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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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

28 February 2018 – Westchester

Even closer to the date, so ball prep!! Yay :-(

I taught these dances:

The Wind Dragon  -  (32 R 3)  -  I. Boyd
Twinbairn's Reel  -  (32 J 2)  -  Drewry
A Great Day for Dancing  -  (40 R 3)  - Ruby Celebration
City of Belfast  -  (32 S 3 set)  -  Bk 48/6

Anna Holden's Strathspey  -  (32 S 2)  -  Drewry
The Snake Pass  -  (32 J 3)  - Churnside

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The Wind Dragon:-  Another dance that I have had on my bookshelf for 30+ years and this is the first time I have really looked at it and taught it.  For experienced dancers a nice wee starter of a dance. Another dance to add to my "quick and dirty" card file to pull out when needed.

A Great Day for Dancing:-  Written for the 40th (Ruby) Anniversary of the New Haven Branch and our first teachers Peter and Sue Day. I have no diffuiculty with the dance, but I am a dance monster with all that that implies. So is Leslie and she wrote the dance. I must say that when a dance comes in four colour separateion of dance tracks that it is worth taking a second look and consider the situation.

I have heard comments that the dance doesn't work. This from only a couple of people and not from the majority who would usually notice something like that. But as I have said I have no problem dancing it, but as I also said I am a dance monster. I will have to revisit it and study it to see if the second half reel really is a reel.

The Snake Pass:- Ok, it is a dance. It works (it was good enough to publish). But if I were to have to rank it by value of Redeeming Social Importance I wouldn't give it a high mark. I prefer the double snake passes in Iain Boyd's "The Lords of the Wind". Hands down.

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