The dances taught were:
Autumn Leaves – (32 J 3) – Jane Lataille
Strathglass House – (32 S 3) – Bk 13
General Stuart's Reel – (32 R 3) – Bk 10
Slow Simmer – (32 J 3) – Pam Stephens
Ann of Scotia – (32 S 3) – Ronald
Hamilton Rant – (48 R 3) – Bk 22
Delvine Side – (32 S 3) – Bk 2
Autumn Leaves:- a nice simple baby jig. Nothing special in terms of formations or figures. But what it does have are opportunities for covering. Which begs the question "what is covering?"
I often hear covering being taught as a learned skill in and of itself much like foot changes, handing and so on. I do not agree. It is a result - not something you "do".
It is what happens when everyone is dancing the same thing in the same way at the same time.
What most teachers are trying to say, or think they are saying, is "check where the other dancers are to find out if you are in sync with them - and adjust your dancing accordingly."
Slow Simmer:- from the book StrathsBabes by Pam Stephens and Ellen Ternes. It starts with (In New World vernacular) Double Crossover Mirror Reels - And if you want to bring it to a full boil, as Pam says, have every couple cross to the opposite side when they are at the top. Fun! A bit different. Thumbs up!
Hamilton Rant:- What I have been hearing for years, from several sources is that this is the only dance in which Set to and Turn Corners/Partner has a 'flip' written into each turn.
I have taken that statement at face value and since I know that dance well I have never specifically checked the original for that. When I did go back, I read what I was expecting to see not what was actually on the page. Bad me.
It turns out that the flip/twirl is NOT written in. It says this:
First couple set to and turn first corners, to finish facing each other in diagonal line * between * first corners."The emphasis is mine. The word 'between' forces us to make the two hand turns Full Round. We then have to figure out what dancers have to do to end facing their partner because Bob Campbell doesn't say.
I see two options:
1) a standard release hands early and "slide" into place with backs to corner and facing partner or
2) hold on to hands a little longer than in option 1 and use your corner's right hand to aid you in "flipping" to face your partner.
Important point - to flip or not to flip is the choice of 1st couple, not the corner. Corners have only one job - to lend support! Corners to not get to force anyone to do something they are not able or ready to do!