The Ghillie Gazette

The September/October 2013 newsletter of the Portland Oregon Branch of the R.S.C.D.S.

Reel of Three at the Highland Games

Reel of Three at the Portland Highland Games

President’s Message

by Linda Gertz

Welcome back to another fun year of Scottish Country dancing! Hope you all had an enjoyable summer. Don & I spent ours getting our yard redone with nature-scaping. We have lots of mostly native plants in our yard that are suppose to take little care once established, leaving us free to do one of my favorite things - travel! (We will miss the first two Mondays of class because of traveling to Zion & Bryce National Parks.)

Saturday, October 12th, beginning at 7:30 pm, our monthly dance will be a “Come Dressed as a Dance” themed party. I look forward to seeing what people create. We will have a list of dances to give you ideas closer to October. On Saturday, November 9th, we are thrilled to have Scottish Rose playing live music for us to dance to! They are great, so you need to come & hear them. We will also have the Bizarre Bazaar at the November party - a time to bring things you no longer need or want to send on to a new home. Looking forward to fun times and making happy memories with you while dancing.

Teacher’s Corner

by Don Gertz

Welcome back to a new year of Scottish Country Dancing, or as Evelyn Hood subtitled her book “The Darling Diversion”.

I hope everyone had a good summer and are as raring to dance as I am. We have a fun and special year ahead of us. We’re celebrating our 25th year as a Branch and our 35th annual workshop and ball, so put March 8, 2014 on your calendars now. It sure doesn’t seem that many years have slipped by.

Our branch is so good at welcoming new dancers to our family. I’d like to encourage everyone to try to bring at least one new person to class and share the joy of dancing with them.

Music is such an important part of dancing, that I often get caught up in the wonderful melodies and occasionally forget to join in on time. Don’t be surprised if it happens to you too. But do try to be ready to dance with the music. Though we have to rely on CDs most of the time, we will be having Scottish Rose play for our November dance and will have live music (to be announced) for the workshop & ball. Luckily, there are a lot of great CDs available now. I had to rely on about 10 LPs when I started teaching. I still use the re-mastered CDs for a number of those LPs because they’re classics. It really doesn’t matter if the music is new or old. When the band starts playing, you have to dance to it.

Happy dancing!

High Desert Workshop and Ball October 5, 2013

by Susan Allely

It is time again for the High Desert Scottish Country Dance Ball on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Redmond, Oregon. Our guest teacher this year is Marjorie Mc​Laughlin from San Diego, CA. For more information, email Susie: or check out our website: http://www.hdccd.com.

The theme this year is “Just for the Fun of It!” So, all the dances on our program are Fun, Familiar and Easy to Remember. All but two of these dances are on You​Tube for you to watch and refresh your mind to help this ball be fun and relaxing. No stress allowed. Just come, learn from the workshop and dance at the ball.

The two dances that are not on You​Tube are “Just for the Fun of it” (could not pass that one up) and “The High Desert Celtic Society Triumph” is a dance that our guest teach, Marjorie, really likes.

I hope you will find the program just enough of a challenge, but not so much that it will take away from the fun. It’s a party. Just for the fun of it!

What is the I.F.M. Fund?

by Linda Gertz

Some club members may wonder “What is the I.F.M. Fund”? It is the Ian & Florrie Milligan Memorial Fund (so should really be the I.F.M.M. Fund). They are a couple who moved here from Scotland and missed Scottish Country Dancing. So in the 50’s they started inviting people to dance at their home the first Saturday of each month. The number of people grew to where their home was too small of a venue, so they moved to several places before landing at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Don danced with their group before starting up the Portland RSCDS group. They didn’t teach foot-work at the Milligan’s dances. You just did the dance and tried to copy someone’s foot-work who looked like they knew what they were doing.

A Scholarship Fund was set up in 1983 to help Don Gertz go to Scotland for his teacher’s certificate. It was funded by a garage sale. When Ian passed away in 1986 our group established the Ian Milligan Scholarship Fund with $100 in it and had a long term paper drive headed by Vern Field to support it (until recycling came into being). The purpose of the fund was for teacher training. When Florrie passed away, we changed the name to the Ian and Florrie Milligan Memorial Fund. Another change was made to have the fund not only cover teacher training, but to also cover musician training, as the club wanted to aid a musician going to a workshop. The board authorized moving $500 to the fund and to let people know about how to apply for it.

