Friday, April 16, 2010

Woodbridge Class - 16 April 2010

A small class tonight but what was new and different was the air of calm - nobody running in circles screaming and shouting in the midst of a full blown panic attack over tomorrow's ball. How nice!

Tonight's dances were:
The Westminster Reel (32 R 2) 45/1
The Duchess Tree (32 S 3) Drewry - Brodie Book
Holden My Own (32 J 3) Between the Rivers (P. Stephens)
Rakes of Auld Reekie (32 S 2) B. Priddey - Golden Oriole Book


I have nothing more to say about these dances or the other dances on tomorrows ball except for The Duchess Tree, well not really about TDT.

The Duchess Tree – Second Figure: All set, circle to the left for 2 steps, men turn woman on their right hand once round and all circle left for 2 more steps. In order for the dancers to make it all the way round and onto the sidelines the 2H turns need to move/progress 1 or so places around the circle. And John very carefully included specific instructions to do so and, as far as I know, THIS IS THE ONLY DANCE WHERE THIS IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN! But I see it happen all too often - as in every time I teach a dance that has a circle with turns in the middle of said circle. It boggles the mind - where do they come up with this stuff and all together, all at the same time without any planning?

Good night and joy be with you.

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