The Ghillie Gazette

The January/February 2016 newsletter of the Portland Oregon Branch of the R.S.C.D.S.

Spring Fling Trial Dancing

Spring Fling Trial Dancing in Vancouver, Wash.

President’s Corner

by Martin Mac​Kenzie

Happy New Year!

We look forward to dancing starting again Monday, January 4, 2016 so that we can try to strip off the effects of “The Most Caloric Time of The Year.” Coming up, in addition to classes and second Saturday dances in Portland, we have events outside of our area. Don’t forget our very own Portland Workshop and Ball which is coming up March 12th. There will be more publicity for that as time progresses. If you navigate to http://www.rscds-swws.org/events.html, the details of events outside Portland are recorded there. For those who want to have an international experience in SCD without leaving the North American continent, TAC Summer School is coming up in Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. The details for that are here: http://www.tac-rscds.org/summer-school. Eunice and I had a wonderful experience with these folks in Farmville, VA at the University of Longwood last summer. They were extra ordinarily nice and helpful to us. If you want to read Eunice’s article about that event, please navigate to navigate to http://www.rscds-swws.org/news/201509/vol32-2.htm. To view this, the username is guest772 and the password is belfast.

Though our AGM (Annual General Meeting) is a ways off (May 2016), please think ahead and consider volunteering to run for office as at least myself and others will be time limited out. For myself, I thank the officers for their hard, skillful, and focused work making it possible for all of us to skip the “Scottish” light fantastic on the dance floor. I’m also profoundly thankful for Lisa Scott whose contact with the Portland Country Dance Community made possible the new venue which we’re enjoyed this (past) year.

I look forward dancing with all y’all this coming 2016!

Burns Dance January 16, 2016, Eugene

by Robert and Leone Burger and Kalindi Devi-Dasi

The Eugene Scottish Country Dancers will be holding our annual Robert Burns Night Dance on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The location is the Santa Clara Grange on 295 Azalea Drive, Eugene, OR 97404 (same as last year). The event will begin at 7p.m. We will also be hosting a workshop that same afternoon (3-5pm) to walk through as many dances as possible. The afternoon walk through is free.

Payment Options

Mail check payable to Kalindi Devi-Dasi (2873 Quiet Lane, Eugene, OR 97404) Send email that you will pay at the door: Registration (by check or email notification) after 12/31/15 is $25 per person

When registering, please indicate if you will be attending the pre-dance workshop from 3-5 pm For more information, call Robert or Leone: 541 935 6051

RSCDS Strategy

by Tom Halpenny

RSCDS Headquarters is evaluating its strategy for the coming three years. The continuing decline in membership and rising costs to provide services have stimulated the need to widen the options and evaluate priorities. The discussion is based on five strategic objectives in order to accomplish the RSCDS Mission: To grow a vibrant worldwide community of Scottish Dance and Music.

  1. To promote Scottish Country Dance and related dance forms as inclusive and exciting activities
  2. To build the number, capacity and networking of branches and other dance groups who share our objectives, to help them grow and deliver SCD activity
  3. To maintain and develop high standards of teaching of Scottish Country Dance and music, including the development of the dance and music repertoire for all ages and abilities
  4. To enable enjoyable and high quality Scottish Country Dance opportunities for all ages and abilities worldwide
  5. Strengthen and improve the RSCDS, including its governance and long term financial viability, to enable it to deliver on the above objectives

The AGM 2015 Open Forum group of 80 members evaluated the strategic objectives and provided input. We can read a summary of the results. The report lists what has been good / works well and what needs doing better / more, for each objective.

https://www.rscds.org/document/1143

The RSCDS Management Board and Committees will use this valuable feedback from the Open Forum to help shape their next step in developing a Strategic Business Plan for the next 3 years. The Management Board, Committees and staff of RSCDS will be meeting on 9 January 2016 to put more flesh on to the 5 Strategic Objectives which will set the framework for producing a more detailed plan of action for the next three years. HQ welcomes your comments and feedback both through the Branch Secretaries Facebook Group and through email before then. For example, branches might want to weigh in on high priority factors, or identify factors missing from the Open Forum notes.

