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Sharlene Penman (piano), visiting from New Zealand, is the band leader for the 2019 Tea Dance.
Our fiddlers are Sarah Stefanski and Jenny Evans, both local artists.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

8 August 2017 – New Haven

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.



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