The Ghillie Gazette

The March/April 2014 newsletter of the Portland Oregon Branch of the R.S.C.D.S.

Maureen Sloan’s 80th Birthday

Maureen Sloan’s 80th Birthday

President’s Message

by Linda Gertz

The President’s Message is usually this nice little cheery message, but I’m not feeling cheery right now. Why? I’ve asked twice for volunteers to the nominating committee and only one person has come forward. I know this is due to needing to finding someone willing to be President. Everyone is willing to help, but no one wants to be in charge. What you need to ask yourself is: Do we still want to have this club? If the answer is “yes”, then get willing to be President. I have been President several times now, even though I strongly dislike being in charge. So if I can bite the bullet and do it, you can too! So again – if you want this club to continue, be willing for a short period of time to be in charge! On the positive side, you will find that you have a lot of willing helpers! This makes having to be the one in charge a much easier task.

Teacher’s Corner

by Debbie Mc​Robert

Has this happened to you? You attend class Monday night and learn a new dance with a great new figure. It’s a fun dance, one of your favorites so far. A couple of weeks later you are looking over the dances for the monthly party and can’t quite remember how the figure goes. You remember you liked it and want to be able to dance the dance during the party. You read through the brief but it doesn’t quite give you the confidence that you can dance it correctly. What can you do?

The good news is you have resources available to you.

A great place to start would be our own website, portlandscottishdancers.org. Once on our website select the “Party” link and you will find the program with links provided to videos of most of the dances. Some links are to Dancie​Maetions (see below) and some to You Tube videos of dances.

Another source is You Tube, http://www.youtube.com. Yes, You Tube has several dances uploaded for your viewing pleasure. If the dance is a popular dance you may find more than one video to watch. There will not be videos for every dance. To find a dance I found if you type in “Scottish Country Dance” then the name of the dance it brings up a good selection to start from. I tested a couple of dances from our program and found Red House only had one choice but The De’il Amang the Tailors had several.

Our own Linda Mae has developed a program named Dancie​Maetion, (http://www.inaginationprocessing.com) that moves markers that look like game pieces through dances. It’s a wonderful way to review dances as you watch and listen to Linda Mae talk you through the dance. When you log on to the website, select “Dancie​Maetion” and you will find upcoming programs with the videos of the dances available for viewing.

If you still need to find a dance, or want more information about a dance, a great source to check out is the Strathspey Server (http://www.strathspey.org). It’s such a great resource I have this site bookmarked on my computer. To find a dance go to the Library (left column) and select “Dance Database”. I then go to the Quick Search (top, right side), and type in the name of the dance and select “Search”. On the page that opens you will see a dances section, recordings section, and if there is a tune by the same name you will have a tune section. Select the dance in the “Dances” section and this will bring you to a page with several tabs with lots of information. The first tab, “Overview”, gives information such as date dance was devised, where to find the dance, steps in the dance, and more. You can select “Cribs/Diagrams” and see the directions to the dance. You can select “Videos” and watch the dance. You may find several video links for the same dance. Note, some videos are of performances and may be danced in a nonstandard format (example starting from middle or two sets mirroring each other). You may also find links to Dancie​​Maetions in the list of videos.

Well, there you go. You now have several choices to be prepared for the dance. Now, I just need to find the time to watch them.

