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 15, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We celebrated a couple of birthdays and did one dance from the NY Ball program. We introduced allemande and reels of 3 on the sides and did dances with those figures. Note: we will NOT be dancing on Tuesday the 22nd; we will return to dancing on the 29th. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Dances done:

  1. Collie Law 32J2
  2. The Ballater Reel 32R2
  3. Barry’s Birthday Bourrel 32S3
  4. Pint O’ Ale Is Fain 32J3 (done with reels of 3 on the sides)
  5. Susan Scott of San Raphael 32R3
  6. The 18th of November 32S3
  7. The Machine Without Horses 32J3

Tuesday, November 8, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We worked more on rights and lefts and figures of eight and introduced the promenade by walking it and emphasizing timing. We also reviewed strathspey traveling and setting steps.

Dances done:

  1. Pint O’ Ale Is Fain 32J3 (done with figures of 8 not reels)
  2. Turkey Trot 32R3
  3. The Hidden Valley 32S2
  4. Promen-all 32J2 (specially written teaching dance)
  5. Squirrel in a Pumpkin 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. The Selkirk Settlers 40R3 (set)
  7. Cherrybank Gardens 32S3 (set)

Tuesday, November 1, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We continued to work on basic figures (rights and lefts, turning people in 4 bars, and casting) and added in turning people in 2 bars and figures of 8. We danced the last dance from the Fall Dance and two dances from the NY Ball program.

Dances done:

  1. Johnny’s New Jig 32J2
  2. Circle of Cheer 32R4 (circle)
  3. The Oban Reel 32R2
  4. Tinkling Jade 32S3
  5. Eight, Eight, Eight 32R4 (set)
  6. The Earl of Northampton 32S2
  7. The Flowers of Edinburgh 32R3

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We had a new dancer (yeah!) and spent time going over turning partners by the right and left in 4 bars, right and left hands across, leading down and back, casting off, and rights and lefts. We did a few dances incorporating those figures as well as a dance from the Fall dance program.

Dances done:

  1. The Glen 32J2
  2. Nessie’s Reel 32R3
  3. Stormontfield 16S+16R3
  4. Hooper’s Jig 32J3
  5. Golden Glow 32S3 (new Sue dance)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We finished dances from the Milwaukee Halloween dance program and did a couple from the Fall dance and the proposed NY Ball program.

Dances done:

  1. Miss Allie Anderson 32J3
  2. Miss Johnstone of Ardrossan 32R5 (set)
  3. Balquidder Strathspey 32S3
  4. Four Daughters 32J4 (set)
  5. Rest and Be Thankful 32R3
  6. Off Axis 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  7. Alan J Smith 32J3
  8. Da Rain Dancin’ 32R3

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We had a small group, but managed to do dances from both the Milwaukee Halloween dance and the Fall dance program. We also danced a couple of dances from the proposed NY Ball program.

Dances done:

  1. Cutty Sark 32J3
  2. The Wind on the Heath 32R3
  3. The Orchards of County Armagh 32S3 (set)
  4. Trading Spaces 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  5. Sugar Candie 32S3
  6. The Cranberry Tart 32J3
  7. MacDonald of the Isles 32S3 (set)
  8. Beeswing 32R3
  9. The Reel of the Royal Scots 32R3

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We concentrated on mastering some of the more ‘interesting’ dances from the Milwaukee Halloween dance and the Fall dance program.

Dances done:

  1. Alan’s Romp 32J3
  2. Slytherin House 32S3
  3. The Whistling Wind 32R3
  4. The Express 40J3
  5. A Creative Soul 32R3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Hooked on Bells 32J4 (set)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We reviewed rights and lefts: making the changes a bit curved and not holding on too long or pulling hands down. We also reviewed the timing in dancing down for 3, up for 3, and casting off 1 place. We danced several dances from the Milwaukee Halloween dance and one from the Fall dance program.

Dances done:

  1. Light and Airy 32J3
  2. Pluto’s Head 32R2
  3. The Braes of Breadalbane 32S3
  4. The Scallywag 40J3
  5. Trotter’s Window 32R3
  6. Gang the Same Gate 32S3
  7. Scottish Reform 32J2
  8. Trip to Timber Ridge 32R3

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We reviewed handing – graceful bends in arms when turning and not pulling hands down when passing. We danced a few dances from the Milwaukee Halloween program and the Fall Dance program.

