We continued looking at our steps learning; the last of the commonly used steps Strathspey Setting, and to use Pas de Basque to do a Petronella turn.
To practice these steps we danced Seann Triubhas Willichan (Strathspey setting) and Tappie Torrie (Petronella turn). By the way Seann Truibhas Willichan means “William’s Old Trousers”
Also Tappie Torrie is apparently a golf hole on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry Scotland. The Course often hosts the British Open. A picture is below, very hilly.
We also continued thinking about chain formations and in particularly passing and releasing hands while they are at shoulder height. We learned the ladies chain and recapped the grand chain. We danced Kendall’s Hornpipe (ladies chain) and Mrs Stewart’s Jig (ladies chain and grand chain).
For light relief we repeated the dance Skip Change Only from a couple of weeks ago and danced The Statuette (with set and half right hands across, set and half left hands across). You definitely couldn’t stand as still as a statue in that one.
Both these dances were devised by New Zealanders Gaye Collins, from Wellington and Barry Skelton (ex Auckland)