If you are a teacher or musician or if you want to take classes to become a teacher or musician, you apply by writing the board a letter stating what the class is, how taking the class/training will help the branch and the cost of the class. The board will then make a decision on the request. We considered setting a limit - like half the cost of the class, instead the board decided it would look at each case individually to determine the amount the club will cover for each case. This fund has gone unused for quite a while, mostly due to members not knowing of its availability. So now you know about it!

July 2013 RSCDS Portland Branch Treasurer’s Report

by Pat Taylor

Beginning balance June 30, 2013

5056.83

Income

Monday class

281.00

Adjustment to TAC m’ship payment

2.38

Visa payment

$114.20 + $3.42 fee

Membership dues

7.00

Subtotal

290.38

5347.21

Disbursements

Rents

230.00

Teachers

230.00

Ghillie Gazette expenses

10.86

Soohoo-Hui wedding gift

54.45

Checks order

30.23

Subtotal

555.54

4791.67

Balance as of July 31, 2013

4791.67

Fund balances as of July 31, 2013:

Fundraising

3076.50

Monday class

646.17

Saturday dance

40.75

Demo team

415.01

Workshop/Ball

468.92

Membership

1038.12

Ghillie Gazette

533.06

I.F.M. Fund

672.91

Operations

(2099.77)

Total

4791.67

Eugene Branch Welcomes New Certified SCD Teacher Kalindi Devi-Dasi

by Leone Burger

It’s my great pleasure to announce that we now have a new Certified SCD teacher here in Eugene! Our class member, Kalindi Devi-Dasi, has successfully completed the RSCDS requirements to qualify as a Level 3 teacher (formerly known as a Preliminary Level).

A great deal of effort and determination was required on Kalindi’s part to achieve this goal. The first step was to pass a written exam, which must be taken only on a pre-determined date and under strict monitoring. Then she had to pass a dancing exam to ensure that her technique was equal to RSCDS standards. Finally, she had to demonstrate that she was able to satisfactorily teach 16 bars of an assigned combination of footwork and figures within a given time period. Kalindi traveled to St. Andrews in Scotland to be tested on her teaching section. As she traveled to Edinburgh during the following week, she received the exciting news that she had passed the exam!

Our appreciation goes out to many who helped in this effort, including our Eugene class and many of the Portland and Vancouver, WA teachers and dancers who contributed to Kalindi’s success.

Reel Runners Wear Kilts

by Holly Gibson

When the idea of a group of dancers participating in the Kilted Mile was first floated around the Portland and Southwest Washington branches, many people belied their supposed lack of speed and stamina by bolting out the door and up the street whenever they were asked if they would like to participate in the race. For some reason, the idea of running a mile in eight pounds of wool on a potentially 100 degree day didn’t really appeal to them. How absurdly rational!

In the end, there were five of us who thought the idea sounded like fun: Linda Mae Dennis, Tom Halpenny, Kate Prouty, Bryan Jones, and me. Those who were new to running were already quite active in their “real” lives and it didn’t take long to work up to four laps around the track. After several practice sessions together at a track in Vancouver, we naturally fell into a group of three runners and a group of two. This made the idea of performing different Scottish Country Dance figures quite easy, and we began to incorporate right hands across, reels, promenades, turns, and dancing back to back into our weekly practices.

Along with the running and the choreography was another very important part of the practice: ice cream. We soon formed the habit of walking to a nearby ice cream shop for a scoop of ice cream after our practice sessions. The only glitch was when the track we had been using was being resurfaced, and we had to find another place to run. Lucky for us, Vancouver has several tracks within easy walking distance of Ice Cream Renaissance. For our last two practices, we met near the ice cream shop, put on our kilts, and walked to the track. There were a few stares and shouts as we went by, but we also had people ask us what group we were with and we were able to tell them about Scottish Country Dancing.

On the day of the race, we mapped out where we would “dance” each figure in order to get maximum visibility. The trickiest part was getting the two groups of runners together to do a reel of five on the straightaway right in front of the crowd. During our normal practice sessions it had been quite easy to spot each other since there was nothing on the track; however, none of us took into account all the tents that would be on the field during the race that would be blocking our view. All the practice paid off though because as the group of three rounded the corner, the other two were just the right distance ahead to allow time for us to line up for the reel. The crowd seemed to love it and even the announcer got into the act as he called out our names as we crossed the finish line. I don’t know if the Dancing Kilted Mile will become a tradition or not, but if it does it will certainly show people that dancers do indeed have more fun.

All due credit goes to Linda Mae Dennis for having the idea of both a group of dancers running in the Kilted Mile and for all those taking part in the games to be wearing matching t-shirts (expertly designed by Maggie Hannahs) identifying us as dancers.

