Class Notes

We have started dancing again with great care due to Covid concerns. We had to find a new venue and we are exploring a couple of options. We plan to keep this page updated with class class history. Check the Class and Event Calendar page for dates, times, and locations of upcoming classes (click on the event to see full details).

Here is a link to the Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary website, which has information on all aspects of dancing as well as a large collection of dance cribs and links to dance videos: Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary.

People may also find these videos useful for polishing up SCD figures: http://www.lowerhuttscd.org.nz/index.php/teaching-tools/.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We celebrated St Andrew’s Day with some dances and reviewed one dance from the Fall Dance program. We reviewed timing in grand chain and ladies’ chain.

Dances done:

  1. Saint Andrew’s Fair 32J3
  2. St Andrews’ Castle 32R3
  3. The Flower Lady 32S3 (set)*
  4. Mrs Stewart’s Jig 32J3
  5. Twinkletoes 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. St Andrew’s Day 32R3
  7. The Montgomeries’ Rant 32R3

* from the Fall Dance program

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We completed working on the dances for the Fall Dance (coming up December 4th) and worked a little more on timing and anticipation. We also tried the dance Between Yews and Willows to highlight the devastating effects of and warning signs for ovarian cancer.

Dances done:

  1. The Machine Without Horses 32J3
  2. The Royal Deeside Railway 32R3*
  3. Between Yews and Willows 32S3 (set)
  4. Pelorus Jack 32J3*
  5. Barry’s Birthday Bourrel 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Lady Susan Stewart’s Reel 32R3*
  7. Sugar Candie 32S3

* from the Fall Dance program

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Because the class was a small class of reasonably experienced dancers, we modified the plan on-the-fly to incorporate several 3-couple-set dances. We talked a bit about timing and anticipation.

Dances done:

  1. Up the Pond 32J3
  2. The Flower Lady 32S3 (set)*
  3. The Weird Sisters 32R3 (triangle)
  4. Broadway 32S3 (set)
  5. The First Rain of Spring 32J3 (set)
  6. MacDonald of the Isles 32S3 (set)
  7. 73 Is the Perfect Number 32S3 (new Sue dance)

* from the Fall Dance program

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We worked on various forms of reels: mirror reels where the first couple starts as the middle couple in the reel, crossover mirror reels, Inveran reels, and mirror reels where the first couple starts from middle but go in opposite directions. We continued to work on dances from the Fall dance and revisited Ramadan-ce.

Dances done:

  1. Monica’s Fancy 32J3
  2. A Bytown Lass 32S3*
  3. The Kissing Bridge 32R3*
  4. Fair Jenny’s Jig 32J3*
  5. Bourrel Madness 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Ramadan-ce 32R3
  7. The Montgomeries’ Rant 32R3

* from the Fall Dance program

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We were privileged to have visitors from Cincinnati join us – great to see and dance with Atia and Judy! We reviewed mirror reels of 3 on the sides with an emphasis on the order of passing people in the reels and reviewed timing in poussette right round and the quicktime poussette. We also started working on dances from the upcoming Fall Dance. (See the Special Events page for details.)

Dances done:

  1. New Beginnings 32J3*
  2. Wilma of Oban 32S3
  3. Susan Scott of San Rafael 32R3
  4. Jack Meets George 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  5. Ramadan-ce 32R3
  6. Dr Wagstaff’s Strathspey 32S3*
  7. Beach Dancer 32J3*
  8. The Reel of the 51st Division 32R3*

* from the Fall Dance program

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We celebrated the upcoming Halloween holiday with a program of all Halloween-inspired dances.

Dances done:

  1. Dancin’ Witches 32J3
  2. The Witching Hour 32S3
  3. Hooty Hollow 32R3
  4. Widdershins 32J3
  5. The Devil’s Quandary 40S3
  6. Ferla Mor or The Big Grey Man 32R3
  7. Skirl of the Royal Ghosts 32R3

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We finished going over the dances from the Milwaukee Halloween Dance Program. We reviewed set and rotate and chain progression for 2 couples and revisited a couple of dances from last week which had presented challenges.

Dances done:

  1. Well Done Jack 32J3
  2. Anna’s Wedding Cake 32S3 (set)
  3. Challenge Accepted 32R2*
  4. An Autumn Posy 32S2
  5. The Irish Rover 32R3
  6. Albany 32J3 (new Sue dance as revised)
  7. The Flower Lady 32S3 (set)
  8. Mrs MacLeod 32R3

* from the upcoming Milwaukee Halloween Program

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We did more work on set and link for 3 couples. We also worked on diagonal rights and lefts and discussed timing in figures to match the music and end in place and on time ready for the next figure.

Dances done:

  1. Jig to the Music 32J3 (set)* – adjusted for 5 couple set
  2. Gang the Same Gate 32S3
  3. The Missing Turn 32R3*
  4. A Bytown Lass 32S3
  5. Albany 32J3 (new Sue dance – revised)
  6. The Irish Rover 32R3

* from the upcoming Milwaukee Halloween Program

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We did some work on set and link for 2 couples and reviewed set to corner and partner (hello-goodbye setting) and set and link for 3 couples.

Dances done:

  1. Corn Dawgs 32R2
  2. Broadway Strathspey 32S3
  3. Links with St Petersburg 32J3*
  4. Foggy River Reel 40R3
  5. Albany 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Gang the Same Gate 32S3
  7. Catch the Wind 32H3

* from the upcoming Milwaukee Halloween Program

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We did some work on timing in figures of eight, double figures of eight, and promenade, both normal and when first couple casts off in the last two bars. We also reviewed the poussette right round and the knot.

Dances done:

  1. The “Cupar” Jig 32J2
  2. Hame Came Our Gudeman 32S3*
  3. Dumbarton Drums 32R3*
  4. Noah’s Ark 32J2*
  5. Knots & Crosses 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Laura’s Wedding 32J3*

* from the upcoming Milwaukee Halloween Program

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage again. We did some work on handing and turns in 2 and 4 bars to both reel and strathspey tunes and the timing in corner-partner-corner-partner. We also reviewed the Rondel prior to doing The Silver Tassie. We continued to work on dances from the Milwaukee Halloween Dance. Please feel free to provide feedback at chicagoscd@gmail.com.

Dances done:

  1. And for the Young Ones 32J4*
  2. Duke of Perth 32R3
  3. The Silver Tassie 32S3*
  4. Lady Dumfries 32R3*
  5. The Last Farewell 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Beach Dancer 32J3
  7. Neidpath Castle 32S3 (set)
  8. The Wind that Shakes the Barley 32R3

* from the upcoming Milwaukee Halloween Program

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage, 605 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville, IL. The goal was to ease back into dancing with easier dances with known figures and little or no technique. Another goal was to check out the facility to see how it works for our class and dancing. We wanted to include dances from the upcoming Milwaukee Halloween Dance as well. If you participated, we would love your feedback at chicagoscd@gmail.com.

Dances done:

  1. The Balleter Reel 32J2
  2. Garrigues Strathspey 32S3*
  3. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh 40R3*
  4. Ecclefechan Feline 32J3
  5. Gramachie 32S3*
  6. The Royal Deeside Railway 32R3
  7. New Beginnings 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  8. Seann Truibhas Willichan 32S2
  9. Mairi’s Wedding 40R3*

* from the upcoming Milwaukee Halloween Program

Full list of Dances Done in the Silk and Thistle Class from 2020 on