at a charity ceilidh in aid of the Kisoro School
for the Blind in May 2001, and I was fortunate enough to be the highest
bidder. The tune he wrote was a lively reel, which I named for our cat
Maple. The back of a fiddle is made of maple wood, and the bow dances across
it during the tune, so there is a pleasing musical tie-in.

This is my second attempt at a dance to go with the tune - the first dance
was unexceptional and had some awkward sections, so I thought I'd try again.
Like the first attempt, this is a two-couple dance.

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April 15, 2005

Inside Oot Fish Eater 5x32 R

THE INSIDE OOT FISH EATER

32-bar reel for 5 couples in a 5 couple longwise set

1-8    1st and 3rd couples lead down the middle and up to face first
corners. 2s and 4s step up on bars 3 and 4.

9-12    1st and 3rd couples couple dance corners pass and turn with
first corners. At the end, dancing couples approach then pull
back right shoulders to face fourth corners (partner's second
corners).

13-16     1st and 3rd couple dance corners pass and turn with fourth
corners. At the end, dancing couples approach then pull back
right shoulders to face out their own side.

17-24    2nd, 4th and 5th couples dance the first eight bars of petronella
while dancing couples dance out their own side and to the right,
across the set between the setting couples, out partner's side
and to the right, finishing 1st couple in 2nd place and 3rd couple
in 4th place, all on opposite sides of the dance, and set. (I.e.
all 5 couples are now on opposite sides of the dance, and all set
on bars 23-24).

25-26    2nd couple turn half way giving right hand while 1st couple dance
right hands across half way with 4th couple and 3rd couple dance
right hands across half way with 5th couple.

27-28    Giving hands on the sidelines, all set.

29-32    All turn (or spin) partners with right hands.

Finish in the order 2, 4, 1, 5, 3, ready to start again.

Tune: The Inside Oot Fish Eater (Peter Wood)

(cc) Ian Brockbank, March 2005 ( ian [at] scottishdance.net )


The definitive version of this dance will eventually be available on Grand Chain, Ian Brockbank's Scottish country dance web site.


Notes from Ian:

The basic concept of the dance was proposed by Caroline, and I fleshed out the details, so this is a combined effort.

Peter Wood wrote the tune "The Inside Oot Fish Eater" for Lindsay Weir.
It's a cracking tune which has really caught on with Scottish dance
musicians. I thought it was about time it had a dance to go with it.
Lindsay plays for Dunedin Dancers' Wednesday social night once a month,
and this was first danced at Dunedin on the 13th of April, 2005 with
Lindsay playing.

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