This is the beginning of my summer long Kilts and Ghillies tryout period where my secondary goal is to 'test' dances on real people to get a real response to the questions "is there any social redeeming value to this dance?' and 'is there enough social value to seriously consider it for the K&G Tea Dance?'
Saw ye my wee thing - (32 J 2) - a warm up
Dance No. 65 -- tryout for Book 52
Topsy Turvy - (32 S 3 set) - Glasspool
The Griffin - (32 R 3) - McMurtry
Land of the Rising Sun - (32 S 3 set) - Joubert
A Reel for Maria - (40 R 3) - McRanor
From Paper to Pearl - (32 S 3) - Collin
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Topsy Turvy:- Very nice! Not the usual wonderful confection by Terry Glasspool. Simple, elegant, accessible. Definitely worth shortlisting. (Made the cut and is on the program for 2018)!
The Griffin:- Also very nice. Different. Timing the reels is a bit of a challenge for some. Not as hard as I remember it being. Definitely short listed.
Land of the Rising Sun:- This one got a thumbs up from the class and a thumbs down from me. Cute idea but not to my taste.
A Reel for Maria:- Nice little dance. Simple. Good for a breather. Ellen McRanaor used to teach the Kilts and Ghillies class so there was a little favoritism. (see The Suncoast Collection). Made it to the shortlist and onto the program!
From Paper to Pearl:- They liked it. It made the cut and onto the short list. It didn't make the program though. On the 2019 shortlist.