I perused past Scottish Country Dancer magazine editions and found articles in the 2009 issues 8 and 9, related to the previous strategic plan, that might stimulate ideas for the current effort. We are considering many of the same issues that were discussed six years ago. What progress has been made? We can continue with methods that were successful, while less-successful methods might suggest considering new options for improvement.

http://www.rscds-swws.org/news/stories/SCD-Magazine-2009-Articles.pdf

Asilomar 2015 – Sunshine in November

by Holly Gibson

Last year three dancers from the Portland/SW Washington branches made the trek south to the Asilomar Conference Center located on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California for the San Francisco Branch’s annual workshop and ball. We had so much fun we decided we had to go back, and so Linda Mae Dennis, Darrick Wong, and I found ourselves once again flying to San Jose and being chauffeured to the venue by fellow dancer Geoffrey Wood.

Compared to last year, traffic to Monterey was nonexistent. We arrived around sunset, checked in (a process in itself), and spent time catching up with friends, getting ready for dancing, and preparing for soon-to-be-tired feet. After a quick walk along the boardwalk and dinner, we headed to the welcome dance. This year’s event was a sell out and finding any part of the floor in Merrill Hall that wasn’t occupied by a pair of ghillies was a challenge. With music by Andy Imbrie and Judi Nicholson, it was also a challenge to find anyone sitting out. After the dance, which seemed to be over in 10 minutes, there was a ceilidh with several original dances, musical performances, and a rousing version of what Scottish Country Dancing must have looked like in the 1970s, complete with polyester, tie-dyed t-shirts, and Dancing Queen by ABBA.

Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny (and cold). The teachers this year were Jimmie Hill, Elaine Brunken, Jeff Corrigan, Allan Twhigg, and Ruth Jappy, hailing from Scotland, Missouri (by way of Scotland), California, and Canada. Dancers also came from various parts of the globe with France, England, Canada, and Denmark being represented. For the morning classes, dancers were divided by their activity preferences (as in barely moving or barely contained). The first class was quicktime and then strathspey. After lunch there were several electives to choose from. I’m sure they were terrific, some of us sort of played hooky.

Linda Mae and I walked to Cannery Row, investigated a sock shop (although the chocolate shop next door proved more interesting), took note of a Labradoodle wearing sunglasses, and then walked back along the shoreline to the conference center. After a break and a review of the dances, we were ready for the ball. Unfortunately, we were a little off on the time the grand march started and arrived just as the pipes started playing. The hall was packed with people eager to dance to the music of Fiddlesticks & Ivory and, with 18 dances on the program, there was ample opportunity. One of the largest musical surprises was the last dance, the Reel of the 51st Division, with a local piper accompanying the band, putting a large exclamation point on the end of the evening.

Being too excited after all the dancing to go to sleep, we went in search of the musicians’ after party. Unfortunately, it didn’t get started until about 1:00 a.m., 30 minutes after we left. The weather was still clear at that time but for once the forecast was accurate and the rain started early in the morning. While walking back from the beach, in an effort to see if there was any semblance of a sunrise, I noticed folks with umbrellas and thought it seemed out of place, until I realized I wasn’t in Oregon anymore where everyone owns a raincoat.

The morning dance class started around 9:30 and the floor was just as crowded as the night before (although there were more pairs of Nikes than ghillies by this time). Each teacher taught a dance, with the last one being Pulling Bracken, which has a reel across the dance with first couple in allemande hold into a grand chain, not the easiest thing to do when everyone’s brain is running on a few hours’ sleep.

After checking out, lunch, and goodbyes, Geoffrey, Linda Mae, Darrick, and I headed to Point Lobos State Park. The wind had blown away the rain, leaving stormy skies with flashes of blue in its wake and gigantic crashing waves. Point Lobos was amazing and I’m surprised we walked as far as we did since it was so tempting to stop every few steps and just gape. Fortunately, our plane didn’t leave until late evening so there was plenty of time for that. We had dinner (and met Darrick’s dad) in Sunnyvale, and then Geoffrey dropped Linda Mae and I at the airport while Darrick returned with his dad. A few quick hours later it was back to real life, and rain. Next year, Asilomar will be in late October so there’s plenty of time for everyone to start planning a trip to the California coast.

Antonya and Brian’s Party

by Stephen Hui

We were treated to attend Antonya and Brian’s party at their quaint and cozy home in NE Portland. We saw a lot of friends, neighbors, and a few Portland RSCDS dance class members – enough to make a four-couple dance set. It was a festive evening with delicious food and by 7:30 the whole house was filled with conversations and the sweet aroma of food.

