Dances for June 15, 2017 – Roy Goldring

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

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

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

Sorry, no videos are available for these dances.

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

Dances for September 4, 2014

Dragonfly
32 bar Jig for 3 couples – Bob McMurtry 2005

1-8    2nd couples followed by 1st couple, nearer hands joined dance down the middle for three bars and back, 1st couple leading, 2nd couple following. 1st couple casts off one place, while 2nd couple dances into first place on bars 7 & 8.

9-16    1st couple set and dance La Baratte, retain left hands (bar 16) and turn a quarter turn more to the left, 1st man will end facing between 2nd couple, 1st woman facing between 3rd couple.

17-24    1st man dance a left shoulder reel of three across the dance by passing left shoulder with 2nd man, while 1st woman starts left shoulder reel of three pass left shoulders with 3rd woman. 1St couple turn by the right hadn on bars 23-24 three quarter to face the same end couples

25-32    Right shoulder reels fo three across the dance, 1st man passes right shoulder with 2nd woman, while 1st woman passes right shoulder with 3rd man. 1st couple slow down on the last bars to end in second place, own sides. Repeat having passed a couple.

Dance Notes: Bars 17-32, reels continue for 16 bars Careful phrasing required to keep reels, 8 bars each. 3rd couple, at the end of bar 32, need to be ready to start the dance as 2nd couple. 1st couple dance both reels wiht the same couples.

Music: Dragonfly by Bob McMurtry

Miss Katy B, 32R 4C (4C Set), Alasdair Gray

1-8     All dance 8H round to left for 3 bars, pivot left & chase back to places
9-16    1s+2s also 3s+4s dance LH across, then turning right about dance RH across & 1s end BtoB between 2s Man facing Lady
17-24    1s dance the Spurtle: 1s dance 1/2 reel of 4 with 2s & turn partner RH to face 3s, 1s dance 1/2 reel of 4 with 3s & turn partner RH to face 4s
25-32    1s dance 1/2 reel with 4s & turn RH to 4th place opposite sides, all set & cross RH 1s ending in 4th place

Chesterton or The Spinning Wheel
Strathspey – 2 couples (8×32)

1-4    1st and 2nd couples set to each other in the side lines, then set to partner

5-8    1st couple turn right hand once and a half and cast off into 2nd place  on the opposite side while 2nd couple turn right hand once round and lead up into top place.

9-16    1st and 2nd couples dance the Spinning Wheel: 1st and 2nd couples dance right hands across and back with the left: on bar 2 and again on bar 4 women cast behind men and rejoin the wheel, and on bar 5 and again on bar 7 men cast behind women and rejoing the wheel. All finish this movement where they began it.

17-24    1st and 2nd couples dance ladies chain.

25-28    1st couple dance half a figure of eight through 2nd couple

29-32    1st couple rith right hand once round

Jackie Johnstone – Loreburn Book

The Wallaces’s Welcome
Reel – 3 couples (8×32)

1-4    1st couple turn right hands half way between 2nd couple, join left hands with 2nd couple and set.

5-8    1st man turning quickly, leads parther up the dance and cast off into 2nd place on the opposite side, 2nd couple step up.

9-16    1st woman dances a reel of three with 2nd couple, while 1st man dances a reel of three with 3rd couple, finish in the middle of the dance, side by side, facing up.

17-20    1st woman left hands across with 2nd and 3rd men, while 1st man dances right hands across with 2nd and 3rd women.

21-24    1st couple leading up cast off to 3rd place and meet in the middle.

25-28    1st couple lead up crossing over to cast off into 2nd place on own side, (2nd couple stepping up).

29-32    1st 2nd and 3rd couples turn partners by the right hand once round.

Jackie Johnstone, The Loreburn Dances, Book Three

Fyrefly Reel
32 bar Reel for 3 couples – Bob McMurtry

1-4    1st, 2nd and 3rd couples set on the sides and cross over giving right hands

5-8    1st, 2nd and 3rd couples set on opposite sides and turn both hands , pas de Basque, half way round to face down, nearer hands joined.