Thank You for Best Ever Portland Highland Games!

by Linda Mae Dennis

THANK YOU to everyone who helped out at the Portland Highland Games! It was great to see so many of the t-shirts all over the place. The Scottish Country Dancers didn’t just blend in this year.

It was a great team effort - from getting everything set up, the early performance of the Portland Branch, manning both the Portland table and the SwWA booth, getting a LOT of notice in the kilted mile, snagging people out of the crowd to dance on the upper field, and getting everything taken down and sorted out.

Even the weather cooperated - although a little on the cold side early, and a little on the hot side later. It was a wonderful day. Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks to each of you for your unique contributions. Onward and Upward!

Sally’s Ode to TAC Summer School

by Sally Palmer

Seven of us dancers went to New Brunswick for the annual TAC summer school. It was a great trip, and I wrote a poem to remember it by. I just sat down and wrote whatever came into my mind, without any planning or regard to what I’d put in or left out. I had thought maybe I’d go back and add things that I had left out, but now that it’s done, I think I’ll just leave it alone. See you in Sept - Sally

TAC Trek: An Ode to the TAC-ers of Twenty Thirteen

It all started off out at PDX in the dark of a midsummer’s day
We gathered around the departure gate, and soon we were whisked away
To the far-off lands of Acadia,
Where we wanted to dance and play.

We FINALLY alit, then we drove quite a bit, 
And then became hopelessly lost.
But not to worry, we weren’t in a hurry, 
And eventually located our host.

We stayed with Michele in a lovely dell
Among cats, goats, and cute little dogs.
And while we were there we had quite an affair
With the liquid Acadian fog.  

But we bounced right back and dried ourselves out
And continued ahead to the north.
The Chocolate River was also lost, 
But we found it and sallied forth.

Another short drive and we would arrive
At our dorms where we stayed for the school.
A  beautiful place where we had our own rooms, 
But that gym - it was HOT - never cool!

We danced and we sweated, we ate and we sang
We walked and we laughed and we ran.
And when it was done we were sad indeed,
But moving ahead was our plan.

We spent a nice day on Prince Edward’s Isle
With a very nice view of the bay.
And during that time, we saw beautiful scenes
As we drove through the towns on our way.

We found ourselves, later that day
In Cavendish, recalling a fable.
And spent some time in the Haunted Wood
And went in the House of Green Gables.

But alas, it was time to take our leave
So we headed back south to mid-Maine
Spent one more night with Michele and then
Slept a little and nursed on our pain.

The very last day proved interesting, 
One more chance to get lost, and then
A quick little glimpse of the Portland Head
And we dashed across town with a grin - really?

The airport in Portland  was nice to us
They politely provided some stress
For we needed one more little challenge to beat
So on and on we did press.

We made it to Cleveland with just enough time
To dash through the halls to Gate C
Expecting a nice game of Quiddler there,
Instead it was Sprint 1-2-3!

I’ll always remember this trip with a smile
As I think back upon it with glee
To travel so far with you wonderful friends
Just meant all the world to me!

Respectfully submitted to my fellow travelers with much love, admiration, and gratitude,

Number Six, Sallycat P Xword

Pinewoods Letter from July 20, 2013

By Susan Harris

I just got back to Portland, from Pinewoods. The cooler weather is a relief! It was so hot and humid in NYC that opening the door and stepping outside felt like stepping into an oven. A sense of self-preservation makes you want to scuttle back inside. Even with a good night of sleep, after being out for a couple of minutes, you feel exhausted. Nick and I went to the Metropolitan, the Cloisters, walked in Central Park, but the feeling of being wilted from the heat accompanied every activity.

Pinewoods Scottish-English Country Dance Session, near Plymouth, MA, was really a good experience and the music was amazing. However, although I’d been told that Beginners could participate, there really was no class set up for Beginners. The class named “Basic Scottish” was not at all basic! Everyone was at least at the Intermediate Level, and, of course, I couldn’t expect “beginning-type” teaching to occur just on my account. So, the introduction and clarity that I’d hoped to experience was not available. I didn’t pick up much ability as it was all too confusing and advanced but I enjoyed the week.

