Workshop and Ball

Please check back here for information on the 36th annual workshop and ball, to be held in March 2015. Looking for the programs for either the 2014 Portland Ball or the 2014 Vancouver Dinner Dance?

Vancouver Dinner Dance

Thank you all who came to the 35th annual Portland workshop and ball! The next major dance event in the area is the Vancouver Dinner Dance, the program for which is below.

Registration

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Program

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.

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Map

Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wash.


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  1. Take the East Fourth Plain exit from I-5 in Vancouver, and turn west (right if you're coming from the north, left if you're coming from the south).
  2. At the first light past the freeway (that is, F Street), turn right.
  3. At the first driveway on the left, turn left, go behind the building, and park.

Workshop and Ball

Every year, the Portland group puts on a dancing workshop and a ball in early March. The 35th ball is March 8th, 2014 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Lake Oswego, Ore. Check back for more details as they are available! Like us on Facebook! We also have a printable registration form available!

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  1. Schedule
  2. Ball Program
  3. Registration
  4. Directions
  5. Contacts

Schedule

Registration9:30a-10:00a
Classes10:00a-12:00p
Lunch12:00p-1:15p
Classes1:15p-2:30p
Combined Class2:45p-3:15p
Ball Walk-through3:15p-3:45p
Grand March7:00p
Ball7:00p-11:00p

Bottled water will not be provided. Please bring your own to refill as needed.

Teachers

  • Irene Paterson, Mukilteo, Wash.
  • David Newitt, Berkeley, Calif.

Musicians

  • Etienne Ozorak, Accordian, Music Makars
  • Fred Mamula, Fiddle, Music Makars
  • Lisa Scott - Piano, Portland, Ore.

Ball Program

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.

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Class Levels

We offer two levels of dancing for classes. The effectiveness of the instruction at workshop classes is often reduced when the ability of dancers in a class is less than expected for that class. As a courtesy to our workshop teachers and fellow dancers, consider your level of dancing when comparing it with the descriptions below. If you are not sure which level you should sign up for, please ask your regular teacher.

Level 1: This level is for the less experienced dancer or someone who enjoys dancing at a less challenging level. Dancers should be able to dance a basic dance after walking it through from each position.

Level 2: For the more experienced dancer who has been dancing and attending classes regularly for at least two years and...

  • Has attended at least one previous RSCDS workshop.
  • Has a working knowledge of ALL basic steps and common formations.
  • Has been learning more advanced formations.
  • Is able to dance a new dance with common figures competently after only one walk through.
  • Can correct own errors by the beginning of the next phrase.

Registration

Online registration for the workshop and ball has closed.

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Directions

Christ Episcopal Church, 1060 Chandler Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


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Coming NORTH on I-5:

  1. Take Exit 292B toward Kruse Way. (0.4mi)
  2. Turn left onto Kruse Way. (1.3mi)
  3. Turn left onto Boones Ferry Rd.; get in the right lane. (0.7mi)
  4. Slight right turn on SW Country Club Rd. (1.7mi)
  5. Turn right onto 10 St. (161ft)
  6. Continue onto Chandler Rd. (305ft)
  7. Destination will be on the left.

Coming SOUTH on I-5:

  1. Take Exit 292. (0.3 mi)
  2. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Kruse Way/Lake Oswego. (144ft)
  3. Turn left onto Kruse Way. (1.3mi)
  4. Turn left onto Boones Ferry Rd.; get in the right lane. (0.7mi)
  5. Slight right turn on SW Country Club Rd. (1.7mi)
  6. Turn right onto 10 St. (161ft)
  7. Continue onto Chandler Rd. (305ft)
  8. Destination will be on the left.

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Overnight Accommodations

Limited housing with our members is available. If interested, email Linda Gertz below.

Nearest Hotel: Lakeshore Inn, 210 N. State St., Lake Oswego, Ore.


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Contacts

Linda Gertz
Linda Gertz, Chair
503-692-5963
Debbie McRobert
Debbie McRobert, Teacher
503-620-3034