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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.

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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