9-16    All three couples dance down for four bars and back. 1st couple cast into second place on bars 15 & 16 while 2nd couple dance to top place.

17-24    1st woman dances a figure of eight around 2nd couple, while 1st man dances a figure of eight around 3rd couple. Woman dances up, passing left shoulder with 2nd man, while man dances down, passing left shoulder with 3rd woman to begin. 1st couple end facing first corners. (Reel of three across may be substituted form more experienced dancers.)

25-32    1st couple tunr, first corner, partner, second corner, partner back to own sides in second place.

Dances for August 21, 2014

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

1-4    1st couple set and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4

5-8    1st couple dance a half figure of eight round 2nd couple.

9-16    1st man and 2nd couple, 1st woman and 3rd couple dance a reel of three across the set. 1St and 2nd men, 1st and 3rd woman pass by the left to begin, 1st couple finish in second place on opposite sides.

17-20    1st couple set and, giving right hands, turn three quarters to finish in the middle of the set facing opposite sides, 1st man above his partner

21-24    1st man and 2nd couple, 1st woman and 3rd couple dance left hands across, 1st couple finish in second place on own sides.

25-32    2nd and 1st couples dance rights and lefts.

Devised by Moira Stacey,

If we have four couple sets we will try this:

Solway Sands
Strathspey – 4 Couples (2×40)

Dancers standing as follows
2M 2W 3W 3M
Top
1M 1W 4W 4M

1-4    1st and 3rd couples set to partner and turn once round left hands, 2nd and 4th couples set to partner and turn once round with right hands

5-8    1st and 2nd men cast off one place, lead up and cast off again into partner;s place, while 1st and 2nd woman lead up, cast off one place and lead up again into partners place. (At the same time) 3rd and 4th women cast up one place, lead down and cast up again into partners place, while 3rd and 4th women lead down, cast up one place and lead down again into partners place.

9-16    Men dance right hands across once round, change place with partners left hands (women now back to back in the centre of the set) all set to partners.

17-24    All dance quadruple reels of four. (All begin by passing partner wight shoulders) women dance diagonal reels while men dance reels across the dance. Women finish facing each other.

25-28    Women dacne four hands round to the right, finish with the long inward turn to face partners.

29-32    Set to partners, 1st adn 3rd couples turning right hands, 2nd and 4th couples turing left hands. Finish with the women in the corners and their partners beside them.

33-40    All dance eight hands round and back again.

Repeat. Women are now in the corners for this repeat.

If we don’t have four couple sets we may try this:

Aspen Circle Strathspey
40-bar strathspey or 3 couples in a 3 couple set

1-8    1st and 2nd couples Set and Rotate

9-12    1st man with 3rd couple and also 1st woman with 2nd couple dance right hands across

13-16    1st man with 2nd couple and also 1st woman with 3rd couple dance left hands across.

17-22    All three couples advance and retire for 1 bar each, cross by the right hand, advance and retire (1 bar each)

23-24 2nd couple at the top cross by the right hand to original place while 1st couple turn once round by the left hand to face down while 3rd couple turn once round by the right hand to face up. 1St and 3rd couples remain in the center of the dance

25-32    1st and 3rd couples dance the Scissor Progression:
25-26    1st adn 3rd couples set advancing (beginning with a small step to the right) to pass right shoulder with facing dancer.
27-28    All dance clockwise one place to end 1st couple on the men’s side, 3rd couple on the women’s side, facing across the dance. The women are in 2nd place, the men in 3rd place.
29-30    1st and 3rd couples set advancing (beginning with a small step to the right) to pass right shoulder with facing dancer.
31-32    All dance clockwise one place to finish in progressed places on own sides (2 3 1)

33-40    Circle six hands wound and back.

Devised by Ellen McRanor

The Aspen Circle was our home before we moved to Parrish twelve years ago.

The Silver Castle Reel
A 40 Bar Reel for 3 couples in a 4 couple set

1-8    1st, 2nd adn 3rd couples join hands on the side and set. All three couples advance with setting step. Men turn parthers three quarter turn to form a stright line in the middle fo the dance, then dance out to place, all face clockwise.