Cynthia and Nathaniel provided the music with selections from Alasdair Fraser and Natalie’s Fire and Grace album and Hanneke Cassel’s mesmerizing melodies. The music drew a few people to the living room which was beautifully decorated and warmed by the cracking flame of the fireplace. At the request of Antonya, the dancers obliged to perform a reel “Black Donald” and a strathspey “Neidpath Castle”. The reel was performed at the entry way which, even though a tight space, the dancers were able to negotiate the turns and allemande fine. Graceful rendition of the strathspey was done in the living room and show-cased the beautiful diamond poussette. It was a delightful evening for all who attended.

January 9, 2016 Dance Program

Foss: Glendarroch
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross RH & cast (Man up & Lady down) into centre
9-16 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round & back (1s end in centre)
17-24 1s change places RH & dance to right into Figs of 8 (Lady round 2s as 1M dances round 3s)
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving RSh to 2nd corners & cross RH to places
R. Taylor, RSCDS Book 46
3×32S 3C set
1-8 1L followed by partner casts 2 places, 1L crosses and casts up on Men’s side to 2nd place while 1M dances up the middle to 2nd place Ladies side and all set advancing into prom hold (2s and 3s face up, 1s down) 2(1)3
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Circulating Allemandes:- 2s and 3s dance normal Allemande but end in 3rd/1st place as 1s Allemande (down) and up to 2nd place opposite sides. 3(1)2
17-24 1s dance 1⁄2 Figs of 8 (1L up round 3s, 1M down round 2s), all turn partners 2H 312
25-32 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette
William Campbell, RSCDS Book 20
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1M sets to 2L and turns LH while 1L sets to 2M and turns RH, 1M sets to 3L and turns RH while 1L sets to 3M and turns LH
9-16 1s lead up to top, cross, set and cast to 2nd place on own sides
17-24 1s+3s circle 4H round and back
25-32 2s+1s R&L
The Diamond Jubilee [videos: 1, 2]
Robert M. Campbell, RSCDS Book 31
4×32J, 4C set
1-8 1s and 4s turn 1½ times RH and cast 1 place, 1M and 4M also 1L and 4L turn LH on sides to end 1s facing up and 4s down. 2(1)(4)3
9-16 All dance reels of 4 on sides (1s and 4s do not fully complete reel but turn right about into centre BtoB facing corner just passed). 2(4)(1)3
17-24 4s and 1s set to corners and change places RH, set and change back LH
25-32 1s+4s dance RH across while 2s and 3s set and cross RH, all set and cross RH back to places. 2413
Joan Baker, Los Angeles Branch; Let’s All Dance, Too, No. 10
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1st, 2nd, and 3rd couples dance mirror reels of three on own sides. To begin, 1st couple dance in and down, 2nd couple dance out and up, 3rd couple dance in and up.
9-12 1st couple turn with right hands and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4 of the phrase.
13-16 1st couple dance back to back and finish facing down.
17-24 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a Grand Chain.
25-32 All circle six hands round and back. Repeat having passed a couple.
J. Attwood, Alexander Book 1
8×32R 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s cross RH and cast 1 place (Man up Lady down)
9-16 1s dance 1⁄2 reels of 3 across (1M with 2s and 1L with 3s), setlines across and change places RH with opposite person
