The weather was awful, cold and rain, lots of rain. The turnout was low.
At the start of class there only five dancers so I pulled out one of my specials, Jane Lataille's Dragonflies. Which I love and which I do to the 5x32 S set by Susie Petrov off her vinyl album Hold the Lass Till I get Her. (The music helps make the dance).
A few more dancers drifted in and we made a circle. There had been a discussion on Strathspey about this circle waltz and since I had the book I decided to try it out. It is a smashing dance it is it is.
Since I did not have the name tune for Waltzing to Iowa I used "Penobscott Memory" by The White Cockade on their musical tape "Tartan Stew". The class loved it. There are some wonderful interactions between the dancers. Highly recommended.
Then on to a standard Australian Ladies, and I, once again, taught my Mermaid Jig - The Pawling Mermaid, followed my my Mermaid reel - The Palisades Mermaid. The dance went well enough and I saw what I needed to see to amend the final two bars of the reel. No way was anyone going to be comfortable turn RH 3/4 to end in 2nd place own sides and Plan B became operative.
The Mermaid dances worked which is really nice to know since they are going to be published Real Soon Now. i.e. someday. And a big 'thank you' to Keith Rose who started making diagrams for them before I even knew he had the directions.
The teaching of The Palisades Mermaid took enough out of the class that we ended with Sugar Candie and headed home.
The dances I taught:-
Dragonflies - (5x32 S 5some) - Jane Lataille
Waltzing to Iowa - (32 W n circle) - D. Schneider
Australian Ladies - (32 R 3) - Campbell
The Pawling Mermaid - (32 J 3) - Price (unpublished)
Palisades Mermaid - (32 R 3) - Price (unpublished)
Sugar Candie - (32 S 3) - Bk 26/9