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Sharlene Penman (piano), visiting from New Zealand, is the band leader for the 2019 Tea Dance.
Our fiddlers are Jenny Evans and Amy Beshara.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

1 May 2017 – Scotia

First Hour:

The Fairy Ring  -  (32 J n circle)  -  Boyd
Quicksilver Reel  -  (40 R 3)  -  Harrison
Braes of Balquhider  -  (32 S 3)  -  18C
Anderson's Rant  -  (32 R 3)  -  MMM

Second Hour:

Catch the Wind  -  (32 R 3)  - Butterfield
Born to Dance  -  (32 J 3)  - Collin
Aging Gracefully  -  (32 S 3)  - Broman (Bk 47)
Once Upon a Time  -  (32 R 3)  -  Collin
Dancing in Kirkcudbright  -  (32 S 4)  - Collin
Deil Amang the Tailors  -  (32 R 3)  -  Bk 14

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Catch the Wind :–  Why? Because it is a good beginner friendly dance.

Born to Dance:–  Why? Because it moves! The chase out of the Hands Across ends weird - your group of three splits up and the lines that form are all men or all women, and the lines spring forward! - no resting on your laurels, however well deserved.

This one is short listed for the next Kilts and Ghillies' Tea Dance, along with Dave Macfarlane's Reel, Surprising Hannah and Dancing in Kirkcudbright. One (or more) will be on the program!

Aging Gracefully:–  Why? because the move in Surprising Hannah caused me to rethink and revise the way I teach the middle 16 bars of this dance. I like the strength of the move from sideline to sideline. And if you are no longer as able as you once were you can still dance the turn BH into cross R shoulder from the midline and have it look good. And because the reel is different and fun!

Once Upon a Time:– Simple and sweet. Worth revisiting.

Dancing in Kirkcudbright:–  The whole dance is lovely, just lovely, but it is for those who have the brains that thrive on bent figures and transitions. Not all do.

Dancers especially liked the first figure. I had several positive comments. Shortlisted. Two thumbs up.

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