Dances done:

  1. Thunderbird 5 32R5 (5-person dance)
  2. Mrs Stewart’s Jig 32J3
  3. Torf’s Watching! 32S3
  4. The Spring Fling Reel 40R3
  5. Alan’s Romp 32J3 (need to re-do this one as we didn’t get through it)
  6. The Long Goodbye 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  7. Madame de Staël 32R4 (square)
  8. Wilma of Oban 32S3
  9. Shiftin’ Bobbins 32R3

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We danced a dance in honor of Her Majesty. We also did a few more dances from the Milwaukee Halloween program and the Fall Dance program.

Dances done:

  1. Up the Pond 32J3
  2. Send Her Victorious 32S3 (set)
  3. Aileen’s Reel 32R3
  4. City of Belfast 32S3 (set)
  5. Eileen Watt’s Reel 32R3 (set)
  6. Missing Judee 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  7. The Australian Ladies 32R3

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. The plan was to start working through dances from the Milwaukee Halloween Dance and our own Fall Dance but because of several people being away for various reasons, we had a small class and pivoted to other dances.

Dances done:

  1. Granville Market 32J3 (Milwaukee dance)
  2. Loch Effect 32J5 (5-person dance – back by request)
  3. Still Crazy After All These Years 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  4. Alan’s Romp 32J3
  5. Folksy Fivesome 32R5 (5-person dance)
  6. Dragonflies 32S5 (5-person dance)
  7. The Ghost and Mary Jo 32J5 (5-person dance)
  8. The Nightingale Floor 32R5 (5-person dance)
  9. Polka Dot Polka 32R5 (5-person dance)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2002, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. This class focused on covering, i.e. timing. We discussed covering for several figures in several dances. We started the class with only 5 dancers so got to try another 5-person dance.

Dances done:

  1. Domino Five 32R5 (5-person dance)
  2. Beach Dancer 32J3
  3. Debbie the Hungarian Lady 32R2
  4. The Earl of Northampton 32S2
  5. Cargill’s Leap 32J3
  6. Chain-Chain-Chain 32R3 (new Sue dance)
  7. The Indian River Strathspey 32S3 (triangle)
  8. Culla Bar 32S4 (square)
  9. Baldyquash 32R3

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. This class focused on ladies’ chain and all but one dance had a ladies’ chain figure.

Dances done:

  1. Gloria’s Wee Jig 32J2
  2. Andrew’s Dance 32R3
  3. The Braes of Mellinish 32S2
  4. The Glenalmond Gatekeeper 40R3
  5. Whirlybird 32J3 (old Sue dance)
  6. The Dundee Whaler 32S4 (set)
  7. Whistler’s Jig 32J2
  8. Bohemian Reflections 32R3

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. This class focused on anticipation and all the dances have areas where dancers need to be ready for the next part of the dance.

Dances done:

  1. Ecclefechan Feline 32J3
  2. Cauld Kail 32M3
  3. A Stroller in Hades 32R3
  4. Asilomar Romantic 32S3
  5. Get Ready 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Swiss Lassie 32R3
  7. Mairi’s Wedding 40R3

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Once again we started with 5 people and once again danced a 5-person dance as more people arrived. This class focused on figures of 8 and nearly every dance had a figure of 8 figure (one couple dancing solo, 2 couples dancing both from next to each other and when separated by a couple acting as posts). We also reviewed the timing and positioning for the quicktime poussette and the rondel.

Dances done:

  1. Loch Effect 32J5 (5-person dance)
  2. 90th Birthday 32J3
  3. Susan Scott of San Rafael 32R3
  4. The Walled Garden 32S2
  5. The First Rain of Spring 32J3 (set)
  6. The Anderson Rant 32R3
  7. The Silver Tassie 32S3
  8. Soft Pretzels 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  9. The Reel of the Royal Scots 32R3

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We started with only 5 people so we did a 5-person dance and a few more people arrived. We reviewed timing in the knot (both 2-couple and 3-couple) and handing in rights and lefts for 3 couples.

Dances done:

  1. Loch Effect 5J32 (5-person set dance)
  2. Miss Allie Anderson 32J3
  3. Beeswing 32R3
  4. The Morning After 32S2
  5. Cheeky Chipmunk 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  6. A Stroller in Hades 32R3
  7. Moulin Brae 32S3 (set)
  8. Airyhall Delight 32J3
  9. The Blethering Ghillie 32S3
  10. The Peat Road 32R3

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Noel Chávez taught the class and concentrated on advance and retire, back to back, and petronella in tandem.

