The Ghillie Gazette

The November/December 2014 newsletter of the Portland Oregon Branch of the R.S.C.D.S.

The Southwest Washington Fall Dance

Refreshments and Camaraderie at the Halloween Dance in Vancouver, Wash.

From the Chair

by Martin Mac​Kenzie

First, I'm very thankful to the members of the board for all the research they’ve done to help us find venues for our monthly dances! One of the results of our latest success we will experience at our November second Saturday dance party. We'll be at a new venue this time around, The Renaissance School of Arts on Renaissance School of Arts, 0234 SW Bancroft St., Portland, Ore. Note the "0" in 0234. There is a map of this location on the party page, towards the bottom. It is a beautiful facility and will allow all of us to socialize afterwards using our own food and avoiding the less than desirable experience we had at Maher’s Irish Pub.

As Sally, our Vice Chair observed, “(There's) a nice, big, open room, with a great floor, and a piano with a lovely view. They have a refrigerator, microwave, and sink which we can use, and we can use any of the tables scattered around outside of the ballroom. There seems to be plenty of parking around, both in their parking lot and on the streets next to it. They have a rule that no street shoes can come in the building, so we can just put on our dance shoes as soon as we come in the door.”

As we won’t be doing a Bizarre Bazaar this year as it hasn’t produced much in terms of fund raising, we need to come up with more ideas for fund raisers. If you have any ideas, please contact any member of the board. As well, if someone would be interested in serving as treasurer next year, we would love to train interested parties in taking over that rôle in the future.

Finally, I would like to thank all the the folks who came to our October dance party at the Academy of Ballet & Dance Arts studio and brought their cheerful and helpful ways to make it an enjoyable event!

Teacher’s Corner

by Debbie Mc​Robert

Our group has several dancers who have danced for many years. When someone keeps coming to the same class for that long, there must to be a reason for them to return. I can think of a few reasons because they are true for myself. I come for the exercise, both of the mind as well as the body, and for the people that we keep in touch with each week.

Sometimes I need a little more to keep myself focused. I have found little opportunities to keep dancing fresh and new each class. These activities improve my own dancing and can also help other dancers improve. I thought I would share with you what I’m thinking about while I’m dancing.

  • I watch the other dancers in the set, with special attention to those who may need a helpful hint.
  • I look for ways to cover with my partner and with others in the set. Maybe even covering with the other sets.
  • I notice how the deviser of the dance transitioned from one figure to the next.
  • I listen to the music and how it fits or does not fit the dance.
  • I think about the little things:
    • Taking hands and releasing hands
    • Phrasing, ending in my spot right at the end of bar 8
    • Flowing from one figure to the next, without starting/stopping too early/late
    • Eye contact
    • Encouraging smiles
  • There are questions I ask myself while dancing.
    • How’s my turn out doing?
    • Am I closing in third each step?
    • Are my hands at shoulder height?
    • Am I bending my knee on the first strathspey step?

I listen to teachers as they instruct to see if there’s something new I can learn. The steps are not new but figures and wording can be new, and that different wording can bring new life to a step or figure. When Ron Wallace taught a class on the strathspey step, he described the closing as your feet “kissing”. For the next month every time I danced a strathspey my feet were kissing away, and I closed every step.

WANTED: New Branch Treasurer

by Pat Taylor

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At the Annual Meeting in May, 2015, my already extended tenure as Portland Branch treasurer will end. I know May seems a long way off, but I thought it would be a good idea to give plenty of notice so that if anyone is interested, I could begin to work with him or her after the 1st of the year.

This is not a difficult nor time-consuming position - in fact, I have enjoyed it, and still am. I like working with figures because there’s only one right answer, no debating!

These are the duties:

  • Provide sign-up sheets and collect the fees at Monday classes and Saturday parties. (It is not necessary to always be present if arrangements are made in advance for someone else to take the money)
  • Count and enter the amount collected in the appropriate fund in the ledger.
  • Deposit the funds - I usually do this at the end of each month.
  • Deposit checks for Demo Team performances.
  • Write rent checks to Waluga Lodge, St. Barnabas and the Saturday party venue.
  • Keep a record of teachers and write checks for them periodically.
  • Keep receipts for miscellaneous expenses and write checks for reimbursement.
  • Balance the checkbook against the bank statement monthly.
  • Create a monthly report of income/expenses - I have a spreadsheet for that.
  • Make various payments during the year, e.g. dues to Edinburgh, insurance, TAC memberships, publicity, Highland Games Association.
  • The busiest time of the year is, of course, around the Workshop & Ball when many checks have to be deposited and many expenses paid.

