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Sharlene Penman (piano), visiting from New Zealand, is the band leader for the 2019 Tea Dance.
Our fiddler is Jenny Evans, a local artist.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

17 September 2017 – Loch Leven

No rehearsal just another Fun afternoon.

Orpington Caledonians  -  (32 R 3)  -  49/2
Born to Dance  -  (32 J 3)  -  Collin
Rubinus Portus Novi  -  (40 S 4 sq)  -  Price (Ruby Anniversary)
Back to Back  -  (32 J 3)  -  Glasspool
Double Trouble Triangles  -  (48 R 4)  -  50/8
The Rose Garden  -  (24 S 2)  -  Wendell (SF 2)

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Orpington Caledonians:- Fun, just plain fun especially with the music (Jim Lindsay et al). I programmed it on the 2016 Tea Dance and I am waiting for enough time to pass that I can program it again. Like, like, like.

Born to Dance:- I have said it before - Lovely! So lovely that it is on the Kilts and Ghillies Tea Dance program that is coming up RSN.

Rubinus Portus Novi:- Right-O. I agree the name is pretentious but I am just so tired of Ruby this and Ruby that. Over 50 dances with Ruby in their name. Enough I cry, enough! I can't take it any more! So it is a very good thing that I know several dancers who have a grounding in Latin.

This was a testing.

In June I received an email announcing a 40th birthday party for the New Haven branch. (The meeting in which we voted to apply for branch status was hosted at my house). I was also informed in that email that I was going to provide a 40 bar dance for the occasion, right?! It took a while for the dance to come together but a testing about a month and a half early is in time, I believe. Yes but just barely!

The book is available through the New Haven Branch.

Back to Back:- Push-Me-Pull-You Reels! Yes! We danced it in both 2007 and 2010. Soon, real soon now we will dance it again. I promise.

Double Trouble Triangles:-  A Double Triangles chain –– a wonderful conceit. Looked fabulous in the video. Less exciting in practice.

The Rose Garden:- One of my Top 50 dances. Ms Wendell did something rare. She wrote a fantastic 24 bar dance and stopped. Applause. Standing ovation actually. So few devisors manage that. Too often they just have to make it a 32 bar sequence so they add a gratuitous 8 bars - sigh.

In 1998 I stood my full teaching certificate in Vancouver, BC, Canada. My decompression space was the University's rose garden looking out on the sound and the snow capped mountains to north. Sigh.

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