Dances done:

  1. Red Nose Jig 40J4 (Square)
  2. The Mad Hatter 32J3
  3. Miss Gibson’s Strathspey 32S3
  4. Mr William Brown’s Reel 32R3
  5. Flock of Geese 32J5 (Set)
  6. Honey for Jan 32S2
  7. Anderson’s Rant 32R3

Tuesday, July 19, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. As a farewell to Carrie, we danced a program of dances all written by Chicago-affiliated devisors. We reviewed rights and lefts for 3 couples again, but this time danced *across* the set and we reviewed the bourrel for 3 couples.

Dances done:

  1. Hello Neighbor 32J3
  2. Pluto’s Head 32R2
  3. A Hame in the East 32S3
  4. Quarries’ Jig 32J3
  5. The Loch Michigan Rant 40R3
  6. Barbara’s Strathspey 32S3
  7. Lady June Gordon 32J3
  8. Lucy’s Fancy 32R3

Tuesday, July 12, 2002, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We reviewed the knot, double triangles, inveran reels, and rights and lefts for 3 couples and danced dances incorporating those figures.

Dances done:

  1. Birkenside 32S2
  2. Penelope 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  3. My Wife’s a Winsome Wee Thing 32J3
  4. Golden Age Strathspey 32S3
  5. 35 Years and Counting 32J3
  6. Lady Dumfries 32R3
  7. Penelope again
  8. J. B. Milne 32R3
  9. Susan Scott of San Rafael 32R3

Tuesday, July 5, 2002, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We danced a couple of dances for the Queen’s Jubilee, a dance for midsummer (a bit late), and a few fun dances. We reviewed the strathspey poussette from all positions, including both sides of the set.

Dances done:

  1. The Brudenell Jig 32J2
  2. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh 40R3
  3. Midsummer Common 32S3
  4. Canadian Roots 32J3
  5. The Royal Yacht Britannia 40R3
  6. Linnea’s Strathspey 32S3
  7. Arthur’s Seat 32R3

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We re-tried our top 3 trial dances to pick an favorite prior to sending our results to HQ. We also did a couple of simpler dances with basic figures for our new dancer Marnie (who didn’t need this as she is very quick to catch on).

Dances done:

  1. The Buckie Jig 32J2
  2. The Ballater Reel 32R2
  3. Tinkling Jade 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  4. trial strathspey
  5. trial strathspey
  6. trial reel

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We tried some of the dances from the Midwest Scottish Weekend and a couple of lovely strathspeys not done at the weekend.

Dances done:

  1. The Lady Wynd 32J3
  2. A Taste of Home 32R3
  3. Virtual Happiness 32S3 (Set)
  4. Rachel’s Bakery 32J3
  5. High Maintenance 32R3 (Set) (new Sue dance)
  6. Memories from Lyon 32S3 (Set) – note on the same page as A Taste of Home
  7. 35 Years and Counting 32J3

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We finished trying the trial dances for Book 53 and plan to revisit the top vote getters to pick our overall favorite on the 30th. We were pleased to have visitors (Atia and Judy) from Cincinnati join us on their way home from the Midwest Scottish Weekend.

Dances done:

  1. Hooper’s Jig 32J3
  2. trial reel
  3. trial strathspey
  4. trial jig
  5. trial reel
  6. trial strathspey

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We taught the remaining not-taught dance from the MSW and covered a few of the challenging ones we’d not danced recently.

Dances done:

  1. The Crathie Bellman 32J3
  2. The Brisk Young Lad 48J5 (Set)
  3. The Gentleman 32S3
  4. Starlight 32R3
  5. The Three Sisters 32S3
  6. The Elusive Muse 32J3 (Set)
  7. Margaret Parker’s Strathspey 32S3

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Noel Chávez taught the class and concentrated on handing and timing in turns and crossings. We covered 4- and 2-bar turns in strathspey time and in rights and lefts. We also covered strathspey traveling and setting steps then used our knowledge in set to and turn corners in both strathspey and quicktime. We then worked on corner-partner in both tempos.

Dances done:

  1. Jig to the Music 32J3 (Set)
  2. A Helping Hand 32R3 (Set)
  3. Invercauld’s Reel 32S3
  4. Kitty Campbell’s Reel 32R3
  5. Sugar Candie 32S3
  6. Spaghetti Paw Prints 32J3
  7. The Reel of the 51st Division 32R3

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We mostly worked to try out dances submitted for Book 53 and added a couple of other dances for fun.