  • Attend Board meetings 3 or 4 times a year.

These are the perks:

  • You get to work with really nice people.
  • You get the summers off!

Talk to me if you might be interested, or email me at

RSCDS Management Board

by Tom Halpenny

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society elects its Management Board and committees from members of its 160 branches worldwide, at the Annual General Meeting in November. Since I have an interest in dance group processes, and would like to learn more about the processes of the Society, I submitted my name in nomination for one of the seven open Management Board positions. I would like to thank many of you supporters who signed my nomination petition. I submitted a candidate profile with my SCD background and what I would like to bring to the position. I was pleased to learn on September 26 that I have automatically been “elected” for a three-year term, since only three candidates had submitted their nomination. I will be one of the trustees with the responsibility to manage the Society with its annual budget of 800K pounds.

Branches recently received the RSCDS 2013 AGM Minutes, and I enjoyed reading the informative content. Branches are enthusiastic about supporting the society activities. Committee volunteers collaborate with the paid staff in order to produce products and services that benefit Scottish country dancers worldwide. I observed a theme with a desire to establish improved communication and partnership with branches. I will be interested to learn which ideas were tried this year, and the results? Branches expressed a desire to continue to improve efficiency and manage costs. I wonder how well aligned HQ and branches' goals are?

Declining membership is a headwind and the greatest perceived risk to the Society’s future. Branches are responsible for generating members, and HQ would like to be helpful to recruit members. I recently obtained the membership numbers going back to the beginning. I compared RSCDS membership data with the attendance of the USA National Square Dance Convention from 1952 to 2013.

We observe similar trends when we overlay the charts of the two data sets. The most significant thing I learned from the comparison is that the dominant trends in RSCDS membership and square dance participation are correlated and are global and are challenging to influence. We would want to focus on methods that generate a longer-term membership increase. Which methods have an international effectiveness and can be adapted for different cultures? Which methods depend on local personalities compared with publicity that has a global reach?

It is possible for a branch to locally counteract the globally declining membership trend. Successful branches can share their improvement experiences. However branches are generally isolated from each other. HQ hosted Branch Secretaries workshops in 2012 and 2013 at 12 Coates Crescent in Edinburgh. I am interested in a project to create a new internet Facebook discussion group which is effectively an ongoing Branch Secretaries workshop with worldwide participation. The aim of the group is to examine the role of Branch Secretaries and is intended for current Secretaries and those who may be interested in taking on the role. It is an opportunity for Branch Secretaries to meet each other and network to learn what is going on in the wider environment. HQ might similarly establish Facebook discussion groups for branches to network in other ways.

I am excited to meet the RSCDS Board and committees members and collaborate and learn RSCDS processes. We will hopefully have significant progress to report over the next three years.

A Fun Weekend Going to Irene Paterson’s Farewell Party

by Linda Gertz

Don & I headed north on Saturday, October 18 to attend Irene’s farewell dance. We decide to stop at the Falls Terrace Restaurant in Tumwater, WA for lunch. It is a special place to go, as the seating is in tiers so everyone has a view of the river & the small falls. The leaves were just starting to turn colors, which made the view even prettier. Afterwards we decide to walk up to the falls. We discovered that there is a trail that goes along the river and there are several more falls along the way. At the bottom of the falls we got to spy a really big sockeye salmon resting in a calm area before attempting the fish ladders to go up stream. According to a lady we spoke with if we had been two weeks earlier we would have seen many more fish. We also discovered the name of the river is the Deshutes! How dare Washington take the name of a river in Oregon! We then walked up to the top of the falls & found there is a fish hatchery at the top. There they let the wild fish go on through, but the hatchery fish returning are taken to create more little fish that are released in the spring.

After the refreshing walk, we continued on to our motel in Bellevue. It was my turn to drive & we discovered that Don had forgotten to bring a book with him. One of us without a book in insufferable! So I got out my I-phone & found a book store nearby called “Half-Priced Books”. We went there & found new books are half price, plus they also sell used books. So Don found 3 books that were $1.00 each. It was time for dinner, so I again got out my I-phone and using the “Find Me Gluten Free” app I found a close by Indian restaurant. It was wonderful. I got to have lentil crepes & curry; a lentil savory donut and lentil soup. Yum!

