Friday Class Update

We had half the usual number of dancers at the Friday class this week, but still a large enough group to dance. Next Friday (April 10, 2009), being Good Friday, we will not have the usual Friday class. There will, however, be a party on Saturday April 11, 2009. This will be our ‘mock’ ball where everyone will get a chance to practice all of the dances on our upcoming ball program and have a nice potluck dinner afterward (and let’s not forget to wish Peggy a happy birthday that night).

The picture is our demo team practicing for the three upcoming performances. We have, one following close on the other, performances at the Woodland Games, the Sacramento Zoo, and the newly formed games in Rippon California.

Friday class

With thirteen students we had either enough for two three couple sets, or a coven. We chose the sets.

More practice…

…for the demo dancers getting ready for the Camelia Festival.

I would like to borrow terminology from watchmakers and call the collection “Grand Complications”. I think a subtitle of “Not for the faint of heart” would also be appropriate. In watches grand complications are such things as perpetual calendars, minute repeaters, turbillions, sidereal time, moon phase, equation of time (only a partial list).

What do our dance devisors think?


Doing a Highland Fling while Abraham plays the pipes.


…piping for our dance, and doing an excellant job of it.

Using the chanter…

…to practise since we are inside. Dance being pipped by Abraham.

Friday Night Class

Part of the night was spent rehearsing the dances for the Festival of Trees on Saturday 12/6/2008 at Mickey Grove. We had a piper in attendance who will also be pipping at the festival.

Festival of Trees

Walk-throughs before the performance.

December Party MiniCribs





HOOPER’S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set)    MMM 2

1- 8    All clap & 1s cross passing RSh, cast to 2nd place & dance RH across with 3s

9-16    All clap & 1s cross passing RSh, cast to 1st place & dance LH across with 2s

17-24    1M+3L change places RH, 1L+3M change places RH (as 1M+3L loop round), 1M+3L change places RH (as 1L+3M loop round), 1L+3M cross LH 1L ending in 2nd place (as 1M casts to 2nd pl)

25-32    2s+1s dance R&L


ROSS MEOR (S8x32) 3C (4C set)    Johnson RSCDS Bk 29

1- 8    1M+2M dance across between partners & cast round partners back to places, 1L+2L repeat

9-16    1s+2s dance double Fig of 8

17-24    1s+3s dance double Fig of 8

25-32    1s+3s dance R&L



THE EDINBURGH EXILES (R8x32) 3C (4C set)    R Goldring G & S Dances 2

1- 8    1s dance reflection reels of 3 on opposite sides (passing between 2s & 3s) 1s end 1st place opposite sides

9-12    1s dance down the middle below 3s & cast up to 2nd place opposite side

13-24    2s+1s+3s dance 3 couple R&L, 1s end facing 1st corners

25-32    1s set to 1st corners, set to 2nd corners, turn right to face partner, set & petronella turn to 2nd place own sides



1- 8    1s cross RH, cast for 2 steps (2s cast/bar 3 & follow), 2s+1s turn out, cast up, turn LH (Ladies side & RH on Mens) end in line across 1s in centre

9-16    1s+2s dance down the middle & back, 1s cast to 2nd place opposite sides

17-24    2s+1s dance a Ladies Chain

25-32    1s dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s & 2s+1s turn RH


JOHN OF BON ACCORD (R8x32) 3C (4C set)    R Goldring RSCDS Bk 33

1-16    1s dance 4 progressive 1/2 diagonal reels of 3 with 2L then 2M then 3L & lastly 3M, (1s start by passing RSh & 1M giving LSh to 2L)

17-24    1s turn RH & cast up to 2nd place on own sides, dance 1/2 Fig of 8 around the 2s to 2nd place opposite sides

25-32    2s+1s+3s turn 3/4 RH to end in line in centre of dance facing partners (M facing down & L up) & set, 3/4 turn RH to end on own sides & set


COLLIE LAW (J8x32) 2C (4C set)    R Goldring 24 G & S Dances

1- 8    1s+2s Advance+Retire, turn RH

9-16    1s+2s dance Allemande

17-24    1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s

25-32    2s+1s dance RH across & LH back


MONYMUSK (S8x32) 3C (4C set)    Preston RSCDS Bk 11

1- 8    1s turn RH & cast to 2nd place, turn 1.1/4 times LH to end 1L between 2s to face 1M between 3s

9-16    2s+1s+3s set twice 1s turning onto opposite sides & all set twice

17-24    2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back

25-32    1s dance reels of 3 on sides giving RSh to person on their Right & 1s cross RH to places


THE HAMILTON RANT (R8x48) 3C (4C set)    R M Campbell RSCDS Bk 22

1- 8    1M+2L change places RH, 1L+2M change places, 1M+3M change places & 1L+3L change places

9-16    3s+1s dance 1/2 R&L, 2s+1s dance 1/2 R&L

17-24    1s cross RH & cast 1 place, 1s turn 1.3/4 LH to face 1st corners

25-32    1s set & turn corners 2H & twirl to face partners, set to partners & turn 2H & twirl to face 2nd corners

33-40    1s set & turn 2nd corners & twirl to face partners, set to partners & turn 2H & twirl to face 2nd corners again

41-48    1s dance reel of 3 on opposite sides passing 2nd corner RSh & cross to own sides 2nd place


ASILOMAR ROMANTIC (S8x32) 3C (4C set)    T Cuthbertson San Fransisco Coll 2

1- 8    1s+3s dance double Fig of 8 around 2s, 1s crossing down to start

9-16    1s+2s dance Diamond Poussette right round

17-24    1s dance in & down between 2s (2s step up), set to each other & dance RSh round 4th corner to face own 1st corner

25-32    1s dance ‘Hello-Goodbye’ setting, end in centre facing partner & petronella turn to 2nd place


THE ROYAL DEESIDE RAILWAY (R8x32) 3C (4C set)    R Arrowsmith RSCDS Bk 40

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


SUGAR CANDIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set)    RSCDS Bk 26

1- 8    1s set & cast 1 place, cross passing LSh & cast RSh round their 1st corner into centre ending BtoB (Lady facing up, Man down)

9-16    1L circle left with 2s & 1M with 3s, turn to face partner & set, 3/4 turn partner 2H to end facing 1st corners

17-24    1s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH & end facing 1st corners

25-32    1s dance Reel of 3 on opposite sides passing 1st corner LSh & cross RH to 2nd place own sides


RORY O’MORE (J8x32) 2C (4C set)    RSCDS Bk 1

1- 8    1s+2s Advance+Retire; 1s+2s cross over Ladies dancing under arch made by Men, 1s turn under 2s to 2nd place

9-16    2s+1s Advance+Retire; cross Men dancing under Ladies arch & 1s turn under 2s to original places

17-24    1s lead down the middle & back

25-32    1s+2s dance Poussette


THE LASS O’ LIVINGSTON (R8x32) 2C (4C set)    J Lowe RSCDS Bk 8

1- 8    1M+2L turn RH, 1L+2M turn RH

9-16    1s lead down the middle & back to top

17-24    1s+2s dance Poussette

25-32    2s+1s dance R&L