March 8, 2014 Ball Program

by Don Gertz

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
R. Goldring, RSCDS Book 35
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s+3s ½ turn RH, twirl & dance out to opposite sides & repeat back to place
9-16 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round & back (1s end in centre facing down & 3s in centre facing up)
17-24 1s+3s dance R&L (up & down) & end back on own sides
25-32 1s+2s dance the Tournee: 1s+2s dance into prom hold (Men with prtnr on right, 1s face M's side & 2s L's side), couples ½ wheel anticl'wise & Men turn Ladies into middle, both couples turn 1½ times (2s RH, 1s LH) & dance out to places
Playford, RSCDS Book 7
8×40R, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1s set & cast 1 place, set & cast back to original places
9-16 1M (followed by partner) casts 1 place, dances up between 2s & casts down behind 2L, crosses over & both end in 2nd place own side
17-24 1L (followed by partner) casts up to top, dances down between 2s & casts up behind 2M & crosses over & both end in original places
25-32 1s reel with 2M on Men’s side (1M & 2M pass LSh & 1L dances to 2nd pl on Men’s side to pass ptnr RSh (1L ends in own pl & 1M in 2nd pl)
33-40 1s reel with 2L on Ladies side (1L & 2L pass RSh & 1M dances to 2nd pl on Ladies side to pass ptnr LSh (1s end in 2nd place own side)
W. Campbell, RSCDS Book 4
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set & cast to 3rd place, set & cast back to top
9-16 1s lead down the middle & back
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande (1s end facing 1st corners)
25-32 1s turn 1st corners RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH to end in 2nd place own sides
J. Drewry, Canadian Book
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s+3s set, turn 2H to end 1s facing down & 2s+3s facing up in centre, 1s+2s set advancing passing LSh to change places while 3s set, 2s turn 2H while 1s+3s set advancing to change places
9-16 2s+3s set advancing to change places while 1s turn 2H, 3s turn 2H while 2s+1s set advancing to change places & repeat to 1 2 3
17-24 1s+2s dance the Rondel ending with 1s crossing to opposite sides
25-32 1L+3M turn LH while 1M+3L turn RH, 2M+1L ½ turn RH while 2L+1M ½ turn LH, 1s cross down to 2nd place as 2s dance out & up to 1st place
H. Foss, Angus Fitchet Album
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1M+2L set advancing & turn RH, 1L+2M set advancing & turn RH
9-16 1s set to each other & turn 2H, cast to 2nd place & Petronella turn to Lady between 2s & Man between 3s
17-24 1s set & ¾ turn RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides & set, 1s repeat but 2s & 3s cross RH & set
25-32 1s set & change places RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides & set, 1s cast round corner to 2nd pl own sides as 2s+3s cross RH & all set
Rutherford, RSCDS Book 12
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cast & dance RH across with 3s
9-16 1s set, cast up & dance LH across with 2s
17-24 1s followed by 2s dance down, cast up behind 3s, in & dance up to top & 1s cast back to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L
B. Anglin, RSCDS Book 45
4×32S, 4C Set
1-8 1M+2L also 3L+4M turn 2H 1½ times to change places, all Men dance LH across and end facing anticlockwise giving RH to partners
9-16 All Set+Link with partners and Set+Link again to end on sides (1s+4s Ladies side and 2s+3s Mens side with Ladies on line ends)
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32 1L+2M also 3M+4L turn 2H 1½ times to (2)(1)(4)(3), end couples (2s and 3s) cross RH while centre couples dance LH across ½ way and all set. 2413
R. Butterfield, RSCDS Book 45
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cast 1 place & dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
9-16 1s set twice with 1L turning to face out, 1L followed by partner casts up & dances down the middle 1L to face 3M while 1M faces 2M
17-24 1s RSh reels of 3 across (1M with 2s & 1L with 3s)
25-32 1L followed by partner dances down cast up round 3M & crosses to end in 2nd place on own sides, 1s turn RH (4 bars)
Intermission
RSCDS Book 21
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1s lead down middle & cross over to cast up to 2nd pl while 2s set & cross RH to 3rd pl while 3s cast up to 1st place & cross RH
5-8 All set & ½ turn 2H to own side
9-16 Repeat bars 1- 8 from new pstns
17-24 1s lead up to 1st place & set, 1s+2s set advancing
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1 3
Book of Graded SCDs
8×32J, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1s cast, dance down behind own lines, turn outwards and dance back to place
9-16 1s+2s turn partners RH back to place and then turn LH
17-24 1s followed by 2s, lead down the middle and 2s lead back to the top
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L
J. Cosh, 22 SCDs
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance down below 3s & cast up to 2nd place own sides, 1L dances RH across with 2s while 1M dances RH across with 3s
9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, ½ reel with 2nd corners & ½ turn LH in centre to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 across giving LSh to 1st corners ending in 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s dance Diag R&L (1M crossing down & 1L crossing up to start)
D. Winchester, RSCDS Book 39
80S, Square Set
1-8 All circle 8H round & back
9-16 All Ladies dance RH across ½ way & turn opposite Man LH, all Ladies dance ½ RH across & turn partner LH
17-24 1s+3s dance reel of 4 (Ladies start by passing LSh as Men set)
25-32 All set (HS) to corners, turn 2H twice
33-40 2s+4s dance reel of 4 with Ladies starting by passing LSh
41-48 All set (HS) to corners, turn 2H twice
49-56 All Ladies circle left to face partners (Ladies BtoB), set to & turn partners 2H
57-64 All Men circle right to face partners (Men BtoB), set to & turn partners 2H
65-72 All dance Grand Chain
73-80 All Allemande anticlockwise
B. Priddey, Anniversary Tensome
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cast 1 place and turn LH to 1M facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16 1M followed by partner dance a full RSh diagonal Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 1st corners and end facing Ladies 2nd corner
17-24 1M followed by partner dance a RSh Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 2nd corners and 1s end facing own 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corners RH, 2nd corner RH and dance back to 2nd place own sides
Jessie’s Hornpipe [videos: 1, 2]
RSCDS Book 8
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance Figs of 8 round 2s+3s on own sides giving RSh to 2s to start
9-16 1s lead down to bottom & back to top
17-24 1s dance down under arch made by 2s, 1s form arch & 2s dance under back to places, 1s+2s repeat
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. Ends 2-1-3
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.
RSCDS Book 14
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s set & dance RH across ½ way, set & dance LH across ½ way back to place
9-16 1s lead down the middle & back to top
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back
Waltz
Polka + Auld Lang Syne