Now back to change & on to the dance. The dance hall they used was very attractive with wood beams and a good giving floor. During the week, on the way up & and at dinner time we had been busy studying the dances. There were several that neither one of us had heard of. There were numerous different figures that we don’t do a lot, such as: Set & Rotate, Interrupted Hello-Goodbye setting, the Birl/Bourrel, the Tourbillon. Irene’s favorite figure was obviously the diamond poussette, as it was in 3 dances on the program. So it was a challenging program, but a fun one too. We managed fairly well. The other dancers were friendly and helpful. Irene hasn’t moved and isn’t sure when they will as their house hasn’t sold yet. So who knows, there might be another party for Irene. The music was amazing with Calum Mackinnon, Lisa Scott & Marcia Thumma playing!

The next day must-do item was to have breakfast at Portage Bay Café, where their motto is “Eat like you give a dam!”. They have 3 restaurants in the Seattle area. This time we went to the one on Lake Union. They are really concerned about the source of their food & making sure the food is of good quality. I had wonderful gluten free bananas foster French toast with a rum/caramel sauce. If you order pancakes or French toast you get to go to the breakfast bar where you can add berries, nuts, peaches, pears, butter, whipped cream or dried fruit to your entrée. I also loved that I could only eat half of my order, so I got leftovers for Monday’s breakfast!

Next item on our agenda was the Seattle Aquarium. We had never been there. Don wanted to see how Mo (short for Molalla) the river otter was doing. He was one that was born over a year ago at the Oregon Zoo. We enjoyed the aquarium. Mo seemed to get along fine with the other otters. He and one of the other otters were busy grooming each other. They had a neat exhibit that shows all the different types of fish that live in the sound.

Now onward to home to get back for dinner together with Don’s family. Being so stuffed from breakfast, we didn’t need to stop for lunch. At a rest-stop for a break and change of drivers, we just walked a bit and ate the bananas I had gotten from the motel.

So as you can see we had a great weekend full of enjoyment, dancing and good food and music, plus great weather!

Move to the Music

by Tom Halpenny

Let’s explore the Fun of “Friendship, Fun, and Fitness” factors that attract people to our dancing activity. I have tried several folk dance forms, and the common theme that appeals to both the thinking and feeling parts of the brain is “move to the music”.

When we photograph dancing as a promotion method, a main goal is to show dancers having fun while moving to the music. Still photos are limiting because they communicate neither motion nor music. A new person might respond differently to a dance photo, compared with an experienced dancer. An experienced dancer can view the photo and imagine what the dancing motion with music is like, based on their experience, while a new person might receive a lower-impact message. A video resonates with the feeling part of the brain where the decision is made to try dancing.

For example, we can improve on this photo of the 2014 RSCDS Spring Fling event of youth Scottish country dancers, with the video that communicates the high-energy motion and music.

We can observe the room of Contra dancers moving energetically to the music. The caller reminds dancers of each figure at the beginning while the music plays a background rhythm. The calling gradually diminishes as dancers remember the pattern, and the musical melody moves to a higher level as dancers enjoy the music while dancing without the caller.

A high-energy Square dance video shows the caller singing a popular song in Germany, and the dancers are singing along. Interesting to listen how the caller mixes calls in English with song lyrics in German.

An English country dance video communicates the graceful choreography to the beautiful waltz music. While the caller teaches the figures before beginning the dance, the musicians play along with the teaching tempo, which activates the thinking and feeling parts of the brain.

The final video is a medley of Irish Ceili dances with live Irish music. The caller likes to form sets and begin the dance with little instruction. He calls the figures during the dance and relies on experienced dancers to help new dancers learn with fully activated thinking and feeling parts of the brain.

Dance groups can attract more people to the Fun of dancing if we focus on moving to the music in all our processes. Move to the music!

Burns Dance, Saturday, January 17, 2015

by Robert Burger

Our Burns dance will be Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7 pm. It is to be held in the nice old Santa Clara Grange, 295 Azalea Drive, Eugene, OR, with its good wooden floor. Live music will be provided by our wonderful D‘n’A band, Doug and Amey.

By the way, our class has moved to Wednesdays 7-9 PM at the Santa Clara Grange Hall, 295 Azalea Drive, Eugene, OR.

Robert Burger, Senior Teacher, Eugene, OR RSCDS Class

Maureen Sloan Requests for Photos for Photobooks

by The Editor

Maureen Sloan requests photos of the Portland Branch activities taken in 2013 and 2014. She would like to add them to the photobooks similar to the one she made for 2012. Photos can be emailed directly to Maureen at .

