What we danced at Gerrards Cross this term (Autumn 2022)

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TD indicates a dance on the programme for the January Tea Dance

29th November 2022 

OXO Reel   Circle  at top and bottom and  right hands across  in the middle!  A lot of slip-stepping up and down the very long set. 

Machine Without Horses

Kissing Bridge *TD   The one with the Whoopsie turn! 

Cape Breton Island *TD-   The clever one which starts with 3s and 4s on the wrong side.

Triple Happiness ​*TD- features the Knot and Corners pass and Turn 

Barbara's Favourites

Trip to Timber Ridge the very fast, jolly one, featuring Corners pass and Turn in quick time !

22nd November 2022 

Andrews Dance

Clutha *TDthe square set, simulating boats across the river Clyde. Includes Balancing-in-line, Rights and Lefts, and a Ladies Chain.

Miss Eleanor The one which starts with Reflection Reels and ends with with the magical 3 couple Bourrell, when you are re-united with your Partner in a line up and down, and a circle. The 3 couple Bourrell only works if you start it NOT OPPOSITE your partner so there's a clever little sequence to get you in the right places  between the reels and the Bourrell.

Capital Jig an introduction to Set and Rotate

William's Reel

Cape Breton Island *TD-   The clever one which starts with 3s and 4s on the wrong side.

Gaelforce Wind The one with Set and Link for 2 and then the Mens Chain at the beginning 

15th November 2022 

Shetland Shepherdess *TD

Coat's land *TDThe one with the upside-down allemande, a bit of chasing round in a horseshoe and teapots . The trick is in coming back up to the top smoothly after the chase, ready to cast and flow into teapots.

Bauldy Bain's Fiddle *TD - the tricky one with supporting couples doing right hands across and chasing while dancing couple cast and turned.  2 half diagonal reels of 4 and a circle complete the picture!

Toast to the Mousies

Water of Leith *TD- features Reel of 4, Right Hands Across and the beautiful but slightly tricky Espagnole

8th November 2022 

Hedwig's Reel , features figures of 8 and the Grand Chain

Kendall's Hornpipe - Featuring Rights and Lefts and the Ladies Chain.

Haar on Skye *TD -features the Rondel ( arch) and Grand Chain

  • Crib

  • Video

  • Rondel

  • Grand Chain

Bees of Maggieknockater featuring right hands across with 3s and thefour half reels of 3, alternating between without and then with partner. 

Mrs MacPherson of Inveran - featuring Inveran Reels and the grand Chain again. 

Kissing Bridge *TD   The one with the Whoopsie turn! 

Water of Leith *TD- features Reel of 4, Right Hands Across and the beautiful but slightly tricky Espagnole

Rothesay Rant- the square one  with dancers alternating facing in and out to , then  half ladies chain and half Rights & lefts. 

1st November 2022 

Wandering Wallaby-the one where the reel of 4 kept catching us unawares! 

Campbell's Frolic -the one where the 1s set and then do Right Hands Across with 2s before casting. We then repeated it exactly with 3s, unlike the version here which is slightly different.

Flowers of Edinburgh -The one where first the lady chases round followed by the man, then the other way round. Ends with a quick time poussette.

Water of Leith *TD- features Reel of 4, Right Hands Across and the beautiful but slightly tricky Espagnole

Kamo Karousel -the fast one with diagonal rights and lefts and set and rotate for 3 couples.

Triple Happiness ​*TD- features the Knot and Corners pass and Turn 

The Tri-Mariner *TD -the one with 3 couples starting 2 bars after each other and everyone coming together for  a promenade and petronella turns into the middle. Timing is crucial.

25th October 2022 

Catch the Wind -the one where the lady is followed by the man but only lets him catch her at the end. Features the reel of 3 across.

Friendships simple strathspey of casting, circles and half right or left hands across, BUT everyone is involved each time through so its essential to register which couple you are in the set each time.   

Inchmickery *TD- the one with 5 couples, that starts and ends with a circle, with teapots and turning distant corners

Kissing Bridge *TD   The one with the Whoopsie turn! 

Morrison Measure  Right and Left shoulder reels and Right and Left Hands Across.