The campers are awakened by a bag-piper walking through the woods, passing by the cabins, and piping everyone awake at 7 AM. The camp was in the woods and the bird song was beautiful. There was non-stop Scottish music day and night, until bedtime, and there were top-notch musicians. There are music lessons as well as dance. I might go again. It was gorgeous, clean, comfortable, well planned, and had amazingly good food, all healthy and well prepared. The dining tables were outside, at the edge of a lake - there was indoor dining space in case of rain. The participants were mostly about 45-75, most were from NE and the Boston area where there’s a lot of Scottish dancing. No cell phone use or smoking were allowed at the camp; there was no wi-fi/computer connection available either. The grounds are pristine, with old growth pines and some deciduous trees. The mornings were fairly cool with cloud cover the entire time that stopped the heat from becoming overwhelming.

There was a dance every night from 8 - 11 PM. We enjoyed a performance by 40 Morris dancers from the UK practicing for a NE tour. We also danced around a Maypole, which was amusing.

I hope you’re having a good summer and that all is well! with best wishes, Susan (I’m the person that you kindly took to the Scottish dance in Lake Oswego, last spring)

Reflections of a Beginning Scottish Country Dancer

by Marcy Sherfey

As an antidote to my looming empty nest, a good friend suggested some time ago that we start a dance class together. We visited a clogging class in January 2012. But since they were already a few months into classes, they invited us to return in the Fall for the next beginning class. Then about a year ago, we saw your ad in the paper for Scottish Country Dance in Lake Oswego. We gave it a try in September 2012. My friend went back to try clogging, while I stayed because I loved the music and how friendly and welcoming you all were.

I have enjoyed dancing with you for almost a year now! My brain scrambles every week to remember and keep up as well as I can. I love the music, watching and joining in with your joyful steps, smiles and encouraging, patiently-extended hands of all ages. What a great experience this has been! Thank you for welcoming me into this wonderful dance community!

