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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, 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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