April 12, 2014 Dance Program

by Debbie Mc​Robert

M. Corson, RSCDS Leaflet 14
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s+3s all clap, 1L+2L+3L dance RSh round partners & 3s followed by 2s+1s lead down
9-16 All ½ turn (Lady under Man's R arm) & 1s followed by 2s+3s lead back to top, 1s+2s+3s set & ½ turn partner RH ending in centre of dance
17-24 1s+2s+3s dance Promenade
25-32 1s+2L dance RH across (1M ending in 2nd place), 1s+2M dance LH across with 1s both ending in 2nd place
B. Anglin, RSCDS Book 45
4×32S, 4C Set
1-8 1M+2L also 3L+4M turn 2H 1½ times to change places, all Men dance LH across and end facing anticlockwise giving RH to partners
9-16 All Set+Link with partners and Set+Link again to end on sides (1s+4s Ladies side and 2s+3s Mens side with Ladies on line ends)
17-24 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
25-32 1L+2M also 3M+4L turn 2H 1½ times to (2)(1)(4)(3), end couples (2s and 3s) cross RH while centre couples dance LH across ½ way and all set. 2413
Mary Erskine [videos: 1, 2]
R. Goldring, 15 Social Dances
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s turn on sides 1½ times (Men RH & Ladies LH), 1s cast down behind 3s, meet & dance up to 2nd place facing own sides ready for -
9-16 1s dance Double Triangles & end by turning right about to face each other (remaining in middle)
17-24 1s slip step down centre & back
25-32 1L dances LH across on Men's side as 1M dances RH across on Ladies side & dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s
T. Glasspool, Ithaca NY, USA
4×48J, Sq. Set
1-8 All Ladies RH across and return to places dancing LSh round own partners end facing corners
9-16 Corner couples turn RH 1¾ times into prom hold and dance anticlockwise a little more than ½ way to form square and face in (Men now diametrically opposite original place with 'new' partner on right and all Ladies 1 place on clockwise)
17-24 All couples (prom hold) advance to centre, release hands and retire with corner, advance again and retire with current partner
25-32 All Men LH across and return to place dancing RSh round current partner and end giving LH to corner facing in on diagonal
33-40 Corner couples Set+Link, Set+Link on sides
41-48 All circle 8H round and back. Ladies are in original place but Men are 1 place anticlockwise.
J. Drewry, Canadian Book
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s+3s set, turn 2H to end 1s facing down & 2s+3s facing up in centre, 1s+2s set advancing passing LSh to change places while 3s set, 2s turn 2H while 1s+3s set advancing to change places
9-16 2s+3s set advancing to change places while 1s turn 2H, 3s turn 2H while 2s+1s set advancing to change places & repeat to 1 2 3
17-24 1s+2s dance the Rondel ending with 1s crossing to opposite sides
25-32 1L+3M turn LH while 1M+3L turn RH, 2M+1L ½ turn RH while 2L+1M ½ turn LH, 1s cross down to 2nd place as 2s dance out & up to 1st place
M. S. Brandon, 4 Scottish Country Dances, 1978
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s ½ turn RH into prom hold and dance down, cross LH and cast up behind 3s on own sides to 2nd place
9-16 1L and 2M+3M set advancing to form triangle, 1L and 2M+3M retire as 1M and 2L+3L set advancing to form triangle, repeat this Fig (bars 9-12)
17-24 1s in prom hold dance ½ LSh reel of 3 with 2L+3L (in centre of set), 2L and 3L pick up each others partner and complete reel
25-32 1s (prom hold) continue with ½ reel of 3 with 2M+3M (Men leave Ladies on Men's side in 1st and 3rd place) all end opposite side 213, all set and cross RH. 213
B. Priddey, Anniversary Tensome
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cast 1 place and turn LH to 1M facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16 1M followed by partner dance a full RSh diagonal Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 1st corners and end facing Ladies 2nd corner