October Dance Program

by Linda Mae Dennis

John Drewry, Silver City Book
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s2s3s set and cross by the right;
5-8 repeat bars 1-4 (2s finish facing out);
9-16 1s2s double figures of 8 (1s cross down to start);
17-24 1s with 2s3s Inveran reels;
25-27 1s followed by 2s lead down;
28-29 1s 2s turn by the right;
30-32 2s followed by 1s lead up, finishing 2s1s3s.
Rutherford RSCDS, Book 14
8×32S, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1M+2L set and turn 2H, 1L+2M repeat
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back to top
17-24 1s set and cast to 2nd place and dance DoSiDo with partner
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L
John Drewry, Bon Accord Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s half figures of 8 (L up, M down);
9-12 1s half reel of 3 on opposite sides;
13-16 1M3s half reel of 3 across (at top) WHILE 1L2s half reel of 3 across;
17-18 1s turn by the left;
19-20 1s turn first corners (in partners’ first corners’ positions) by the right;
21-24 1s pass partner by the right, turn second corners (in partners’ second corners’ positions) by the right and take promenade hold;
25-28 1M2L 1L3M promenade across the set (giving right shoulder) finishing 3L1L3M on M’s side, 2L1M2M on L’s side;
29-32 Half diagonal rights and lefts, 1L diagonally down to start, 1M up.
Marilyn Watson, 1997, Stepping Out, Part 2
6×32J, 2C (3C set)
1-8 1st and 2nd couples dance rights and lefts.
9-16 1st couple slip down the middle and up to 2nd place. 2nd couple step up on bars 11-12.
17-24 2nd and 1st couples set and cross over giving right hands, and repeat back to place.
25-32 1st couple dance a figure of eight round 2nd couple.
Cathy Sponseller
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
Music: Bonnie Flowers O’er the Muir
Berkeley Scottish Players - Tartan Suite:
Note: Named in commemoration of Scots American John Muir, whose eloquent writings were instrumental in the preservation of Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon as National Parks.
1–8 First couple lead down and cross below third couple, cast up around the third couple and dance in to meet, lead up and cast around second couple, finishing back to back facing first corners, second couple stepping up on bars seven and eight.
9 – 12 First couple set to first corner for two bars, then set to second corner for two bars.
13 – 16 Pulling back with left shoulders first couple turn one and a quarter times with two hands counterclockwise, to finish in second place on own sides facing out.
17 – 24 All three couples dance reels of three on the sides as in Figure 1, beginning with first couple giving left shoulders to their partner’s second corner (first man out and down past third man, first woman up and out past second woman). First couple cross over to opposite sides at both top and bottom. All end in the center of the set ready for promenade. Note that it is not possible to cover these reels in parallel, as they are really two successive half-reels. The same person does not pass in front each time. Corner covering is appropriate, second woman with third man, third woman with second man.
25 – 32 All three couples dance a promenade right round. Repeat, having passed a couple.
R. Goldring, Leeds Silver Jubilee
8×40R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance in and cast to 2nd place, dance RH across with 3s
9-16 2s+1s dance LH across, 1L followed by partner cast up round 2L and dance down middle to 1L between 3s and 1M between 2s
17-24 1s+2s+3s dance down the middle and back
25-32 1M followed by partner cast down round 2L to 2nd places on own side and turn RH
33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
Tim Wilson, March 2009, Just Desserts, No. 12
3×32J, 3C set
Tune: The Lightnin’ Bug, by Hanneke Cassel
1-2 1st woman cast off one place while 2nd woman dance up and curve into 1st place pulling back right shoulder.
3-8 1st and 2nd couples set to the person opposite and dance right hands across once round.
9-10 1st man cast off one place while 2nd man dance up and curve into 1st place pulling back left shoulder.
11-16 1st and 2nd couples set to partner and dance left hands across once round. 2nd man finish facing out. 1st couple finish facing 3rd couple.
17-22 All dance reels of three on the sides (6 bars), 1st couple pass 3rd couple with right shoulders to begin.
23-24 All using skip change of step, 2nd couple turn once round with both hands, while 1st & 3rd men and 1st & 3rd women turn halfway with both hands to change places on the sides.
25-32 All circle six hands round and back.
W. Campbell, RSCDS Book 2
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s set & cross passing RSh, set & cross back passing RSh
9-16 1s lead down the middle & back for Allemande
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande 1s end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corner 2H, pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corner 2H & cross passing RSh to 2nd place on own sides
Anon, RSCDS Book 1
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s turn by the left, finishing facing first corners;
9-16 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner;
17-20 1s set to first corners and turn both hands;
21-24 1s set to second corners and turn both hands;
25-30 2s1s3s reels of 3 on sides (left shoulder to first corners to start);
31-32 1s cross to own sides, finishing 2s1s3s.
R. Goldring, 12 More Social Dances
4×32J, 4C set
1-8 1L+2L also 3M+4M Adv+Ret for 2 steps, pass partner by LSh and cast to left (to change places)
9-16 1M+2M also 3L+4L Adv+Ret, pass opposite dancer by RSh and cast to right (all opposite partners in order 3412)
17-24 All set, all circle 8H round to left ½ way and set
25-32 1s+4s+3s (bottom 3 couples) turn RH and dance up between 2s and cast to end 2341
John Drewry, RSCDS Book 42
8×32S, 2C (4C set)
1-4 1s2s right hands across, 2s finishing facing out;
5-6 1s cross down to 2nd place on opposite sides, finishing facing out WHILE 2s cast up;
7-8 2M1L turn ¾ by the right WHILE 2L1M turn ¾ by the left, 2M 2L making a polite turn to finish 2M1L1M2L in line across, all facing down, nearer hands joined;
9-11 all lead down and release hands;
12-12 1s turn about WHILE 2s cast to meet below them, finishing all facing up, nearer hands joined;
13-14 1s followed by 2s lead up;
15-16 1s cast to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 2s lead up to 1st place;
17-18 2M1L 2L1M take hands on the sides and set facing across the set;
19-20 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing 2L1M just above 1st position facing down, 2M1L just below 2nd position facing up;
21-22 2L1M 2M1L set facing up and down;
23-24 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing in original places, 2s on opposite sides;
25-26 1s2s set;
27-28 1s2s 4 hands round halfway;
29-32 1s turn both hands 1½ times, finishing 2s1s.
S Phillips, 2nd Graded Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s cast below 3s and dance up to top then cast to 2nd place
17-24 1s+3s dance RH across and LH back
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

