Dances for July 27

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No Videos this week.

Long Frank’s Reel

A 32-bar reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple set.
Tune: Frank & June Hewitson

1 – 8 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance mirror reels of 3 on the sides. 1st couple begin by crossing down, 2nd couple dance out and up, 3rd couple dance in and up.

9 – 10 1st couple dance down with nearer hands joined and separate onto the opposite side facing down, 2nd couple dance out and up into 1st place.

11 – 12 1st man & 3rd lady turn once round with the right hand while 1st lady & 3rd man turn once round with the left hand. 1St couple face up.

13 – 16 1st man & 2nd lady turn 1 1/2 times with the left hand while 1st lady & 2nd man turn 1 1/2 times with the right hand.

17 – 20 1st couple dance half figure of 8 round 2nd couple, crossing down to begin.

21 – 24 1st & 2nd couples dance right hands across and stay in the middle with partners ready for:-

25 – 32 1st & 2nd couples dance an allepousse. i.e. 1St couple dance a 2 couple allemande into 2nd place while 2nd couple dance a poussette into 1st place.

Repeat having passed a couple.

This dance was devised for Frank Hewitson of Ribble Valley Branch RSCDS who I looked up to since I was in short pants! Frank sadly passed away in 2009, aged 92

Dance devised by David G. Queen 2005

 

 

Saxie’s Baa, 32J 2C (3C Set)
The Green Lady Book of Scottish Country Dances by Barry Priddey
1–8     1M and 2W dance a figure of eight round partners; to begin they pass each other by the right, dance round partner by the left
then pass each other right again to complete the figure on own sides.
9–16     1C and 2C dance rights and lefts.
17–24    1W and 2M dance a figure of eight round partners; to begin they pass each other by the left, dance round partner by the right
then pass each other left again to complete the figure on own sides.
25–32     1C and 2C dance the Knot progression.

 

Dances for July 20, 2017

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There is one video this week!

Oxton Reel
144-bar strathspey for six couples in a six-couple longwise set

Part A
1 – 6 1st couple, followed by 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th couples, who dance up the sides to begin, cast off and dance down behind their own lines.

7 – 12 1st couple, meet at the bottom of the set and lead up the middle, followed by 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th couples.

13 – 16 All six couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round.

17 – 24 All six couples set to partners with simple setting steps.

Part B
1 – 12 1st couple take promenade hold and, turning to the right to begin, dance a figure of eight down and up the set, to places, followed by 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th couples.

13 – 16 All six couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round.

17 – 24 All six couples set to partners with simple setting steps.

Part C
1 – 12 All repeat bars 1 – 12 of part B, but with hands joined behind their backs.

13 – 16 All six couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round.

17 – 24 All six couples set to partners with simple setting steps.

Part D
1 – 12 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples, and also 4th, 5th and 6th couples, dance a grand chain with two steps to each hand. 1st couple and 4th couple face across, 2nd couple and 5th couple face down and 3rd couple and 6th couple face up to begin.

13 – 16 All six couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round.

17 – 24 All six couples set to partners with simple setting steps.

Part E
1 – 12 All six couples dance into the middle, and with each man behind his partner and hands on her waist, 1st and 4th couples facing down and the others facing up. 1St, 2nd and 3rd couples, and also, 4th, 5th and 6th couples, dance reels of three in tandem. To begin 1st and 2nd couples and 4th adn 5th couples pass by the right.

13 – 16 All six couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round.

17 – 24 All six couples set to partners with simple setting steps.

Part F
1 – 12 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples, and also, 4th, 5th and 6th couples, dance six hands twice round to the left.

13 – 16 All six couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round.

17 – 24 All six couples set to partners with simple setting steps.

Collected at Oxton, Berwickshire.
Original tune: Cameron’s got his wife again (Bremner)

 

 

Video: The  Thistle and the Columbine

The Thistle and the Columbine
8×32 Jig

1-8 1st couple set and cast off one place, 2nd couple step up on bars 3 & 4. 1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple dance right hands across once round, the first couple finish facing their first corners

9-16 1st couple dance the track of a reel of four to finish back to back in the center of the dance in second place facing their own sides while 2nd and 4rd couples dance rights and lefts.

17-24 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance double triangles, the 1st couple finishing in the centre of the dance facing down on their own side with nearer hands joined.

25-32 1st couple with nearer hands joined down between 3rd couple, cast up one place to meet in the centre of the dance facing up and with nearer hands joined dance up between the 2nd couple and cast off one place.