17-24 1M followed by partner dance a RSh Alternating Tandem reel of 3 with 2nd corners and 1s end facing own 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corners RH, 2nd corner RH and dance back to 2nd place own sides
J. Cosh, 22 Sottish Country Dances
4×32S, 4C set
1-8 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance ½ R&L, 1s+4s (in centre) dance ½ R&L
9-16 2s+4s and 1s+3s circle 4H left ½ way, 2s+3s circle 4H right ½ way, 1s dance up to top and all face as for Reel of 4 on sides
17-24 All set Highland Schottische and dance ½ Grand Chain
25-32 All dance reel of 4 on sides. 2341
J. Cosh, 22 SCDs
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance down below 3s & cast up to 2nd place own sides, 1L dances RH across with 2s while 1M dances RH across with 3s
9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, ½ reel with 2nd corners & ½ turn LH in centre to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 across giving LSh to 1st corners ending in 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s dance Diag R&L (1M crossing down & 1L crossing up to start)
Jessie’s Hornpipe [videos: 1, 2]
RSCDS Book 8
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance Figs of 8 round 2s+3s on own sides giving RSh to 2s to start
9-16 1s lead down to bottom & back to top
17-24 1s dance down under arch made by 2s, 1s form arch & 2s dance under back to places, 1s+2s repeat
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. Ends 2-1-3
Linda Mae Dennis, Princess Bride Collection
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
Tune: Fiona Miller’s Strathspey by David Knight
Suitable recording: Track 9 on the CD “First Stop!” by Waverley Station (David Knight, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon)
1-4 1st couple cross over giving right hands, and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5-8 1st couple turn with both hands to finish in second place on opposite sides.
9-12 All three couples turn halfway with right hands to face partner in the middle, and cast to opposite sides (half turn and twirl).
13-16 All three couples set, and turn halfway with right hands to finish with 1st couple, on opposite sides, in second place in the middle in promenade hold facing down, 2nd couple in the middle in first place and 3rd couple in third place in the middle in promenade hold facing up.
17-24 All dance a circulating allemande. On the last two bars, 3rd couple, at the top turn ¾ with left hands, and 2nd couple at the bottom turn 1¼ also with left hands to form a line up and down the middle of the set. 2nd and 3rd couples are left shoulder to left shoulder with partners, with 3rd woman and 2nd man facing the women's side and 3rd man and 2nd woman facing the men's side. 1st couple retire as usual to second place on opposite sides.
25-32 All dance the Targe as follows:
25-26 3rd and 2nd women turn ¾ in the middle with right hands as their partners and 1st couple dance anti-clockwise ¼ the way round the outside.
27-28 3rd and 2nd couples turn partners once round with right hands while 1st couple, facing up and down toward each other set.
29-30 3rd and 2nd women turn ¾ in the middle with right hands as their partners and 1st couple continue ¼ the way round the outside anti-clockwise.
31-32 2nd couple turn ¼ with left hands to finish in first place on own sides, 1st couple set to partner, and 3rd couple turn ¾ with left hands to third place own sides. Repeat having passed a couple.
Rutherford, RSCDS Book 12
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cast & dance RH across with 3s
9-16 1s set, cast up & dance LH across with 2s
17-24 1s followed by 2s dance down, cast up behind 3s, in & dance up to top & 1s cast back to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