November Dance Program

by Don Gertz

Mrs Stewart’s Jig [videos: 1, 2]
Frans Ligtmans, RSCDS Book 35
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-2 1s set;
3-8 1L cast 2 places, cross and cast up to 2M’s place WHILE 1M cross, cast 2 places and dance up between 3s to 2L’s place, 1s finishing facing down;
9-16 2s1s3s grand chain;
17-24 2s1s ladies’ chain;
25-28 2s1s3s advance and retire;
29-32 1s turn by the right 1½ times.
John Drewry, RSCDS Book 31
4×32S, 4C set
Note: 3s and 4s cross on second chord.
1-4 2s 3s petronella turn into the centre and set to partners (Mn back to back);
5-6 2s 3s turn partner ¾ by the right;
7-8 2s 3s right hands across halfway, finishing with 2M3L in promenade hold facing the M’s side and 3M2L in promenade hold facing the Ls’ side;
9-10 1s 4s petronella turn to the centre line WHILE 2M3L promenade out and up on the M’s side WHILE 3M2L promenade out and down on the Ls’ side;
11-12 1s 4s set to partners WHILE 2M3L cross between 1s WHILE 3M2L cross between 4s;
13-14 1s turn halfway by the right to face Ls’ side in promenade hold WHILE 4s turn halfway by the right to face M’s side in promenade hold WHILE 2M3L promenade down Ls’ side WHILE 3M2L promenade up M’s side;
15-16 all promenade clockwise one place to finish in a square set, 3M2L in first place facing down, 1s in second place facing in, 2M3L in third place facing up, 4s in fourth place facing in;
17-20 1s4s half ladies’ chain;
21-24 2s3s half men’s chain with an extra half turn so that 2L 3L finish on partner’s left;
25-26 all set facing the centre;
27-28 all 8 hands round to the left;
29-32 all dance toward the centre and cast to the right, finishing 2s4s1s3s in the side lines of the lengthwise set.
RSCDS Book 1
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses and dances up behind Men as 1M dances up centre to 1st places on opposite side and 1s set
9-16 1M followed by partner repeat above Fig and set in own places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. Ends 2-1-3; repeat having passed a couple.
John Drewry, Silver City Book
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s2s3s set and cross by the right;
5-8 repeat bars 1-4 (2s finish facing out);
9-16 1s2s double figures of 8 (1s cross down to start);
17-24 1s with 2s3s Inveran reels;
25-27 1s followed by 2s lead down;
28-29 1s 2s turn by the right;
30-32 2s followed by 1s lead up, finishing 2s1s3s.
W. Campbell, RSCDS Book 2
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s set & cross passing RSh, set & cross back passing RSh
9-16 1s lead down the middle & back for Allemande
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande 1s end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corner 2H, pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corner 2H & cross passing RSh to 2nd place on own sides
Mairi’s Wedding [videos: 1, 2]
James Cosh, 22 Scottish Country Dances (and 2 more)
8×40R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s turn by the left to face 1st corners;
9-12 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners;
13-16 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners;
17-20 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners (in partner's corner's position);
21-24 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners (in partner's corner's position);
25-32 2s1L 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s giving left shoulder to first corners to start;
33-40 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.
Tom Isbiki, Jean Patrick Collection
4×32J, 4C set
1-8 1st couple lead down the middle for three, up for three, cast off into 2nd place. 2nd couple step up on bars 7 and 8.
9-12 1st couple and 3rd couple turn by the right hand ending as in diagram 1 (1st couple facing up in the center, 3rd couple facing down in the center, ladies on the men’s side, men on the ladies side of the dance).
13-16 1st couple set to 2nd couple. 1st couple turn 2nd couple ending in 2nd place on opposite sides. 3rd couple dance similarly with 4th couple, ending in 3rd place on opposite sides.
17-20 1st couple and 3rd couple dance half rights and lefts.
21-24 1st couple and 3rd couple turn by the right hand, 3rd couple finishing in 2nd place. 1st couple stays in the center while 4th couple steps in.
25-32 1st and 4th couples poussette.
R. Goldring, Graded and Social Dances 2
3×32S, 3C set
1-8 1s+2s dance RH across back to places but 1L faces out and casts 2 places followed by partner, 1L crossing to 3rd place opposite side
9-16 All dance Grand Chain
17-24 1s set, turn 2H ½ way and dance up to top and cast to 3rd place own sides
25-32 All circle 6H round and back
John Drewry, Bon Accord Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s half figures of 8 (L up, M down);
9-12 1s half reel of 3 on opposite sides;
13-16 1M3s half reel of 3 across (at top) WHILE 1L2s half reel of 3 across;
17-18 1s turn by the left;
19-20 1s turn first corners (in partners’ first corners’ positions) by the right;
21-24 1s pass partner by the right, turn second corners (in partners’ second corners’ positions) by the right and take promenade hold;
25-28 1M2L 1L3M promenade across the set (giving right shoulder) finishing 3L1L3M on M’s side, 2L1M2M on L’s side;
29-32 Half diagonal rights and lefts, 1L diagonally down to start, 1M up.
The Frisky [videos: 1, 2]
R. Bremner, RSCDS Book 26
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s turn RH and cast 1 place, turn LH and cast down 1 place
9-16 2s+3s+1s circle 6H round and back
17-24 1s lead up to top and 1s+2s set twice
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ R&L, set and cross RH to own sides
John Drewry, RSCDS Book 42
8×32S, 2C (4C set)
1-4 1s2s right hands across, 2s finishing facing out;
5-6 1s cross down to 2nd place on opposite sides, finishing facing out WHILE 2s cast up;
7-8 2M1L turn ¾ by the right WHILE 2L1M turn ¾ by the left, 2M 2L making a polite turn to finish 2M1L1M2L in line across, all facing down, nearer hands joined;
9-11 all lead down and release hands;
12-12 1s turn about WHILE 2s cast to meet below them, finishing all facing up, nearer hands joined;
13-14 1s followed by 2s lead up;
15-16 1s cast to 2nd place on opposite sides WHILE 2s lead up to 1st place;
17-18 2M1L 2L1M take hands on the sides and set facing across the set;
19-20 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing 2L1M just above 1st position facing down, 2M1L just below 2nd position facing up;
21-22 2L1M 2M1L set facing up and down;
23-24 all petronella turn in tandem, finishing in original places, 2s on opposite sides;
25-26 1s2s set;
27-28 1s2s 4 hands round halfway;
29-32 1s turn both hands 1½ times, finishing 2s1s.
S Phillips, 2nd Graded Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
9-16 1s cast below 3s and dance up to top then cast to 2nd place
17-24 1s+3s dance RH across and LH back
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