This dance was devised by Miss Janet Renton on August 2007 for a forthcomming visit to Colorado, USA. The dance was named after the emblem of Scotland and the Columbine flower which is the state flower of Colorado, USA

Dances for July 13, 2017

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The Threesome Reel
Medley of 48-bar strathspey and 48-bar reel for three dancers

The dancers comprise a man between two women with nearer hands joined. The man may hold the corner of a handkerchief in each hand, the opposite corners of which are held by the women. Alternatively, ribbons can be used.

Strathspey
1 – 8 With eight strathspey travelling steps, the women dance round the man in opposite directions, the woman on his left keeping to the outside and the women on his right keeping to the inside and going under the arch made by the others. The man turns slowly round in the same direction as the women going under the arch, using travelling step. All finish in places.

9 – 16 All set with Highland Strathspey setting steps

17 – 48 Repeat twice with different Highland strathspey setting steps.

Reel
1 – 8 Repeat three times with Highland reel setting steps.

Collected in Perthshire and Angus

Original tunes:
Strathspey: Mrs Stewart Nicholson’s (Nathaniel Gow)
Reel: Sleepy Maggy (Bremner, 1757)

 

 

The Judge’s Jig
32 bar jig for 3 couples

1 – 8 1st and 2nd couples dance rights and lefts up and down the dance. To begin, 1st and 2nd women (also 1st and 2nd men) change places with right hands. At the end of bar 8, 1st couple finish facing out.

9 – 16 1st and 3rd couples dance double figures of eight. To begin, 1st couple cast off two places and 3rd couple cross up to the top. At the end of bar 16, 1st couple again finish facing out.

17 – 20 1st and 2nd women turn 1 ½ times with right hands and 1st and 2nd men turn 1 ½ times with left hands to change places.
21 – 24 1st couple dance a half figure of eight crossing up between 2nd couple to begin. 1st couple finish in 2nd place on opposite sides.

25 – 30 Reels of three on the sides. To begin: 1st couple dance in and down, 3rd couple dance out and up, 2nd couple dance out and down.
31 – 32 1st couple cross giving left hands

Repeat having passed a couple.

Note: At the end of the first turn, 1st woman finished facing out but 1st man curves slightly to finish to finish just inside the side lines ready to give right hand to the ‘new’ 2nd man.

For Johan Berg.
Tune: Venskaben (Muriel Johnstone)
Roy Goldring (2005) – Auld Friends Meet

 

 

The City of Preston Reel
A 32-bar reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple set

1 – 4 1st couple, giving right hands, cross over and cast to 2nd place; 2nd couple step up on bars 3 & 4

5 – 8 1st couple, giving left hands, cross over and cast to their left to finish 1st woman facing 2nd man and 1st man facing 3rd woman.

9 – 16 Dance Reels of 3 across the dance giving right shoulder to begin.

17 – 20 Joining hands three and three across the dance, all advance and retire up & down the set.

21 – 24 1st couple, giving right hands, change places up and down, and cast to their right to finish on the sidelines between their corners.

25 – 28 Joining hands, all advance and retire.

29 – 30 All set.

31 – 32 1st couple cross over giving right hands to finish in 2nd place on own sides.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised by Lavinia Morris to celebrate Preston receiving City status and dance by the beginners’ class of 2008/2009.

Dances for July 6, 2017 – Roy Goldring

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Sorry, no videos this week.

North Grove
32 bar strathspey for 3 couples

1 – 8 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples set, circle once round to the left and dance in on bar 8 to meet partners. All finish facing up ready for:

9 – 16 Three couple promenade. On bars 15 – 16, 1st couple cast off to 2nd place and 2nd couple dance up to top place.

17 – 18 1st couple, giving right hands, cross to the opposite side line and face 1st corners.
19 – 20 1st couple set to 1st corners.
21 – 22 1st couple set to partner.
23 – 24 1st couple set to 2nd corners.

25 – 30 Reels of three on the side lines. To begin, 1st couple give right shoulder to 2nd corners.
31 – 32 1st couple, giving right hands, cross to own side.

Repeat having passed a couple.

For Alice Murphy
Tune: Murphy’s Measure (Nandy Dickson)
Roy Goldring 1993 – Auld Friends Meet

 

The Judge’s Jig
32 bar jig for 3 couples

1 – 8 1st and 2nd couples dance rights and lefts up and down the dance. To begin, 1st and 2nd women (also 1st and 2nd men) change places with right hands. At the end of bar 8, 1st couple finish facing out.