Vancouver Dinner Dance, April 26, 2014

by Linda Mae Dennis

D. Haynes, Carnforth Coll 2
8×32J, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s Allemande Right (adv for 2, give RH to partner and Lady turns under M’s arm, Lady dances back to place as Man retires), 1s+2s dance RH across
9-16 1s+2s dance Allemande Left (repeat giving LH) and dance LH across
17-24 1M followed by partner casts 1 place, crosses up and casts round 2L to end on own sides in 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L
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
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.
B. McMurtry, The Devil’s Quandary, No. 29, 2000
3×32J(RS), 3C (4C set)
1-4 1st couple set and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5-8 1st couple dance between 3rd couple and cast up into 2nd place.
9-12 1st couple dance a half figure of eight between the 2nd couple.
13-16 All three couples advance and retire.
17-24 2nd and 1st couples dance a Ladies’ Chain.
25-28 1st couple dance a half figure of eight between 3rd couple.
29-32 All three couples dance back to back. Repeat having passed a couple.

Note: This may be danced as a jig, reel or strathspey. Completing the polite turn in a timely manner at the end of the ladies’ chain will help the 1st couple with the next figure.

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.
H. Foss, Angus Fitchet Album
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1M+2L set advancing & turn RH, 1L+2M set advancing & turn RH
9-16 1s set to each other & turn 2H, cast to 2nd place & Petronella turn to Lady between 2s & Man between 3s
17-24 1s set & ¾ turn RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides & set, 1s repeat but 2s & 3s cross RH & set
25-32 1s set & change places RH while 2s+3s change places RH on sides & set, 1s cast round corner to 2nd pl own sides as 2s+3s cross RH & all set
T. Glasspool
8×32S, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH and ½ turn 2s LH on sides, 2s+1s chase anticlockwise 1 pl and ¾ turn partners LH into centre to a line of 4 across (Ladies BtoB facing partners)
9-16 All dance Gypsy Poussette:-
Box setting:
' 9 All set to the right turning ¼ turn to right
' 10 All set to the left (facing away from partner) and ¼ turn to right
' 11 All set to the right (facing partner, Men pass BtoB) and ¼ turn to right
' 12 All set to the left (facing away from partner and passing BtoB) and no turn, partners now facing away from each other (but not lined up back to back)
Gypsy turn:
' 13-14 All cast to right and dance back ½ way to the opposite place
' 15-16 All ¾ turn partners 2H into a line across (as start of Gypsy Poussette but having changed places with partner).
17-24 1s+2s dance reel of 4 across ending in prom hold, 2s facing down and 1s facing up (Men with partner on their right)
25-32 1s+2s wheel round anticlockwise ¼ way to dance the Tournee: 1s+2s dance into prom hold (Men with partner on right, 1s face M's side and 2s L's side), couples ½ wheel anticlockwise and Men turn Ladies into middle, both couples turn 1½ times (2s RH, 1s LH) and dance out to places
Roy Goldring (2002)
88R, Square Set
1-8 Ladies dance RSh round their corners, dance RH across ending in centre
9-16 Ladies dance LSh round their partners, dance LH across and back to places
17-24 Men dance RSh round their partners, dance RH across ending in centre
25-32 Men dance LSh round corners, dance LH across and back to places
33-40 1s and 3s turn partners RH 1¼ times, 1M and 3M followed by partners dance out between side couples and back to places (1M thru 4s and 3M thru 2s)
41-48 1s+3s dance RandL
49-64 2s+4s repeat bars 33-48
65-72 Ladies dance in turning right about to dance out, cast clockwise to opposite Lady’s place
