Another miserable night weatherwise and freezing cold. We soon warmed up once we had done a couple of dances.
We revised three hands across and set advancing in strathspey time and did more work on the all round strathspey poussette.
The dances we did were:
Lady Wynd J three hands across, three couple promenade
Trip to Timber Ridge R Lower Hutt Dance – corners pass and turn, modified double triangles
The Gentleman S All round strathspey poussette
Sunshine and Sweetie J Requested repeat from last week. Names after two pandas given to the Edinburgh Zoo in 2011
The Wellingtonia Reel R Linden Theme Night Set and link
Midsummer Common S Repeat from last week to solidify Set advancing
Queen’s Birthday 6 June 2022 – Yes, we will be dancing with a normal club night.
ANZAC Day 25 April 2022 – yes we will be dancing with a normal club night.
Good to see everyone. Great to have 10 dancers given the number of people who are away at the moment.
I continued to teach dances that are on our Movie Night which is coming up on the 9th May. Think about what movie star you will come as!
We went over hands across making sure that you take shake hand grip with the person opposite and looking across to maintain eye contact. We also looked at a 2 couple allemande where 1st couple finish facing their first corner. Ones do not retire to the sidelines but use small steps to pass left shoulder on 7 and 8 to face their first corners. As well as this formation, we looked at turning corners with both hands, and passing right shoulders. To finish the revision of formations we went over double triangles in preparation for the Hunting Horn
Dances we covered were:
The Old Man of Storr
A seemingly simple dance but you do need to count to make sure you do not get to your destination too early or too late. Particularly for 1st couple from 3rd place – setting, dancing towards each other on 3 and then 3 bars to the top and two to cast.
Another dance with a ladies chain. These are starting to look good especially with some of our new dancers dancing as men.
A very old dance from Book 2 with wonderful music. Remember to make sure you maintain 3rd position in the strathspey step. There were a lot of passing feet. This is easy if you make sure your feet are turned out rather than straight ahead.
Mr Michael Bear’s Reel
Another simple dance incorporating hands across
The Hunting Horn
Reels of 4 and double triangles
The De’il Amang the Tailors
Set, hands across half way focusing on set, touch and away