9-16    With 1st mand leading, all three couples dance round clockwise in a circle finishing in the middle of the dance ready for…

17-24    1st, 2nd and 3rd coupels promenade. 1st couple cast off to meet in 2nd place in promenade hold facing 2nd man. 2nd couple dance up to the top.

25-32    1st couple, dancing together, dance a half reel of three diagonally across the dance with 2nd man and 3rd lady. They begin by giving right shoulder to 2nd man. 1st couple continue dancing a reel of three with the 3rd man and 2nd lady , giving right shoulder to 3rd man

33-40    2nd and 3rd couples dance half rights and lefts while 1st couple dance between 2nd and 2rd men who are on the ladies’ side of the dance, they divide, man casts up and the lady casts down to meet in the centre of the dance in 2nd place. 2Nd, 1st and 3rd couples turn [artners by the right hand to finish  2,1,3,4

This dance was devised by Jimmy Taylor in 1985m to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Stirling Castle Scottish Country Dance Group.

Winnie’s Home
32 bar Reel – two couples in a four coulple set

1-8    First and second couples circle rounf and back

9-16    First couple 4 slip steps done the centre of the dance, 4 slip steps up to the top of the set and cast off to second place, second couple step up on bars 7 &  8.

17-24    Second couple 4 slip steps down the centre of the dance, 4 slip steps up to the top of the set and cast off to second place first couple stepping up on bars 7 &  8.

25-32    First couple dance a half figure of 8 around the second couple, cross over giving right hand and cast off to second place, second couple stepping up on bars 7 & 8.

Dances for August 14, 2014

The Lincoln Imp
32 bar Jig for 3 couples in a 4 couple set.

1–4        1st & 2nd men, Set & Link. Finishing with 1 st man facing out in 2nd place & 2nd man in top place facing in.
5–8        2nd, 1st & 3rd men, dance a half reel of three. 1st & 3rd men pass left to
begin. 1 St man curves by the left to finish in 2 nd place facing in on bar#8. At the same time, 1st & 2nd women dance Set & Link, finishing with 1st woman in 2nd place facing in and 2nd woman in top place facing out.
9–16    1st & 2nd men, Set & Link. Flow into a half reel of three, with 2nd man
passing 3rd man by the left to begin. Bar #16, the men are in the order 1 2 3 on their own side with 1st man facing out. At the same time, 2nd , 1st & 3rd woman dance a reel of three on the side, with 1st & 3rd woman passing left to begin. Bar #16 the women are in the order 2 1 3 on their own side.
17–24    Figure of 8 Chase: 1st man, followed by his partner, casts off one place, dances diagonally up to cast off behind 2 nd woman, crossing into 2nd place on his own side, as 1 st woman finishes in 2 nd place on her own side. 2nd man steps up on bars 19 & 20.
25–32    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands round to the left and back.

Deirdre MacCuish Bark: September 2013:
For Keith, who comes from Lincoln & sang in the Cathedral with his school choir.
Music: The Lincoln Imp: Muriel Johnstone Scotscores 2013

The Lincoln Imp, is said in legend, to have been sent by the devil to plague the clergy in Lincoln Cathedral. He was blown in the great west doors, by the west wind and blew out the candles, scattered the hymn sheets & attacked the choristers. He flew into the angel choir & when he threatened to pluck out the angels’ feathers, the smallest angel turned him into stone. He can be found today near the top of one of the pillars in the cathedral.

The Quinte Gathering
A Reel for 3 couples

Inscribed to the Belleville Scottish Country Dance Society for their wonderful workshops.

1–8        1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance crossover reels of 3, all couples crossing to the opposite sides when they reach the top.

9–16    As 2nd couple continue to dance up into 1st place, 1st couple cross down, giving left hands, through 2nd place. 1st couple cast to their right, 1st woman down around 3rd man (in 3rd woman’s place) and 1st man up around 2nd woman (in top place). 1st  couple change places, giving right hands, up and down the middle of the set and cast to their right, 1st woman between 2nd couple and 1st man between 3rd couple. They finish with left hands joined in a diagonal line between 2nd corner positions. (1st woman is above her partner; hands are not joined with 2nd man and 3rd woman.)