9 – 16 1st and 3rd couples dance double figures of eight. To begin, 1st couple cast off two places and 3rd couple cross up to the top. At the end of bar 16, 1st couple again finish facing out.

17 – 20 1st and 2nd women turn 1 ½ times with right hands and 1st and 2nd men turn 1 ½ times with left hands to change places.
21 – 24 1st couple dance a half figure of eight crossing up between 2nd couple to begin. 1st couple finish in 2nd place on opposite sides.

25 – 30 Reels of three on the sides. To begin: 1st couple dance in and down, 3rd couple dance out and up, 2nd couple dance out and down.
31 – 32 1st couple cross giving left hands

Repeat having passed a couple.

Note: At the end of the first turn, 1st woman finished facing out but 1st man curves slightly to finish to finish just inside the side lines ready to give right hand to the ‘new’ 2nd man.

For Johan Berg.
Tune: Venskaben (Muriel Johnstone)
Roy Goldring (2005) – Auld Friends Meet

 

 

North West 50th
32 bar reel for 5 couples

1 – 4 1st couple cross giving right hands and cast off one place to finish in the centre of the dance facing down. 2nd couple step up on bars 3 – 4.
5 – 8 1st woman and 3rd man turn 1 ½ times with right hands while 1st man and 3rd woman turn 1 ½ times with left hands. 1st couple finish in 3rd place facing out. 2rd couple finish facing 2nd place facing in.

9 – 16 Reels of three on the side. To begin: 1st couple dance out and up, 3rd couple dance in and down, 2nd couple dance out and down. 1st couple finish facing out and down.

17 – 20 1st woman and 4th man turn 1 ½ times with left hands while 1st man and 4th woman turn 1 ½ times with right hands. 1St couple finish in 4th place facing in.
21 – 24 1st couple dance half figure of eight around 4th couple, crossing up to begin and finish in 4th place facing in and down.

25 – 30 Reels of three on the side. To begin: 1st coupel dance in and down, 5th couple dance out and up, 4th couple dance out and down. 1st coupel finish in 4th place facing in and down. 5th couple finish in own place facing in and up.
31 – 32 1st and 5th women change places with left hands while 1st and 5th men change places with right hands. Order now 2, 3, 4, 5, 1.

Repeat from new positions

For the 50th Anniversary of the North West Craven Branch of the RSCDS. 19th December 1958 – 19th December 2008.

Tune: The Kettle Drum (Traditional)
Roy Goldring (2007) – Auld Friends Meet

Dances for June 29, 2017

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I’ll mak’ ye fain to follow me
32-bar jig for three couples in a four-couple longwise set

1 – 4 1st woman, followed by 1st man, cast off two places and crossed over to 3rd man’s place, with 1st man in 3rd woman’s place. 2nd and 3rd couples step up on bars 3-4

5 – 8 1st man, followed by 1st woman, casts up behind 3rd and 2nd women, and crossed to original place: 1st woman finished in her place. 2nd and 3rd couples step down on bars 7-8.

9 – 12 1st couple, giving right hands, cross over and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up.

13 – 16 1st couple, giving left hands, cross over and cast off one place and lead up to face first corners.

17 – 24 1st couple set to and turn corners to finish between them facing first corners.

25 – 30 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on the sides. 1st couple pass first corners by the left to begin.

31 – 32 1st couple, giving right hands, cross over to second place on own sides.

Repeat having passed a couple.

W Boag: A Collection of Favourite Reels & Strathspeys, London 1797 as I’ll make you be fain to follow me.

Original Tune: I’ll mak ye fain to follow me (Gow’s Repository – earlier version, Oswald 1756)

 

Jovial Jack
32 bar reel for three couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 8 1st couple dance reels of three on own sides. 1st and 2nd men passing right shoulders, 1st and 2nd women passing left shoulders.

9 – 16 1st couple lead down the middle for three steps and up for three steps and cast to second place facing down. 2nd couple step up on bars 15 – 16.

17 – 20 1st and 3rd couples set and turn (men by the right hand, women by the left) 1st couple finish facing up

21 – 24 1st and 2nd couples turn (men by the left hand, women by the right) and all three couples set.

25 – 23 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples circle round and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

To start the third and alternate turns the 4th couple dance up into the reel as 1st couple step down into their place.