High Desert Ball Program

transcribed by Darrick Wong

Anon, 99 More Scottish Country Dances
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-4 All clap, 1s cross (giving right shoulder, no hands) and cast;
5-8 1s3s right hands across;
9-12 all clap, 1s cross (giving right shoulder, no hands) and cast up;
13-16 1s2s left hands across;
17-18 1M3L cross diagonally by the right;
19-20 1L3M cross diagonally by the right;
21-22 1M3L cross diagonally by the right;
23-24 1M cast WHILE 2s step up WHILE 1L3M cross diagonally by the left, 1L finishing in 2nd place;
25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.
Castle Menzies Mss, RSCDS Book 10
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s cross by the right and cast;
5-8 1s cross by the left and cast (1L up, 1M down);
9-16 1L2s 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s finish facing 2L;
17-18 1s set to 2L and turn about to face 3M;
19-20 1s set to 3M and turn ¼ anticlockwise (1M dancing backwards) to face 3L;
21-22 1s set to 3L and turn about to face 2M;
23-24 1s set to 2M, finishing 1M facing up, 1L down;
25-30 1L2M3M, 1M2L3L reels of 3 on opposite sides (right shoulder to second corners to start);
31-32 1s cross to 2nd place (by the left is preferable).
RSCDS Book 24
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s set on sides, turn 2H, set to partners & turn 2H into Allemande hold
9-16 1s+2s Allemande 1s end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s dance ‘Hello-Goodbye’ setting, into middle facing partner, clap & petronella turn to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back
RSCDS Book 1
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1L followed by partner casts below 3s, 1L crosses and dances up behind Men as 1M dances up centre to 1st places on opposite side and 1s set
9-16 1M followed by partner repeat above Fig and set in own places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. Ends 2-1-3; repeat having passed a couple.
John Drewry, Canadian Book
4×32J, 4C set
1-4 1s cross and cast;
5-8 1s3s right hands across;
9-12 1M3L (promenade hold) half reel of 3 on Ls’ side WHILE 1L3M half reel of 3 on M’s side (both going to the right);
13-16 repeat with own partners (going to the left);
17-24 repeat bars 9-16, finishing with 1s facing down between 3s;
25-28 1L3M turn by the right 1½ times WHILE 1M3L turn by the left 1½ times;
29-32 1L4L turn by the left 1½ times WHILE 1M4M turn by the right 1½ times, finishing 2s3s4s1s.
R. Fidler, RSCDS Book 33
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1M dances ½ Fig of 8 round 2s while 1L dances round 3s 1s end facing 1st corners
9-16 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass LSh and dance RH across (1M with couple in 1st pl and 1L with couple in 3rd pl) 1s end facing 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance ½ Reel of 4 with 2nd corners, pass partner LSh to dance RH across, 1M with 2L+3L on Men’s side and 1L with 2M+3M
25-32 1s ½ turn LH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides, 1M dances up and 1L down, cast on own sides while corners set and cross RH and all set
R. Clowes, Ormskirk Scottish Dances
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-2 1s cross down to face out between corners;
3-4 2s1s3s set on the sides;
5-8 1s cast up, meet, lead down;
9-12 1L2M3M right hands across WHILE 1M2L3L left hands across;
13-16 1s, followed by 2s 3s, lead down;
17-20 3s, followed by 2s 1s, lead up and cast, 3s finishing in 3rd place;
21-24 2M1L3M left hands across WHILE 2L1M3L right hands across;
25-28 1s lead to the top and cast;
29-32 1s half figures of 8 round 2s, finishing 2s1s3s.
Anon, RSCDS Book 26
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-2 1s set;
3-8 1s cast, cross, cast round first corners and finish back to back, 1L facing 2s, 1M facing 3s;
9-12 2s1L 3s1M 3 hands round to the left, 1s turning on the spot to finish facing each other;