17-24 2s+1s+3s chase clockwise 1⁄2 way, 1s dance in and turn RH to face 1st corner pstns as 2s and 3s continue to chase on to places (as bar 16)
25-32 1s dance 1⁄2 reel of 4 with 1st corners, passing RSh dance 1⁄2 reel with 2nd corners and cross passing RSh to 2nd place own sides in
Button and Whitaker, RSCDS Book 15
8×48J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1L followed by 2L +3L cross and dance down behind 1+2+3M cross and dance back to places
9-16 1M+2M+3M repeat dancing round behind Ladies back to place
17-24 1M+2M also 1L+2L, set to each other and change places RH, set and change back LH
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette, 1s end BtoB in centre facing own sides for Double Triangles
33-40 1s dance Double Triangles and end side by side facing out on Ladies' side between 2L+3L
41-48 1s lead out between 2L+3L, cast L up and M down, meet in middle and lead out between 2M+3M, 1s cast as before and end in 2nd place own sides
H. P. C. Mitchell Mitchell, 4 SCDs, 1978
4×32S, 4C set
1-8 1L and 3L set diagonally to 2M and 4M and change places RH, all set to partners on sides and change places RH
9-16 All dance full reels of 4 on sides
17-24 All set and cross over RH, 1s+2s also 3s+4s circle 4H round to left ending in 2 diagonal lines for ½ Poussette. 2143
25-32 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette and 1s lead down to bottom
Deidre MacCuish, RSCDS Book 49
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place and set advancing to face 1st corners (2s step up 3-4)
9-16 1s turn 1st corners RH, pass RSh, turn 2nd corners RH, pass RSh to 2nd place own side facing out (corners dance 4 bars)
17-24 2s+1s+3s dance Chain Progression:-
' 17-18 1M casts up, 1L casts down as 2s+3s turn ¾ RH into line up/down set
' 19-22 1M+2L and 1L+3M, in prom hold dance clockwise to opposite end of line as 2M+3M (in middle) turn 1½ LH
' 23-24 1s dance clockwise to 2nd place own side as 3s+2s turn partners ¾ RH to own sides. All face clockwise. 312
' 25-32 3s+1s+2s dance clockwise ½ way round set. All set, cross RH to own sides. 213
Els van der Kamp, Eight by Thirty Two
4×32J 3C (4C set)
1–8 1W followed by 1M cast off (2c up on 3-4) and cross ; 2c+1c RHA (1W face out)
9–16 1W followed by 1M cast off (3c up on 11-12) and cross ; 1c+3c LHA (2,3,1)
17–24 1c cross RH | cast up (3c down) ; 1c petronella turn | all set in lines across
25–32 1c cross RH up/down | cast R while{4} 2M+3M & 2W+3W dance BtoB ; all turn P RH (2,1,3)
Ann Dix, RSCDS Book 49
3×32S, 3C Set
1-8 1s+2s+3s dance Mirror (Reflection) reels of 3 on sides (1s in/down to start)
9-16 1s set, cast (2s step up) and turn RH. 1L casts to 3rd place, 1M casts up to 1st place (2M steps down and 3L steps up)
17-24 All dance 3 couple Bourrel:-
' 17-20 1M+3L also 2M+1L set advancing and ¾ turn 2H to line up/down middle then pull back RSh turning 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 3s+1s+2s circle 6H round and back
RSCDS Book 24
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross down RH to face out between 2s & 3s giving hands to each corner & set, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s & 2s+1s+3s set
9-16 1s (turning to right) dance RSh reels of 3 across & 1s end passing LSh to 2nd place on opposite sides
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars & lead up, cross at the top & cast to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