Corner Targe
17–18     1st couple turn by the left ¾ , while corners dance clockwise to the next corner.
19–20    1st couple turn the person in 1st corner positions by the right hand once round (1st man with 3rd woman, 1st woman with 2nd man). 3rd man and 2nd woman set.
21–22    1st couple turn by the left hand ¾, while the corners dance clockwise to the next corner.
23–24    1st couple turn the person in 2nd corner position by the right hand once round (1st man with 3rd woman, 1st woman with 2nd man). 3rd man and 2nd woman set. 1st couple finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides.

25–28    1st couple dance ½ reels of 3 on the sides, 1st woman giving left shoulder to 3rd man to begin, 1st man giving left shoulder 2nd woman to begin.  1st couple finish in 2nd place on opposite sides.

29-32    1st man dances up between 2nd couple and casts off on the men’s side to 2nd place while 1st woman dances down between 3rd couple and casts up on the woman’s side to 2nd place.

Craig Williams
March 2003

Ehlana’s Strathspey
32-bar Strathspey for 3 couples in a 3-couple set

1-4    1st couple dance in and cast off one place, 2nd couple stepping up on bars 3-4.

5-8    1st couple dance half figure of eight: 1st woman around 2nd man, 1st man around 3rd woman to end in 2nd place on opposite sides.

9-20    All three couples dance rights and lefts for three.
21-24    1st couple dance a half figure of eight: 1st woman around 3rd woman, 1st man around 2nd man.

25-32    1st and 3rd couples dance “The Rose” progression:

25-26    1st man and 3rd woman set to each other while 1st woman and 3rd man change places giving right hands to end facing out
27-28    1st man and 3rd woman half turn with both hands to face each other on the diagonal with hands joined while 1st woman dances up to 2nd man’s place and 3rd man dances down to 3rd woman’s place.
29-30    1st man & 4rd woman cast  to their right, dance ou tto opposite corner, while 1st woman & 3rd man half turn both hands to face each other on the diagonal with hands joined.
31-32    1st man & 3rd woman dance across to progressed positions on their own side while 1st woman & 3rd man cast to the right to finish on progressed positions on own sides (2 3 1)

Note: All movements in “The Rose” should be dances in as round a shape as possible

Devised by Ellen McRanor
Dedicated to my granddaughter Ehlana
Suggested Tune: The Birks of Invermay

Tap the Barrel
32-bar reel for three couples in a three couple longwise set

1-2    1st woman and 3rd man, giving right hands, change places

3-4    1st man and 3rd woman, giving right hands, change places

5-6    2nd couple, giving right hands, cross over

7-8    3rd, 2nd and 1st couples, giving right hands, turn half way to finish in the middle of the set, facing up in allemande hold.

9-16    3rd, 2nd and 1st couples dance an allemande

17-20    1st couple set and cast off one place. 2nd couple step down on bars 19-20

21-24    3rd couple set and cast up one place. 1st couple step down on bars 23-24

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

Devised by Sue Burridge, London Branch
The title was inspired by the tune The Ale Wife and Her Barrel
RSCDS Third Graded Book

Dances for August 7, 2014

Friday Night Reel
32 bar reel for 3 couples

1-8        1st couple lead down the middle for three steps and back for three steps and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 7 & 8

9-16    1st and 3rd couples dance right hands across and left hands back

17-24    1st couple dance a figure of eight by dancing between 2nd couple to begin.

25-32    2nd and 1st couples dance rights and lefts.

Repeat having passed a couple

Bob McMurtry – Dragonfly

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle
(pronounced ave-an-soo-ee)
32-bar strathspey for three couples in a four couples longwise set

1-4        1st and 2nd couples set, with nearer hands joined, then 1st couple  cast off to second place while 2nd couple, giving nearer hands, dance up and cast into top place

5-8        1st couple turn 1-1/2 times with the left hand to face their first corners.

9-10    1st couple set to first corners.