13-16 1s set and turn ¾ both hands to finish facing first corners;
17-24 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner;
25-30 reels of 3 on opposite sides (1s give left shoulder to first corner);
31-32 1s cross by the right to own sides.
Rutherford, RSCDS Book 18
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s slip step down for 4 steps and back, cast to 2nd places and meet in centre 2H
9-16 1s repeat ending in 3rd places
17-24 2s+3s+1s circle 6H round and back
25-32 1s lead up to top, set and cast to 2nd places
Preston, RSCDS Book 11
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s turn by the left 1¼ times, finishing 2M1L2L facing 3M1M3L in lines across;
9-10 all set;
11-12 all set again (1s pulling right shoulder back on the second step), finishing 2s1s3s on the sides;
13-16 all set twice on the sides;
17-24 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back;
25-30 reels of 3 on the sides, 1s giving right shoulder to second corners;
31-32 1s cross to own sides in 2nd place.
Anon, RSCDS Book 24
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-2 1s 3s set advancing;
3-4 1M1L3M3L balance in line in the centre of the set;
5-8 1s turn by the right halfway and cast to 3rd place WHILE 3s turn by the right ¾ and lead up to the top;
9-16 3s 1s repeat from new places, finishing in original places;
17-20 1s lead down;
21-24 2s step up WHILE 1s lead up to finish in 2nd place;
25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.
RSCDS Book 27
88R, Square Set
1-16 All Ladies cast & dance clockwise round outside of set back to place, Men repeat Fig but cast & dance anticlockwise round set
17-32 All dance Grand Chain ½ way & set to partner, continue chain back to place & set to partner
33-40 1s+3s change places 1s dance between 3s, repeat Fig back to places 3s dance between 1s & 1s+3s turn RH into Allemande hold
41-48 1s+3s dance round inside of set anticlockwise in Allemande hold
49-64 2s+4s repeat Fig bars 33-48
65-88 1s+3s dance ½ R&L, 2s+4s dance ½ R&L, repeat back to places, all circle 8H round & back
Derek Haynes, RSCDS Book 22
3×32S, 3C set
1-2 All set on the sides;
3-6 all turn both hands twice;
7-8 all set on the sides;
9-16 grand chain;
17-20 1s lead down between 2s and cast down round 3s;
21-24 1s lead up between 3s and cast up round 2s;
25-28 1s2s half poussette;
29-32 1s3s half poussette, finishing 2s3s1s.
Terry Glasspool, 7 Year Itch
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-2 1M set;
3-4 1M cast one place WHILE 1L set;
5-6 1M set WHILE 1L cast one place;
7-8 1M petronella turn to finish facing up between 3s WHILE 1L set;
9-10 1L petronella turn to finish facing down between 2s WHILE 3M1M3L set facing up;
11-12 2M1L2L set facing down WHILE 3M1M3L advance;
13-14 2M1L2L advance WHILE 3M1M3L retire;
15-16 2M1L2L retire, 1L pulling right shoulder back to finish facing up WHILE 1M advance to follow partner;
17-24 giving right shoulder to 2L to start, 1s dance tandem reel of 3 with 2s, finishing in 2nd place on own sides;
25-32 giving right shoulder to 3s to start, 1s dance parallel reels of 3 on own sides, finishing 2s1s3s.
Mairi’s Wedding [videos: 1, 2]
James Cosh, 22 Scottish Country Dances (and 2 more)
8×40R, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s turn by the right and cast;
5-8 1s turn by the left to face 1st corners;
9-12 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners;
13-16 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners;
17-20 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corners (in partner's corner's position);
21-24 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corners (in partner's corner's position);
25-32 2s1L 1M3s reels of 3 across, 1s giving left shoulder to first corners to start;
33-40 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

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