We decided to dance on Monday even though it was a public holiday given how close the New Dancers’ Celebration is. As well as revising dances from the programme I also included a couple of dances to mark the Queen Elizabeth II holiday.
I didn’t do any teaching as such but reminded people about formations in the dances particularly circles. Firm arms are needed and elbows should be pointing down to form a W to maintain the circle. In strathspey circles your body should be straight ahead and right leg crossed over for the first step – movement is from the hips. The allemandes were a bit ragged so we will look at these again next week.
Our theme night on Monday was a great success with a fun programme and a great range of masks as everyone got into the carnival spirit, including some visitors from other clubs. The programme (theme names and actual dance names) is below. Thank you to Ann for organising such a great night and for helping us to prepare for the dances in the weeks leading up to the theme night.
A Mask for Alec – A Reel for Alec (J)
The Masked Boy – The Button Boy (R)
The Masked Man – The Gentleman (S)
The Carnival of the Animals – not a dance as such but a lot of fun to see pairs of dancers in animal masks parading round the hall 🙂
Mairi’s Masquerade – Mairi’s Wedding (R)
Best Mask in the Hall – Best Set in the Hall (J) – The prize of Best Mask in the Hall was deservedly won by Fiona for her tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Soiree at Solway – The Shores of Solway (S)
Cupa Dupa – The Wellingtonia Reel (R)
Masks and Faces (S)
Joie de Carnaval – Joie de Vivre (J)
We had the pleasure of welcoming a guest tutor to our club night on Monday – Diane Bradshaw came and shared her knowledge and enthusiasm with us and taught us 6 dances, including several from upcoming dance programmes (listed below).