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, 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