Dancing in the Highlands

by Maggie Hannahs and Darrick Wong

On the first Friday in October, Maggie and Darrick trekked over the curvy passes of the Cascade mountains to Bend to attend a Scottish Country Dance ball in the highlands of Oregon. On the way there, we stopped to admire the monkey head at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne before stopping at the Seelyes’ house to pick out amusing hats, admire the local deer, and socialize a bit. We enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with dancers from the host branch before the festivities began, and to experience a little bit of downtown Bend.

Monica Pollard, a teacher from the Boise Scottish Dance group, led our group of about twenty dancers through a number of tricky workshop dances. Some of the dances involved those lovely complex figures that show their faces only rarely, while others involved amusing variants of the more standard moves to tease everyone’s brains. Those who attended the workshop, including several more dancers from the Portland and Vancouver branches, were more than up to the challenge! Between the workshop and the ball, Jennifer from Bend, Sonia from Boise, and the two of us retired to a nearby pub to chit chat and to compare notes about the upcoming ball dances.

In the evening, everyone regrouped and more dancers showed up for the ball. A fun time was had by all as we danced long into the evening to the live music of A Scottish Heart, who also provided a delightful mini-concert during a break in the dancing. The dance hall was spacious, giving the participants ample room to perform the figures with grace and style. We really enjoyed the opportunity to dance the high energy and tricky dances that were on the program.

At the afterglow, Maggie was excited to jam on her fiddle with another musician well into the night while the rest of us relaxed and assuaged our tired feet. The next morning, the two of us highballed it back to Portland, stopping in Detroit Lake to admire the exposed stumps in the reservoir. We are certainly looking forward to the next ball in the highlands!

November 8, 2014 Portland Dance Program

R. Goldring, 24 Graded and Social Dances
8×32J, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s Adv+Ret, turn RH
9-16 1s+2s dance Allemande
17-24 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s
25-32 2s+1s dance RH across and LH back
M. Levy, RSCDS Book 36
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH and cast down to 3rd place, cross RH and cast up to 2nd place on own sides
9-16 1s set adv to partner and turn 1st corner 2H to face 2nd corner, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 ending M between top couple facing down and L between bottom couple facing up
17-24 1s set adv to partner and turn 4th corner (pstn) 2H to face own 1st corner (pstn), 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 1st corners ending in 2nd place opp sides
25-32 3s+1s+2s Set+Link for 3 twice. 213
R. Arrowsmith, RSCDS Book 40
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross down (no hands) below 3s, cast up 1 place opposite sides & dance in to face 2L, 1s+2L dance RH across
9-16 1s+2M dance LH across & end 1L (with partner behind her) in centre facing up, 1s dance up & cast 1 place on own sides & face 3M
17-24 1s+3M dance RH across, 1s+3L dance LH across & end 1L (with partner behind her) in centre facing down
25-32 1s dance down below 3s & cast up on own sides to 2nd place, 2s+1s+3s turn RH
J. Cosh, 22 Scottish Country Dances
8×40J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross down below 2s, 1L casts up and 1M casts down, meet and turn LH to face 1st corners
9-32 2s+1s+3s dance full Marigold Figure:-
' 9-10 1s change places with 1st corners passing RSh, 1st corners pass RSh to face next corner (2nd corner) (2nd corners stand for 2 bars)
' 11-12 1st corners change places with 2nd corners passing RSh, 2nd corners pass RSh to face next corner (1s in 3rd corner)
' 13-14 2nd corners change places with 1s passing RSh
' 15-32 Repeat this Fig until 2s and 3s are back in original places and 1s end facing 2nd corners
33-40 1s turn 2nd corners RH, turn 1st corners LH and dance ½ Figs of 8 (Lady round 2s and Man round 3s) to own sides
J. B. Dickson, Lothian Coll.
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1L+2M turn RH 1 ½ to face partner on sides
5-8 1s+2s set to partner and turn RH
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on the sides (2s+1s pass RSh to start)
17-20 1M+2L turn LH 1 ½
21-24 2s+1s set, cross RH
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back
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).
I. Boyd, Happy to Meet
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place, dance up between 2s and cast to 2nd place own side
9-16 1s Adv+Ret with 1st corners and dance DoSiDo with 1st corners
17-24 1s repeat with 2nd corners
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
J. Drewry, Bankhead Book 1
3×32S, 3C set
1-8 1s+2s set and Petronella-in-tandem twice to end with 2s+1s on opposite sides having changed places
9-16 2s+1s set and 2s cross RH and 1s LH, 1L dances RH across with 2s and 1M with 3s
17-24 1s+3s Set+Link and circle 4H round to left
25-32 2s+3s+1s dance Grand Chain (2s crossing to commence)
Longman and Broderip, RSCDS Book 7
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s lead down the middle and back again to places
9-16 2s lead down the middle and back again
17-24 1s+2s RH across for 3 steps, LH back to places and 1s cast to face 1st corners as 2s dance up to 1st place
25-32 1s turn 1st corner RH, turn partner LH, turn 2nd corner RH and partner LH to 2nd place own sides
B. Skelton, RSCDS Book 41
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, dance RH across with 3s and 1s end with Man facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him
9-16 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 3 with 1st corners, 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with 2nd corners
17-24 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reels of 3 with Ladies 1st corner (pstn), 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with Ladies 2nd corner (pstn)
25-32 1M followed by partner dance into LH across with 2s, 1s retain LH and ½ turn to own sides and 2s+1s+3s set
D. Haynes, Carnforth Collection 4
8×32S, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s set, cross RH, set and cross back RH
9-16 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s (cross down to start)
17-24 1s dance down for 2 bars, set, dance up and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L
R. Goldring, RSCDS Book 33
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-16 1s dance four successive half reels of 3 (1M leading throughout):
' 1-4 1s2L half reel of 3 (1M1L start by giving right shoulder);
' 5-8 1s2M half reel of 3 (1M2M give right shoulder);
' 9-12 1s3L half reel of 3 (1M3L give left shoulder);
' 13-16 1s3M half reel of 3 (1M3M give right shoulder);
17-20 1s turn by the right and cast up on own sides;
21-24 1s half figures of 8 round 2s;
25-26 2s1s3s turn by the right ¾ and retain hold to finish in line (Mn facing down, Ls facing up);
27-28 2s1s3s set;
29-30 2s1s3s turn by the right ¾ to finish on the sides;
31-32 2s1s3s set on the sides.