Devised by Brenda Burnell to celebrate Jack Oliver’s 80th birthday on December 1st 2008 at the Askwith class

 

 

Lady Aberdeen Strathspey
32 bar Strathspey for three couples

1 – 8 Mirror reel of 3 with crossing. 1st couple cross on bar 1 to enter the reel through second place. 2nd couple cross on bar 3 and third couple cross on bar 5. Finish the reel on opposite sides.

9 – 12 All set once and cross giving right hands

13 – 16 1st couple cast off below 3rd couple and dance up the middle to finish in second place. Meanwhile, 2nd and 3rd couple set again, 2nd couple giving inside hands dance up to first place and face out and down as 3rd couple set again.

17 – 20 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance three hands across. 1st lady dances right hands across with 2nd and 3rd ladies, as 1st man dances left hands across with 2nd and 3rd men. Finish with 1st couple in the center facing up, left hands joined. 2dd and 3rd couples in original places.

21 – 24 1st couple cross up between 2nd couple, using left hands, and cast into second place, dance into the center and face down.

25 – 28 All dance three hands across. 1st lady with 2nd and 3rd men by the right hand; 1st man with 2nd and 3rd ladies by the left hands; 1st couple end in the center facing down with the left hands joined.

29 – 32 1st couple cross below 3rd couple and cast up into second place on own side.

Repeat having passed a couple.

MUSIC: Rosemary Read (1991) by Murray Schoolbraid

Devised by Mary S. Brandon
Published in The Emigrant Scot

Dances for June 22, 2017

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Video: Rothesay Country Dance – Animation

Rothesay Country Dance
48-bar jig for two couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 8 1st couple lead down the middle and up

9 – 12 1st couple set and, giving both hands, turn halfway round to finish in partner’s place

13 – 16 1st man and 2nd woman, and 1st woman and 2nd man, giving right hands, turn one and a half times to change places

17 – 24 2nd and 1st couples dance rights and lefts.

25 – 28 2nd and 1st couples dance a half ladies chain.

29 – 32 1st and 2nd couples, giving right hands, turn partners ot original places.

33 – 40 1st and 2nd couples dance four hands round and back, finishing in the middle of the set, facing partner with both hands joined.

41 – 48 1st and 2nd couples dance a poussette

Repeat having passed a couple.

Collected in Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Original Tune Dumfries House (J. Riddell, 1766)

 

 

Candyfloss
32 bar strathspey for three couples in a three couple longwise set

1 – 4 1st and 3rd couples set and turn three quarters with the right hand into the middle of the dance (1st man and 3rd woman back to back), ready for a reel of four.

5 – 8 1st and 3rd couples dancehalf a right shoulder reel of four; at the end 1st man and 3rd woman give left hands and turn a to end between the second couple.

9 – 12 2nd woman, 1st man, 3rd woman, and 2nd man dance half a right shoulder reel of four

13 – 16 2nd woman with 1st man and 3rd woman with 2nd man set, change places giving left hand and the 2nd couple passing left.

17 – 20 2nd man with 1st couple, and 2nd woman with 3rd couple dnace right hands across in “second corners” positions.

21 – 24 While 1st couple turn with both hands in third placem and 3rd couple turn with both hands in first place, 2nd couple pass left shoulders to dance out through the sidelines, 2nd man between 3rd and 1st women and 2nd woman between 1st and 3rd men, and dance clockwise halfway round the set to second place on own sides. All take promenade hold facing up.

25 – 32 3rd, 2nd and 1st coupls dance a 6 bar promenade then 3rd couple cast off to second place, 2nd couple dance up to first place, and 1st couple return to third place, finishing 2, 3, 1.

Repeat with a new top couple

Devised by Veronica Hughes of Brighouse.

 

Jovial Jack
32 bar reel for three couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 8 1st couple dance reels of three on own sides. 1st and 2nd men passing right shoulders, 1st and 2nd women passing left shoulders.

9 – 16 1st couple lead down the middle for three steps and up for three steps and cast to second place facing down. 2nd couple step up on bars 15 – 16.

17 – 20 1st and 3rd couples set and turn (men by the right hand, women by the left) 1st couple finish facing up

21 – 24 1st and 2nd couples turn (men by the left hand, women by the right) and all three couples set.

25 – 23 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples circle round and back.

Repeat having passed a couple.

To start the third and alternate turns the 4th couple dance up into the reel as 1st couple step down into their place.