73-80 Men dance in turning left about to dance out, cast anticlockwise to opposite places
81-88 All turn partners RH 1¼ times into prom hold, Promenade anticlockwise ½ way round to original places
A. MacKenzie, RSCDS Book 41
8×32J, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1L+2M set and change places RH while 1M+2L change places RH and set, 1s+2s repeat back to places
9-16 1s+2M dance reel of 3 across (2M+1L pass RSh to start)
17-24 1s+2L dance reel of 3 across (2L+1M pass LSh to start)
25-32 1L+2M change places RH, 1L+1M change places RH on side, 1L+2L change places RH and 2s cross RH
John McAlpin [videos: 1, 2]
H. Foss, Galloway Album
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s Adv+Ret 1 step (touch RH) and cross LH, lead down RH 1 place and ¾ turn LH to face 1st corners
9-16 1s turn RH 1st corner and turn partner LH, turn RH 2nd corner then cross LH to 2nd place own sides
17-24 2L+1L+3L set, Adv+Ret and set while 2M+1M+3M stand for 2 bars, set, Adv+Ret
25-32 2s+1s+3s cross RH, circle 6H round to left ½ way, cross LH and circle 6H round to right ½ way
G. Morris, RSCDS Book 37
4×32R, 4C set
1-8 1s cross down to dance reflection reels of 3 on opposite sides ending in partners place
9-16 1s dance ½ Figs of 8 round 2s, meet in centre and dance 4 slip steps down the middle to 3rd place and set (with both hands joined)
17-24 1s+4s dance the Poussette
25-32 2s+3s and 4s+1s dance RH across once round and turn partner LH
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.
S. McKinnell, RSCDS Book 46
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set and cast 1 place, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 (1M round 2s, 1L round 3s)
9-16 2s+1s+3s set and 1s cross passing RSh, 2M+1M also 1L+3L turn RH 1½ times on sides
17-20 1s+2s+3s dance 3 couple Bourrel:-
' 1M+3L also 2M+1L set advancing and ¾ turn 2H to line up/down middle then ½ turn single to face own partners as 3M and 2L chase anticlockwise to face them
21-24 All set and turn 2H to own sides. 312
25-32 All chase clockwise ½ way, all ½ turn partners RH and twirl to places. 213
RSCDS Book 40
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cast down own sides and cast back to 2nd place
9-16 2s+1s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 1s turn RH to face 1st corners, turn 1st corner LH, turn 2nd corner RH and cross LH to 2nd places own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv+Ret and turn RH
Whiteadder Coll.
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance down below 3s, cast up round 3s to 2nd place own side, 2s+1s+3s set and cross RH
9-16 1s dance up round 2s and cast down to 2nd place opposite sides, 2s+1s+3s set, 1s turn LH to face 1st corners while 2s and 3s cross LH
17-24 1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting with 1st corners and ¾ turn RH to face 2nd corners, 1s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting to 2nd corners and ¾ turn RH to end 2nd place own side
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
Unknown.
W32, Couples in a single circle
1-16 Taking hands, all advance for one, retire for one; men pass the woman on their left across to their right in two bars. Repeat three times. Finish facing new partner, holding both hands.
17-24 All balance towards the center, balance away from the center; turn towards the center to circle away from partner. Finish facing, both hands held. Balance away from the center then twoards the center; turn awayf rom the center to circle away from partner. Finish in ballroom hold.
25-32 Step-close-step twoards the center, step-close-step away from the center. Partners waltz in a small circle for four bars. Finish opened out into a single circle with woman on right side of partner. Repeat.

