Club Night Monday 15 October

Tutor’s Notes

We did a number of dances from the Carterton programme. A number of us are going and some of the dances are not that familiar. We looked at a new formation – a 3 couple bourrel. It is one of those formations that is becoming more common. Here is a link to a video of the dance we did – Miss Eleanor.

• The Royal Deeside Railway
• The Kelloholm Jig
• Triple Happiness – knot and corners pass and turn. We had done this previously
• Mairi’s Wedding – this is on our final night programme
• It’s Nae Bother
• Miss Eleanor
• Bill Clement MBE – this has modified Montgomeries’ Rant type setting

We only have one more teaching night and then our Final Night and the chance to enjoy dances with some of the many formations we have learnt over the year.

Enjoy your long weekend and remember there is no dancing on the 22nd (Labour Day).

Club Night Monday 8 October

Tutor’s Recap

It was the last night at club before the New Dancer’s Celebration so we did the final few dances we had not done from that program. They were:

Kelburn’s Reel, an easy round the room dance, 2 couples facing each other; and

Tulloch Gorm, a strathspey with cross over reels where the first man crosses across at the top of the set to give right shoulder to the 2nd woman and the 1st woman crosses through 2nd place and gives left shoulder to the third man. The 1st couple cross back to their original place on bar 8 and then dance another right shoulder reel on their own side. Writing all that seems very complicated but you managed it well on Monday and there is a video linked to help you remember before Saturday night.

Tulloch is a Gaelic word meaning hill and Wikipedia says Tullochgorm is an old township parish which lies one mile south of Minard in the county of Argyll and Bute in Western Scotland and today comprises only six inhabited cottages.

From the New Dancers Celebration programme, we also danced Sean Truibhas Willichan- an easier 2 couple strathspey.

We also repeated a few dances from the program. They were: The Highland Fair, A Capital Jig, The Hunting Horn and The Reel of the Royal Scots.

And as I did not think we were having enough excitement we danced Spice it Up, another dance from the collection I was given in Nova Scotia.

Club Night Monday 1 October

Tutor’s Notes
Numbers were back up to 2 three couple sets last night although daylight saving did seem to be effecting some.

We continued to focus on dances from the New Dancer’s Celebration Program

We repeated several dances we had done earlier in September to make sure that we hadn’t forgotten them. These were The Hollin Buss (Jig) , Pluto’s Head (Reel) , Autumn Tidings (Jig) and Fire Hose Reel (Reel). We also did two strathspeys from the NDC program for the first time. These were The Bryon Strathspey and Monymusk.
For those of you that were not at club you can see these dances on youtube at:

The Byron Strathspey (Sorry there is not a really good video of this one)


Unfortunately we won’t have a chance to repeat those dances next week as we have another couple of strathspeys from the program to look at yet.

Since we had three couple sets and danced most of the dances only 6x through we had done 6 dances by 9pm so I decided to try something a little more challenging. We therefore danced City Lights from book 52 a jig with a variation of the corner pass and turn which involves the corners coming in and dancing an Allemande turn. A video can be found at
Even after having walked everyone through as 1st couple people were a bit concerned about dancing this one but it went really well. !! It shows how well everyone has come on over the year that we can do such an advanced dance at club. Well done all!

Club Night Monday 23 September

Tutor’s Notes
We had a smaller turn out than normal on Monday night with just one 5 couple set on the floor. Due to Peter being sick we also had recorded music which meant we could not stretch the music to 10 times through but we struggled on.

We danced a couple of dances from Wanganui’s program (it is their dance this Saturday).
The dances were The Captain’s House and Ladies Fancy. The Captain’s House is also on Carterton’s dance program on the 3 November. Ladies Fancy has a quick time poussette in it so we practiced that before we did the dance. It was great to see that everyone managed to keep this a nice square.

We also looked at our strathspey poussette before using it in the dance Bill Little’s Strathspey which is on the New Dancers’ Celebration program. Keeping the diamond shape for the strathspey poussette is a bit trickier but after a few repetitions it was looking good.

The next dance was V and J’s Maggot which is from a book I was given by Lydia Hedge, a lady who lived in NZ for a while but now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I chose this dance partly because of the name. Apparently what we call an ear worm (a tune that gets stuck in your head) is called a maggot in Canada. It is not such a nice thought really! Anyway this dance is a three couple jig danced 6 times through. The first 3 times the first couple only dance the track they would for cross over reels on your opposite side and then on your own side. The last three times through all three couples dance the reels which proved more interesting. The transition between the set and the rotate at the end of the dance and the reels to start proved rather more difficult than I thought.

We finished the night off early with the Reel of the Royal Scots, also on the New Dancer’s Celebration program and then were rewarded with a lovely supper with plenty to spare given the low numbers. Thanks to those who provided the food and kitchen duties.