Devised by Brenda Burnell to celebrate Jack Oliver’s 80th birthday on December 1st 2008 at the Askwith class

Dances for June 15, 2017 – Roy Goldring

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This week’s theme is dances by Roy Goldring from the book Auld Friends Meet. Just the one video this week.

Video: Jim Johnston’s Reel

Jim Johnstone’s Reel
32 bar reel for 3 couples

1 – 8 Reels of three on the sides. To begin: 1st couple cross down to second place, 2nd couple dance out and up, 3rd couple dance in and up.

9 – 12 1st couple (now on opposite sides) dance down the middle; 1st woman, followed by her partner, casts up behind 3rd man to finish side by side, taking nearer hands briefly as they dance through 2nd man’s place. 2nd couple step up on bars 11 – 12.
13 – 16 1st woman with 2nd couple dance left hands across. 1st man with 3rd couple dance right hands across.

17 – 20 1st couple dance out through the woman’s side; 1st woman, followed by her partner, casts up around 2nd woman. As they begin to dance down the middle they take nearer hands briefly.
21 – 24 1st woman with 2nd and 3rd men dance right hands across. 1st man with 2nd and 3rd women dance left hands across.

25 – 26 1st couple set to 3rd couple (who remain on the sidelines). 1st couple turn inwards on bar 26.
27 – 28 1st couple set to 2nd couple (who remain on the sidelines).
29 – 32 Releasing hands, 1st couple cross up to the top and cast off to 2nd place on own sides.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Not: 1st couple should move strongly during bars 9 – 12 and 17 – 20 but 1st woman should shorten her steps to ‘collect’ her partner towards the end of each phrase.

For Jim Johnstone – with gratitude for some wonderful music.

Tune: The Well Wynd (Jim Johnstone)

 

An Ilkley Gift
32 bar strathspey for 3 couples

1 – 2 All Set.
3 – 4 1st couple dance down to 3rd place own sides and face out. 2nd and 3rd couple dance up one place and face in.
5 – 8 1st and 3rd women turn 1 ½ times with the left hands tochange places while 1st and 3rd men turn 1 ½ times with right hands to change places.

9 – 16 1st and 3rd couples dance a double figure of eight, crossing up between 2nd couple to begin. 1st couple finish in third place. 3rd couple finish in 2nd place.

17 – 18 All set.
19 – 20 1st couple dance up to the top on own sides and face out. 2nd and 3rd couples dance down one place and face in.
21 – 24 1st and 2nd women turn 1 ½ times with right hands to change places while 1st and 2nd men turn 1 ½ times with left hands to change places. 2nd couple finish facing out.

25 – 32 Reels of three on own sides. To begin: 2nd couple dance out and down, 1st couple cross up to the top, 3rd couple dance out and up. On bars 29 – 30, 1st couple cross down through 3rd place and cast up to finish in 2nd place.

Repeat having passed a couple

Devised in 2007 and given to RSCDS Pretoria Branch who published thedance in ‘Many Happy Hours’.

Tune: Roy Goldring of Ilkley (Muriel Johnstone)

 

The Invitation Dance
23 bar jig for 3 couples

1 – 4 1st man crosses over passing partner by theright (no hands given) and casts off one place. Meanwhile 1st woman dances in, pulls back right shoulder and follows her partner. 1st couple finish side by side in 2nd place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3 – 4.
5 – 8 1st woman dances right hands across with 2nd couple. 1st man dances left hands across with 3rd couple. 1st couple meet in the centre of the dance facing the men’s side.

9 – 16 Reel of ‘three’ on the diagonal – 1st couple with 1st corners. To begin, 1st couple in promenade hold, pass 2nd man by the right. 1st couple finish facing 3rd man.

17 – 24 Reel of ‘three’ on the diagonal – 1st couple with 2nd corners. To begin, 1st couple in promenade hold, pass 3rd man by the left. On bar 24, 1st couple begin to dance down the middle.

25 – 28 Releasing right hands, 1st man leads his partner between 3rd couple, crossing over and casting up to 2nd place on own sides.
29 – 32 All turn partner with right hands.

Repeat having passed a couple.

To help celebrate his 75th birthday, Derek Kendall asked dancers from a wide area to join him for a memorable evening at Leeds Branch. This dance was and addition to Derek’s programme.