December 13, 2014 Portland Dance Program

P. Knapman, Collins Pocket Ref
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s turn RH and cast to 2nd place, turn partner LH 1¼ times to end Man facing down and Lady facing up
9-16 1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s), 1s pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back to 2nd place own side
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
I. Paterson, TAC 50th Anniversary
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s dance a Tourbillon:-
' 1-4 1s and 2s ½ turn partners 2H, 1M and 2L lead partners by nearer hand 1 place clockwise to end 1s on Ladies side and 2s Men's side, 1s set to 2s
' 5-8 1s and 2s ½ turn partners 2H and lead partners on 1 place clockwise and 2s+1s cross RH to own sides
9-16 1s cast to right on own sides and pass RSh in middle of set, cast to right again and pass RSh to end in 2nd place on opposite side
17-28 2s+1s+3s dance 3 couple R&L
29-32 1s turn 1½ times to 2nd place own sides. 213
RSCDS Book 31
4×48R, Sq. Set
1-8 1L+3M turn RH, dance round partner RSh to turn each other again RH ending in middle holding RH and partners LH
9-16 1s+3s Balance-in-Line, 1L+3M turn partners LH into the middle and Balance-in-Line again, turn partner LH to original pstns
17-24 1s+3s dance R&L
25-32 1s+3s dance Ladies Chain
33-40 All turn corners RH retaining hold and hold partners LH to form a circle (men facing out), all set and turn partner LH (4 bars) into prom hold
41-48 All dance round anticlockwise in prom hold to original pstns
Endnote: Repeat with 2L+4M, 3L+1M, 4L+2M
J. Cosh, 22 Scottish Country Dances
8×40J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross down below 2s, 1L casts up and 1M casts down, meet and turn LH to face 1st corners
9-32 2s+1s+3s dance full Marigold Figure:-
' 9-10 1s change places with 1st corners passing RSh, 1st corners pass RSh to face next corner (2nd corner) (2nd corners stand for 2 bars)
' 11-12 1st corners change places with 2nd corners passing RSh, 2nd corners pass RSh to face next corner (1s in 3rd corner)
' 13-14 2nd corners change places with 1s passing RSh
' 15-32 Repeat this Fig until 2s and 3s are back in original places and 1s end facing 2nd corners
33-40 1s turn 2nd corners RH, turn 1st corners LH and dance ½ Figs of 8 (Lady round 2s and Man round 3s) to own sides
B. McMurtry, Dragonfly
3×32S, 3C set
1-4 All couples set, C1 cast off two places while C3 dance to the top
5-8 C1 and C3 set and turn with both hands, C1 finish middle of set facing up and C3 finish middle of set facing down, nearer hands joined
9-16 Circle, 6 hands round and back
17-24 Mirror reel of three on own side. C1 and C3 cast into reel, C2 dance in and down. C2 and C1 finish in middle, facing up and down, nearer hands joined
25-32 C2 and C1 dance rondel. C1, at the bottom begin by making arch, C2 dance up under arch.
R. Goldring, RSCDS Book 33
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-16 1s dance four successive half reels of 3 (1M leading throughout):
' 1-4 1s2L half reel of 3 (1M1L start by giving right shoulder);
' 5-8 1s2M half reel of 3 (1M2M give right shoulder);
' 9-12 1s3L half reel of 3 (1M3L give left shoulder);
' 13-16 1s3M half reel of 3 (1M3M give right shoulder);
17-20 1s turn by the right and cast up on own sides;
21-24 1s half figures of 8 round 2s;
25-26 2s1s3s turn by the right ¾ and retain hold to finish in line (Mn facing down, Ls facing up);
27-28 2s1s3s set;
29-30 2s1s3s turn by the right ¾ to finish on the sides;
31-32 2s1s3s set on the sides.
Brunken, E., Moments in Time (2007)