11-14    1st couple pulling right shoulder back, cast through partners’s 1st corner position, then curve to their right, 1st woman dancing up the set between the 3rd couple and 1st man dancing down the set between the 2nd couple. Meanwhile, on bar 11, 2nd man and 3rd woman dance towards each other, on bar 12 they turn each other once round with the right hand, then dance back to 1st corner position.

15-16    1st couple turn once round with the right hand to face their 2nd corners.

17-18    1st couple set to second corners.

19-22    1st couple pulling right shoulder back, cast through partner’s 2nd corner position, then curve to their right, passing through second place on their own side on bar 22. Meanwhile, on bar 19 3rd man and 2nd woman dance towards each other, on bar 20, they turn each other once round with the right hand, then dance back to 2nd corner’s position.

23-24    1st couple, cross giving right hands to finish facing out in second place on the opposite sides of the set

25-32    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a reel of 3 on the opposite side, with 1st couple passing their first corners by the right shoulder to begin. On bars 31-32, 1st woman crosses up to second place and 1st man crosses down to second place on their own sides, while 2nd and 3rd couples finish the rels.

Devised by Deirre MacCuish Bark, Mississauga, written on the Isle of Harris: October 2012 Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Isle of Harris, was build in1867 by the Earl of Dunmore.

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 theri 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 theri 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 wasd 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 with is the stat flower of Colorado, USA

Craigleith
88-bar reel for four couples in a square set

1-8    1st and 3rdc ouples dance rights and lefts. 1st and 3rd men finish facing out.

9-16    1st adn 3rd coupels dance a ladies’ chain

17-32    2nd and 4th couples repeat bars 1-16

33-36    All four women advance and retire.

37-40    All four women dance right hands across, finish facing out.

41-48    All four women dance clockwise all the way rounf the outside of the set, dancing behind partners to begin.

49-52    All four men advance and retire

53-56    All four men dance left hands across, finish facing out.

57-64    All four men dance anti-clockwise all the way round the outside of the set, dancing behind partners to begin.

65-70    1st and 3rd couples, taking promenade hold, dance round the inside of the set to original places, men passing by the left.

71-72    1st and 3rd couples set, facing into the centre.

73-78    2nd and 4th couples taking promenade hold, dance round the inside of the set to original places, women passing by the right.

79-80    2nd and 4th couples set, facing inwards

81-88    All four couples dance eight hands round and back.

Devised by Roy Goldring for Dorothy Leurs
RSCDS 3rd Graded Book

Dances for July 24, 2014

PURDY PINK BAND SHOES    
32-bar jig for two couples in a three or four-couple longwise set                by Elaine Hoag

1–2         1st and 2nd couples set advancing to join right hands with partners, 1st woman and 2nd man joining left hands in balance-in-line formation.

3–4        1st and 2nd couples balance in line.

5–6        1st and 2nd couples turn partners with the right hand half way round.

7–8        1st man and 2nd woman turn with the left hand three quarters of the way round while 1st woman and 2nd man dance clockwise one quarter of the way round them to finish facing partners in a line across the dance.

9–16    1st and 2nd couples dance a reel of four across the dance. On bars 15-16, 1st woman and 2nd man, having briefly passed left shoulders on bar 14, curve towards the right to finish at the ends of a line of four up and down the middle of the dance. While 1st man and 2nd woman complete the reel by briefly passing left shoulders with one another on bar 16 to face partners. (Fig. 2) All finish in a line up and down the middle of the dance facing partners, women facing up and men facing down. (Fig. 3)

17–24    2nd and 1st couples dance a reel of four up and down the middle of the set.

25–28    2nd and 1st couples set to partners and dance a petronella turn to own sides.

29–32    2nd and 1st couples turn partner with the right hand once round.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

Dedicated to Ardbrae member Deborah Connors who dances in “purdy” hot pink shoes and brings so much energy and joy to her dancing.

Suitable recorded music (6 x 32 bars):
‘Purdy Pink Band Shoes’ by The Music Makars on , Catch the Wind, Track 9.

Hana
Alex Gray, The Tweeddale Collection, Vol. 4
A 32 bar strathspey for three couples in a four couple set

1-8    1st couple cross down giving right hands between the 2nd couple, cast round th e3rd couple on the opposite side, cross giving right hands between the 3rd couple and cast round the 2nd couple to own place

9-16    1st, 2nd and 3rd couples turn partner right hand (4 steps), and then turn left hand.