Tune: Bakers Wood (Jim Johnstone)

Dances for June 8, 2017

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The Pair of Jeans
32 bar reel for 3 couples

1 – 8    Reels of three on the sides. To begin: 1st couple cross down, 2nd couple dance out and up, 3rd couple dance in and up. At the end of bar 8 1st and 3rd couples finish just inside the sidelines.

9 – 16    1st and 3rd couples dance rights and lefts up and down the dance. At the end of bar 16, 1st couple finish in partner’s place facing out. (3rd couple return to own places).

17 – 22    1st and 2nd couples dance ¾ double figures of eight. To begin, 1st couple cast off and 2nd couple cross up.
23 – 24    1st couple (now in 2nd place on own sides) turn just over half-way round with left hands to finish side by side in the centre of the dance, man facing 2nd couple and woman facing 3rd couple.

25 – 26    All set, 1st couple retaining left hands.
27 – 28    All set to partner. 1st couple release hands on bar 27.
29 – 30    All set, 1st woman facing 2nd couple, 1st man facing 3rd couple. 1st couple take right hands on bar 29
31 – 32    1st couple turn with right hands to 2nd place own sides.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Note:     During bars 25 – 30, 2nd and 3rd couples remain on the sidelines.
In bars 27-28, 1st couple pull back left shoulders.

For Jean Hamilton and Jean Noble whose company we enjoyed at St. Andrews Summer School.

Roy Goldring, 2006

Edinburgh Volunteers
24-bar Strathspey for three couples in a four-couple longwise set.

1 – 4    1st woman and 2nd man, giving right hands, turn once round.
5 – 8    1st couple, giving right hands, turn three quarters round to finish with 1st woman between 2nd couple and facing down and 1st man between 3rd couple, facing up. 2nd couple step up on 7-8

9 – 10    1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple set. On bar 10, 1st couple turn to the right into second places on opposite sides of the set.
11 – 12    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set on the sidelines.
13 – 16    1st couple set to each other and, giving both hands, turn to second place on own sides.

17 – 24    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands round and back

Repeat having passed a couple.

B Cooke: Selection of the Present Favourite Country Dances for the Year 1796

Original tune: The Edinburgh Volunteers (Cooke, 1796)

All the Eights
32 bar jig for three couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 6    1st couple dance reels of three on opposite sides, 1st man giving right shoulders to 3rd woman, 1st woman giving left shoulders to 3rd man.
7 – 8    1st couple dance down the middle to the centre of the set to face 3rd man in promenade hold as 2nd couple dance up to first place.

9 – 16    1st couple dance a right shoulder reel of three with 3rd man and 2nd woman to finish facing 3rd woman.

17 – 24    1st couple dance a left shoulder reel of three with 3rd woman and 2nd man.

25 – 32    1st couple lead down crossing over below the 3rd couple, casting up into second place, to dance up between 2nd couple and cast into second place.

Repeat having passed a couple.

Devised by Brenda Burnell
For Ivy Lawson on her eighty eighth birthday and was dance at the October Branch dance in 2008 when five Branch members celebrated their combined 253 years.

Dances for June 1, 2017

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Sorry, no videos for these dances.

Warmup Circle Dance

A 32 bar round the room dance for 1 couple
Craig Williams, May 2017

1 – 4     Facing partner, dance past partner and turn the next person with the right hand and pass your partner back to original places facing the person on who isn’t your partner.

5 – 8     Dance past the person you are facing and turn the next person with the right hand and pass that same person back to original places facing your partner.

9 – 12      Turn partner with the right hand
13 – 16     Turn partner with the left hand, finish facing the person on the other side (not your partner)

17 – 18    Turn the new person (new partner) with the right hand ¾ times into allemande hold facing counter-clockwise.
19 – 20    Allemande around the circle
21 – 24    Let go of left hands, woman crosses in front of the man and continue turning to finish facing the centre of the circle. Man will be on the left, woman on the right.

25 – 32    All circle round and back

Scarborough Castle
32 bar Strathspey for three couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 8     1st and 2nd couples dance the knot. 1st couple finish facing first corners

9 – 12    1st couple and first corners dance corner pass and turn. 1st couple pass right shoulder in the middle to face second corners.

13 – 16    1st couple and second corners dance corner pass and turn. 1st couple, passing right shoulders to cross over to own sides.

17 – 20    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set, then, giving right hand to partner, cross over to change places

21 – 24    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands round to the left three-quarters of the way, finish facing in lines across the dance, men facing down and women facing up.

25 – 28    All set, then, giving left hand to partner cross up and down the dance to change places.