February 13, 2015 Dance Program

Craigmyle, RSCDS Book 22
8×32J 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cross RH, cast 1 place and turn LH to face 1st corners
9-24 1s dance Corner Chain with 1st and 2nd corners:-
' 1s change places RH with 1st corners, 1st corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s who turn LH in centre to face 2nd corners
' 1s change places RH with 2nd corners, 2nd corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s and 1s end with a ½ turn LH to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
Robert M. Campbell, RSCDS Leaflet Dances 8
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s turn RH, cast 1 place, ¾ turn RH, 1L dances up and casts round 2L as 1M dances down to 3rd place and casts up round 3M to 2nd place
9-16 1s turn 1st corners RH pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corners RH and pass partner RSh to 2nd place own sides
17-24 1s dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides (1s dancing out and up to start), 1s and 2s continue reel with extra loop to end 123
25-32 1s+2s dance Tournée:-
' 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
Deidre MacCuish, RSCDS Book 49
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, dance down below 3s, cast up to 2nd place and set advancing to face 1st corners (2s step up 3-4)
9-16 1s turn 1st corners RH, pass RSh, turn 2nd corners RH, pass RSh to 2nd place own side facing out (corners dance 4 bars)
17-24 2s+1s+3s dance Chain Progression:-
' 17-18 1M casts up, 1L casts down as 2s+3s turn ¾ RH into line up/down set
' 19-22 1M+2L and 1L+3M, in prom hold dance clockwise to opposite end of line as 2M+3M (in middle) turn 1½ LH
' 23-24 1s dance clockwise to 2nd place own side as 3s+2s turn partners ¾ RH to own sides. All face clockwise. 312
' 25-32 3s+1s+2s dance clockwise ½ way round set. All set, cross RH to own sides. 213
Button and Whitaker, RSCDS Book 15
8×48J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1L followed by 2L +3L cross and dance down behind 1+2+3M cross and dance back to places
9-16 1M+2M+3M repeat dancing round behind Ladies back to place
17-24 1M+2M also 1L+2L, set to each other and change places RH, set and change back LH
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette, 1s end BtoB in centre facing own sides for Double Triangles
33-40 1s dance Double Triangles and end side by side facing out on Ladies' side between 2L+3L
41-48 1s lead out between 2L+3L, cast L up and M down, meet in middle and lead out between 2M+3M, 1s cast as before and end in 2nd place own sides
H. P. C. Mitchell Mitchell, 4 SCDs, 1978
4×32S, 4C set
1-8 1L and 3L set diagonally to 2M and 4M and change places RH, all set to partners on sides and change places RH
9-16 All dance full reels of 4 on sides
17-24 All set and cross over RH, 1s+2s also 3s+4s circle 4H round to left ending in 2 diagonal lines for ½ Poussette. 2143
25-32 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette and 1s lead down to bottom
Border Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s turn RH, cast to 2nd place, cross RH, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s
9-16 1s set and turn RH to opposite sides between 2s+3s, set and turn RH to face 1st corners
17-24 1s set and turn 1st corners 2H, set and turn 2nd corners 2H
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 1st corners and cross to own sides
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.
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.
R. Goldring, 29 Social Dances
5×32R, 5C set
1-8 1s set & cast 1 place, 1s followed by 3s dance up & cast - 1s to 3rd place & 3s to 2nd place
9-16 1s cross down & dance reflection reels of 3 with 4s+5s on opposite sides - 1s end in 3rd place opposite sides
17-24 1s cross up & dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides with 2s+3s - 1s ending in 3rd place own sides
25-32 1s set & cast down 1 place, 1s followed by 5s dance up between 4s & cast - 1s to 5th place & 5s to 4th place. Ends 2-3-4-5-1.
Blue Bonnets [videos: 1, 2]
RSCDS Book 3
8×32J, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1L+2M Adv+Ret and dance DoSiDo
9-16 1M+2L Adv+Ret and dance DoSiDo
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back
25-32 1s+2s dance Poussette. 2 1
Linda Gaul, Five Dances (2009)
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set and turn 2H to face down, 1s dance down below 3s and cast up to 2nd place
9-16 2s+1s dance double Fig of 8 (1s cross up to start) and 1s end facing 1st corners
17-20 1s set to 1st corners as 2nd corners set diagonally and dance RSh round each other to face 1st corner (pstn) again as 2s+3s dance clockwise 1 place
21-24 1s set to corners as 2s set diagonally and dance RSh round each other to 2nd place opposites as 2s+3s dance clockwise 1 place. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 3s+1s+2s ½ turn RH and face partners. All set to finish facing up nearer hands joined, 3s followed by 1s+2s dance up and cast to new positions. 213
RSCDS Book 24
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross down RH to face out between 2s & 3s giving hands to each corner & set, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s & 2s+1s+3s set
9-16 1s (turning to right) dance RSh reels of 3 across & 1s end passing LSh to 2nd place on opposite sides
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars & lead up, cross at the top & cast to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