17-24    1st and 2nd couples dance the helix (Set advancing towards partner and passing by the left shoulder finish back to back, cast by the right round each other towards own position, half turn partner right hand, 1st and 2nd ccouples hald right hands across to finish on own sides)

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

THORNYCROFT    32Reel 2C

1- 8    1M and 2W dance across the set passing their standing partner by the right shoulder and cast, man down and woman up, to changes place.  They turn 1-1/2 times with the right hand to return to places.

9 -16    1W and 2M repeat bars 1 – 8 but pass partner left shoulder before casting.  Thy turn 1-1/2 times with the left hand to return to places.

17-24    1C, joining both hands, slip down the middle and up, finishing in the centre ready for:

25-32    Poussette

Dances for July 17, 2014

The Double Dragon
32bar Reel for 3 couples – Bob McMurtry, Dragon Fly

1-8        1st couple dance a figure of eight on own sides, begin by dancing down between the 2nd couple.

9-16    1st couple lead down the middle and back, 2nd couple step in on bar 16

17-24    1st and 2nd couples dance an Allemande.

25-32    2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a mirror reel of three on the sides. 1St couple begin by dancing between the 3rd couple.

Untitled Dance
32 bar reel for 3 couples, Craig Williams

1-8    1st couple turn with the right hand and stay together right hands joined facing down. 1st couple lead down, cross over and cast up around 3rd couple to 2nd place and dance in to finish back to back facing 1st corners. 2nd couple step up on 3 & 4

9-16    1st couple set to corners and partner. Finish by pulling back right shoulder to face 2nd corner

17-20    1st couple & 2nd corners dance a 1/2 reel of four, at the end 1st couple give left hands to turn to face 1st corners
21-24    1st couple & 1st corners dnace a 1/2 reel of four at the end 1st couple give left hands to turn to 2nd place on own side

25-28    3rd, 1st and 2nd couples chase clockwise 1/2 way round the set
29-32    1st couple turn 1 1/2 times with right hand.

The Hypochondriac’s Delight
A 32 Bar Strathspey for Three Couples
Devised by Claudette Sigg, California Gold

1-6    1st couple cast into 2nd place, while 2nd couple step up. 1St couple dances a half figure of eight around 2nd couple, crossing up to begin and finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides of the dance.

7-8    1st couple dance around each other by the left shoulder, ending facing 1st corner

9-16    1st couple set to corners and partner, and finish back to back in the center of the dance facing 2nd corners

17-20    Giving right shoulder to 2nd corners, 1st couple dance a half reel of three on the side of the dance with their corners

21-24    While corners continue the reel of three on the side, 1st lady crosses up into 1st place on the ladies’ side of the dance and 1st man crosses down into 3rd place in men’s side of the dance; lady casts down and mand casts up into second place on their own sides of the dance, thus completing the second half of the reel

25-28    1st couple dance back to back while 2nd and 3rd couples set twice

29-32    1st couple sets twice while 2nd and 3rd couple dance back to back.

Dancing with Deirdre
32 bar Jig for 2 couples – Bob McMurtry, Dragonfly

1-6    1st woman casts off one place, dances below 2nd couple, across to opposite side, casts up round 2nd man, to end in the middle, behind partner, facing women’s side. Meanwhile 1st man dances down between the 2nd couple, casts right sround 2nd man, to end at the top in the middle facing woman’s side of the dance, his partner behind him

7-8    1st couple set, turning to face down, ending in promenade hild on the last step.

9-16    1st couple dance a reel of three across the dance with the 2nd couple. 1st couple begins by passing left shoulders with 2nd woman and end in the middle, top place, facing down.

17-20    1st couple, releasing hands, dance between the 2nd couple and cast up one place to partner’s side.

21-24    1st couple dance a half figure of eight between the 2nd couple, ending in the middle with both hands joined, 2nd couple step in on the last bar joining both hands.

25-32    1st and 2nd couple dance a poussette