29 – 32    All dance six hands round to the right three-quarters of the way, finishing in order 2, 1, 3 on own sides.

Devised by Ann Dix
For Yvonne Tredgett to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Leeds Branch Weekend at Scarborough 2012.

Mo’ili’ili Jig
32 bar jig for three couples

1 – 4    1st couple turn once round by the right hand, returning to place

5 – 8    1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across once round, return to place with 1st lady facing out.

9 – 16    1st lady followed by her partner casts round 2nd lady, crosses up through first man’s place, casts off round 2nd man and crosses to second place, own side facing down. 1st man ends in second place, own side facing down. 2nd couple step up on bars 16 and 16 and face down.

17 – 24    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on their own sides, 1st couple giving right shoulders to 3rd couples to begin. 3rd couple finish the reels facing up.

25 – 28    1st and 3rd couple dance right hands across once round.

29 – 32    1st and 2nd ladies and 1st and 2nd men turn by the left hands once round. 1st couple ends in second place ready to begin again.

Mo’ili’ili (pronounced mo-eelee-eelee) is the neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Mary and David taught Scottish Country Dance for many years.

Music: “Here’s a Health to them that’s Awa” (traditional)

Devised by Mary Brandon in 2000

The Bob of Fettercairn
24-bar reel for two couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 8    1st and 2nd couples dance four hands round and back.

9 – 16    1st couple lead down the middle and up, finishing in the middle of the set facing up. 2nd couple step in.

17 – 24    1st and 2nd couples dance an allemande

Repeat, having passed a couple.

William Campbell: 11th Book of New and Favourite Country Dances and Strathspey Reels, London 1790.

Original tune: The Bob of Fettercairn (Wm. Campbell, 1796 – air known earlier as “Come kiss with me, come clap with me” First published in music for Ramsay’s Miscellany, 1725)

Dances for May 25, 2017

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Prince of Orange

16-bar jig for one couple facing another in a round-the-room formation. Each man has his partner on his right

1 – 8    All couples, joining nearer hands, advance and retire, twice.
9 – 10    All couples clap hands three times
11 – 12    All couple beat with the heel three times.
13 – 16    All couples advance, passing the person opposite by the right, to meet another couple

Lord MacDonald’s Reel

32-bar reel for three couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 4     1st couple set and cast off two places. 2nd and 3rd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5 – 8     1st couple set and cast up to first place, 2nd and 3rd couples step down on bars 7-8.
9 – 16    1st couple lead down the middle and up and cast off one place to face first corners. 2nd couple step up on bars 15-16
17 – 24    1st couple set to and turn corners to finish between them facing first corners
25 – 30    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on the sides. 1st couple pass first corners by the left to begin
31 – 32    1st couple, giving right hands, cross over to second place on own sides.

Lennox Love to Blantyre

32-bar Strathspey for three couples in a four couple longwise set

1 – 4    1st couple, giving right hands, cross over and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5 – 8    1st and 3rd couples dance right hands across halfway round.
9 – 12    1st couple set twice
13 – 16    3rd and 1st couples dance half rights and lefts, 1st couple finish facing first corners.
17 – 24    1st couple set to and turn corners to finish between them facing first corners.
25 – 30    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on the sides, 1st couple pass first corners by the left to begin.
31 – 32    1st couple, giving right hands, cross over to second place on own sides.

Repeat, having passed a couple

Lennoxlove House near Edinburgh is the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton

Nifty Ninety

32 bar reel for nine dancers arranged in three lines of three

7 8 9
4 5 6
1 2 3
Top

1 – 8    Dancer 5 dances a reel time setting step as the others dance eight hands round and back

9 – 16    Dancer 5 dances a right shoulder reel of three with dancers 1 and 9. Dancers 2, 3 and 6 dance right hands across and back. Dancers 4, 7 and 8 dance right hands across and back.

17 – 24    Dancer 5 dances a left shoulder reel of three with dancers 3 and 7. Dancers 1, 2 and 4 dance right hands across and back. Dancers 6, 8 and 9 dance right hands across and back.

25 – 28    Dancers 1, 2 and 3 set to dancers 4, 5 and 6 and change places passing right shoulders, dancers 4, 5 and 6 making arches

29 – 32    Dancers 1, 2 and 3 set to dancers 7, 8 and 9 and change places passing right shoulders, dancers 7, 8 and 9 making arches

Repeat twice more from new positions