18th October 2022 

Dance for Maisondieu  - a simple dance of slip-stepping down the middle, Right Hands Across and Left hands back, a simple right turn and a circle.  

Starry Eyed Lassie dance of Double Triangles and reels of 3 across. 

Water of Leith *TD- features Reel of 4, Right Hands Across and the beautiful but slightly tricky Espagnole

Wild Geese *TD-    Flapping about in the  centre like geese ! 

Haar on Skye *TD -features the Rondel ( arch) and Grand Chain

  • Crib

  • Video

  • Rondel

  • Grand Chain

Mrs MacPherson of Inveran - featuring Inveran Reels and the grand Chain again. 

11th October 2022 

Redbud Reel  - a simple dance of Advance & Retire, Rights and Lefts, Right Hands across. 

The Tri-Mariner *TD -the one with 3 couples starting 2 bars after each other and everyone coming together for  a promenade and petronella turns into the middle. Timing is crucial.

Triple Happiness ​*TD- features the Knot and Corners pass and Turn 

Polharrow Burn - 5 couple set, and 3 half diagonal reels of 4, with end couples chasing to opposite ends and working their way back. Not for the faint hearted! 

Coat's land *TDThe one with the upside-down allemande, a bit of chasing round in a horseshoe and teapots . The trick is in coming back up to the top smoothly after the chase, ready to cast and flow into teapots.

Clutha *TDthe square set, simulating boats across the river Clyde. Includes Balancing-in-line, Rights and Lefts, and a Ladies Chain.

Craven Twelvesome    - the square one with a man with 2 women on each side features reel of 3 and half Right Hands Across for the men, ending with a large circle

4th October 2022 

The Dhoon - the one where we slip stepped right and left, then left and right 

Galloway House - features casting, a small circle and Rights & Lefts at the end

Ecclefechan Feline - figures of 8 on the side, then mirror reels and teapots

Bauldy Bain's Fiddle *TD - the tricky one with supporting couples doing right hands across and chasing while dancing couple cast and turned.  2 half diagonal reels of 4 and a circle complete the picture!

Red Squirrel - the one focussing on Mirror Reels

Coats Land *TDThe one with the upside-down allemande, a bit of chasing and teapots 

Clutha- *TD the square set, simulating boats across the river Clyde. Includes Balancing-in-line, Rights and Lefts, and a Ladies Chain.

27 September 2022 

Easy Does it  - not so easy, actually! Reels of 3 across wih 2s, first the 1st lady and tehn the 1st man, and ending with the tricky poussette.

Hedwig's Reel , features figures of 8 and the Grand Chain

Inchmickery *TD- the one with 5 couples, that starts and ends with a circle, with teapots and turning distant corners

Cumberland Reel - right hands across, left hands back then down the middle and back, everyone down the sides and back up the middle, arches and right hand turn 

Granville Market  - Featuring Right and Left Hands Across, Half figure of 8 and turning corners

Miss Gibson's Strathspey featured the Knot 

Virginia Reel  - an easy one to finish!

13th September 2022 

Flowers of Dunbeg -Right Hands Across, Left Hands back, Advance & Retire and first couple weaving down the middle.We did a Dos-a-Dos instead of the right hand turn described here

Wild Geese *TD-    Flapping about in the  centre like geese ! 

Balmoral Strathspey -  Reels of 4 on the side and reprising a 3 couple allemande, along with Rights & Lefts and  half Right Hands Across

Kissing Bridge *TD   The one with the Whoopsie turn! 

Cape Breton Island *TD-   The really tricky one we'll practise again soon.

OXO Reel   We actually did this as an XOX reel this time, with right hands across at top and bottom and circle in the middle!  A lot of slip-stepping up and down the very long set. 

6th September 2022 

Ayr Promenade  -  An easy one to get us started , featuring a promenade for 3 couples.and 

White Cockade -  Features Rights & lefts

Jig to the Music  - Features Advance & Retire and Do-si-Do.

Catch the Wind -the one where the lady is followed by the man but only lets him catch her at the end Features the reel of 3 across.

The Tri-mariner *TD- the 'fugue' one with 3 couples starting 2 bars after each other and everyone coming together for  a promenade and petronella turns into the middle.