March Ball Program

Foss: Glendarroch
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, cross RH & cast (Man up & Lady down) into centre
9-16 1s+2s+3s circle 6H round & back (1s end in centre)
17-24 1s change places RH & dance to right into Figs of 8 (Lady round 2s as 1M dances round 3s)
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving RSh to 2nd corners & cross RH to places
Robert M. Campbell, RSCDS Leaflet Dances 8
8×32S, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s turn RH, cast 1 place, ¾ turn RH, 1L dances up and casts round 2L as 1M dances down to 3rd place and casts up round 3M to 2nd place
9-16 1s turn 1st corners RH pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corners RH and pass partner RSh to 2nd place own sides
17-24 1s dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides (1s dancing out and up to start), 1s and 2s continue reel with extra loop to end 123
25-32 1s+2s dance Tournée:-
' 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
Iain Boyd, Harbour City
8×32R, 2C (4C set)
1-8 1s set and cross over RH, set and ¾ turn RH
9-16 1s dance RH across with 2M and LH across with 2L
17-24 1L followed by 1M dance down for 2 and 1M followed by 1L dance up for 2, both cast on Ladies' side and 1M crosses to 2nd place own side
25-32 2s+1s R&L
Ron Wallace, From the Redwood Forest
8×32J, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cast 1 place, set and ½ turn RH to face 1st corners
9-16 1s turn 1st corner LH, turn partner RH, turn 2nd corner LH and turn partner RH to end 2nd place own sides
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 on sides (RSh to 3rd corner to start) ending BtoB facing own sides
25-32 1s dance Double Triangles ending 2nd places
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
Border Book
8×32R, 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s turn RH, cast to 2nd place, cross RH, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s
9-16 1s set and turn RH to opposite sides between 2s+3s, set and turn RH to face 1st corners
17-24 1s set and turn 1st corners 2H, set and turn 2nd corners 2H
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 1st corners and cross to own sides
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.
D. Haynes, RSCDS Leaflet 10
8×32S 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s+2s set, turn partners 2H opening out into 4H round
9-16 2s+1s dance the Knot, 1s turn LH to end facing 1st corners
17-24 1s turn corners RH, partners LH, 2nd corners RH and partners LH
25-32 1s dance RH across, (1M with 3s and 1L with 2s), pass partner RSh and dance LH across with other couple, 1s end in 2nd place. 213
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.
Intermission
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
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)
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.
R. Goldring, 29 Social Dances
5×32R, 5C set
1-8 1s set & cast 1 place, 1s followed by 3s dance up & cast - 1s to 3rd place & 3s to 2nd place
9-16 1s cross down & dance reflection reels of 3 with 4s+5s on opposite sides - 1s end in 3rd place opposite sides
17-24 1s cross up & dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides with 2s+3s - 1s ending in 3rd place own sides
25-32 1s set & cast down 1 place, 1s followed by 5s dance up between 4s & cast - 1s to 5th place & 5s to 4th place. Ends 2-3-4-5-1.
Craigmyle, RSCDS Book 22
8×32J 3C (4C set)
1-8 1s set, cross RH, cast 1 place and turn LH to face 1st corners
9-24 1s dance Corner Chain with 1st and 2nd corners:-
' 1s change places RH with 1st corners, 1st corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s who turn LH in centre to face 2nd corners
' 1s change places RH with 2nd corners, 2nd corners turn LH in centre and return to places giving RH to 1s and 1s end with a ½ turn LH to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
R. Taylor, RSCDS Book 46
3×32S 3C set
1-8 1L followed by partner casts 2 places, 1L crosses and casts up on Men’s side to 2nd place while 1M dances up the middle to 2nd place Ladies side and all set advancing into prom hold (2s and 3s face up, 1s down) 2(1)3
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance Circulating Allemandes:- 2s and 3s dance normal Allemande but end in 3rd/1st place as 1s Allemande (down) and up to 2nd place opposite sides. 3(1)2
17-24 1s dance 1⁄2 Figs of 8 (1L up round 3s, 1M down round 2s), all turn partners 2H 312
25-32 1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette
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.
Waltz

Registration Open for the 37th Workshop and Ball

by Darrick Wong

Hi folks! This is a quick update to the January/February Ghillie Gazette. Registration for the 37th annual workshop and ball is now open! Hope to see you all there on March 12th.

Workshop Registration Form

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Portland, Ore. Branch:
2018 Workshop Registration Form

 

Registration Fees

Through Feb. 6th:After Feb. 6th:
Workshop/Ball:
RSCDS Member × $ × $
Non-Member × $ × $
 
Workshop Only:
RSCDS Member × $ × $
Non-Member × $ × $
 
Ball Only:
RSCDS Member × $ × $
Non-Member × $ × $
 
Ball Spectator:
(non-dancer)
× $
Lunch Only:
(guests)
× $

Lunch is included with the workshop fee. While we will do our best to keep food items separate, we cannot guarantee that your lunch will be completely wheat, soy, nut, or other allergen-free. If your allergy is life-threatening, please let us know in the “Other Notes”; that information will be passed on to Holly Gibson.

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 workshop registration until we receive your check.

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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.

January 2019

Portland Dance [crib]
Burlingame Water Tower, Portland, Ore.
1/12 at 7:30pm

March 2019

Portland Ball
Portland
3/9

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 2018-2019

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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