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-4 First couple dance ½ figure of 8 around the 2s.
5-8 First couple dance ½ figure of 8 around the 3s.
9-16 First couple turn partners and corners:
'9-10 First couple turn partner ¾ by the R.
'11-12 First couple turn 1st corners ¾ by the L.
'13-14 First couple turn partner ¾ by the R.
'15-16 First couple turn 2nd corners ¾ by the L. 1L finish between the 3s, 1M finish between the 2s.
17-20 Advance and retire up and down the set.
21-24 First couple cross up and down by the R and cast R to end in 2nd place on own sides.
25-28 All three couples advance and retire.
29-32 All three couples turn partners R.
J. B. Dickson, Lothian Coll.
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-4 1L+2M turn RH 1 ½ to face partner on sides
5-8 1s+2s set to partner and turn RH
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance reels of 3 on the sides (2s+1s pass RSh to start)
17-20 1M+2L turn LH 1 ½
21-24 2s+1s set, cross RH
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back
J. Bradley, Nottingham Lace
3×32R, 3C set, 2s on opposite sides
1-8 Ladies set twice and dance LH across while Men cast and chase clockwise all back to places
9-16 Men set twice and dance RH across while Ladies cast and chase anticlockwise to places
17-24 All dance reels of 3 on sides 2s giving RSh to 3s
25-32 1s+2s set, dance RH across ½ way, 1s+3s set and dance LH across ½ way. 2(3)1
Longman and Broderip, RSCDS Book 7
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s lead down the middle and back again to places
9-16 2s lead down the middle and back again
17-24 1s+2s RH across for 3 steps, LH back to places and 1s cast to face 1st corners as 2s dance up to 1st place
25-32 1s turn 1st corner RH, turn partner LH, turn 2nd corner RH and partner LH to 2nd place own sides
M. Levy, RSCDS Book 36
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH and cast down to 3rd place, cross RH and cast up to 2nd place on own sides
9-16 1s set adv to partner and turn 1st corner 2H to face 2nd corner, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 ending M between top couple facing down and L between bottom couple facing up
17-24 1s set adv to partner and turn 4th corner (pstn) 2H to face own 1st corner (pstn), 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 1st corners ending in 2nd place opp sides
25-32 3s+1s+2s Set+Link for 3 twice. 213
I. Boyd, Happy to Meet
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place, dance up between 2s and cast to 2nd place own side
9-16 1s Adv+Ret with 1st corners and dance DoSiDo with 1st corners
17-24 1s repeat with 2nd corners
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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

If you want to vote in the Annual General Meeting (AGM), your membership must be renewed before the Meeting, which is the second Monday in May.

If your are not a current member, you can register here.

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

Membership Type:
$32
$47
$5
$5

Note for families: Join at the family rate only if there are two adults; a single adult should join at the single rate.

A “secondary” membership is for people who already have their RSCDS membership through another branch and want to become members of our branch. The “Ghillie Gazette Only” option is for people who have not yet decided to join the branch but would like to receive the newsletter.

Please make check payable to “RSCDS Portland OR Branch” and mail or give to Sally Palmer, 1425 SE Yukon St., Portland, OR 97202-5315 . We cannot process your membership request until we receive your check.

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