Maureen Sloan Turns 80!

by Linda Gertz

February 5th Maureen Sloan (much to the surprise of fellow dancers) turned 80. This called for a celebration! Due to the fact the Maureen drives in all the way from Warren and February’s messy weather, we didn’t want to plan a party that would cause her to be on the roads when she’d rather not be. So the idea was brought forward & embraced by the club to give Maureen a money tree consisting of 80 one dollar bills. I told people if more than $80 was donated I would put them at the bottom as dirt! So I brought a tin & dancers donated. Then I went looking for what to put the money on. I ended up realizing that with Maureen, I think of flowers. So the money tree morphed into a money bouquet! The idea was I could bring it to class each Monday & then when Maureen came we could give it to her. Wouldn’t you know it we had yucky weather. The Saturday dance was cancelled due to snow. The next Monday class was cancelled because, even though the roads were clear, there was not parking due to the cleared snow. So the first Monday we had class again on February 17th, Maureen came and we were able to surprise her & present her with her money bouquet. She remarked that she might just leave it as it is and pluck off a few leaves when she needs them. Maureen is such a special person & has given go much to the club, it was nice to be able to give her a pleasant surprise.

Thank You

by Maureen Sloan

Thank you all so much for the “money bouquet” and card you presented to me for my 80th birthday in February. So many lovely messages on the card and I marvel at Linda Gertz's patience in putting together the bouquet. What an attractive and thoughtful gift!

I truly believe that getting involved in Scottish Country Dancing has kept me young! The exercise of both body and mind involved in dancing, understanding, and memorizing the dances is pretty powerful. The friendships I've made through the Portland RSCDS branch have been a large part of my social life for the past 30 years or so. I even met my husband, David, through the dance group!

So, thank you again for remembering my birthday. I hope to continue dancing with you all for many more years.

Dauntless Dancers

by Tom Halpenny

I began learning Square dance five years ago, after Scottish dancing for the previous twelve years. I began keeping a fun list of “Tom's Enlightened Dancer Friends who have danced both Scottish dance and Square dance with Tom one time.” We can access the latest version that currently has fifty five names over the past four years.

http://www.rscds-swws.org/doc/EnlightenedDancers.pdf

This past year I expanded my interest to explore Irish Ceili dance, English Country dance, Contra dance, and International Folk dance. My son-in-law, Hans, invented the term “Dauntless Dancer.” Since “dauntless” means “fearless”, and given my interest in additional dance forms, I thought of a new list of “Tom's Dauntless Dancer Friends who have danced any three folk dance forms with Tom one time, from a list of folk dance forms with partners in a set.” We can access the latest version that currently has nine names.

http://www.rscds-swws.org/doc/DauntlessDancers.pdf

The file also lists Future Dauntless Dancer Friends who have danced two folk dance forms, and displays which two dance forms were tried. These friends include all the Enlightened Dancers who have danced Scottish dance and Square dance, as well as other combinations.

What is the value of trying another folk dance form? I have observed that practicing multiple dance forms with their related music provides more variety and interest, compared with a single folk dance form. The skills learned from one dance form carry over to another. Dance groups share common interests, and we can learn ideas from others, in the areas of enhancing social friendships, planning dance classes and events, and teaching. There are opportunities for dance groups to collaborate and support one another, as overall folk dance popularity declines in the United States. However we need ideas like this article in order to neutralize the tendency for a dancer to become entrenched in a single dance form as their experience increases, and they lose their curiosity to explore new folk dancing ideas. I have observed that the “Enlightened Dancers” and “Dauntless Dancers” lists are less likely to include the leaders of dance groups, and are more likely to include new dancers.

Please let me know when you want to try something new for two hours, and I will I look forward to dancing with you and adding you to my “Enlightened Dancers” and “Dauntless Dancers” lists.

Upcoming Events

Here's a list of events coming up in the next ninety days. This calendar is kept up to date at http://portlandscottishdancers.org/events.html.

September 2017

Ft. Worden, Wash.
9/8
Ft. Worden, Wash.
9/9

Membership

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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Portland Ore. Branch:
Membership Form 2017-2018

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