Dances done:

  1. Le Papillon 32J3
  2. trial reel
  3. trial strathspey
  4. trial jig
  5. trial strathspey
  6. Golden Splendor 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  7. The Highlandman Kissed His Mother 32R3

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We did one dance from the MSW Friday dance program and one dance from the MSW Ball. We also started working on trial dances for possible inclusion in Book 53.

Dances done:

  1. Gloria’s Wee Jig 32J2
  2. Clutha 48R4 (square)
  3. The Duchess Tree 32S3
  4. trial jig
  5. Circle of Life 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. All For Mary 32R3

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We reviewed ladies chain and grand chain and did several dances including those figures. We danced dances from the MSW dance programs and the Boston weekend programs as well as a couple of favorites.

Dances done:

  1. Mrs Stewart’s Jig 32J3
  2. Bratach Bana 32R3
  3. The Dundee Whaler 32S4 (set)
  4. The Express 40R3
  5. The White City 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. The Falls of Rogie 32R3
  7. Blue Bonnets 32J2

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Noel Chávez taught the class and provided an intensive review of quicktime traveling step with an emphasis on getting the hops in the correct places and making the carry-through smooth and continuous. She also reviewed grand chain.

Dances done:

  1. Longfield Reel 32R3
  2. Lake Shore Jig 32J3
  3. Loch Leven Castle 32R2
  4. The Haar on Skye 32S3
  5. Child’s Play 40J3 (set)
  6. Maxwell’s Rant 32R3
  7. Frae A’ the Airts 16S16R3
  8. Gaelforce Wind 32J3
  9. Duke of Perth 32R3

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We spent time working on reels of 3 and reels of 4, both right-shoulder and left-shoulder and walked from all positions. We then danced dances incorporating those reels. We also spent time reviewing the strathspey poussette. We danced a couple of dances from the Boston program and one from the MSW Friday dance program.

Dances done:

  1. The Isle 32J3
  2. Currie Mountain 32R3
  3. Dream Angus 32S3
  4. Just a Little Jig 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  5. Da Rain Dancin’ 32R3
  6. The Gentleman 32S3

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We spent time on strathspey traveling and setting steps and emphasized adjusting your steps and timing for covering different distances in dances. We also reviewed the rondel. We did some dances from the MSW Ball and the Boston dance weekend.

Dances done:

  1. The Ayr Promenade (var in the last 8 bars to make a 3 couple dance) 32J3
  2. Fair Donald 32S3
  3. The Australian Ladies 32R3
  4. The Flight of the Falcon 32J3
  5. The Three Sisters 32S3
  6. Anderson’s Rant 32R3
  7. Trotter at Play 32J3 (new Sue dance)
  8. Bob Campbell 32S3

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We’d billed this as a ‘bring a friend’ night, so had prepared some introductory dances to start with, but we didn’t actually have any new dancers. There were quite a few friends we’d not seen in a bit, so we had a nice crowd and tweaked the program to match. We started with some simpler dances and a ceilidh dance, then did a couple of dances from the MSW Ball, Blue Sky, Yellow Sun in honor of Ukraine, an old friend, and a tartan-themed dance in honor of Tartan Day last week.

Dances done:

  1. Circle of Cheer 32R (circle)
  2. Pluto’s Head 32R2
  3. Britannia Two Step 6/8 pipe march
  4. Blue Sky, Yellow Sun 32S4 (set)
  5. The Lantern of the North 32J3
  6. The Flowers of Edinburgh 32R3
  7. Margaret Parker’s Strathspey 32S3
  8. A Touch of Tartan 32R3

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Mady Newfield taught the class and reviewed quicktime skip change and corners pass and turn both the regular figure and the modified figure in Drewry’s dance. We did a couple of dances in honor of Tartan Day and 3 dances from the MSW Ball.

Dances done:

  1. Tartan Plaidie 32S2 also done as 32J2
  2. Happy Tartan 32R3
  3. The Lantern of the North 32J3
  4. The Hazel Tree 32J3
  5. Oompah, Oompah, Shove It Up Your Joompah! 32R2

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Noel Chávez taught the class and reviewed all the quicktime steps: traveling, slip step, and pas-de-basque, both stationary and traveling. She also covered the quicktime poussette and reviewed rights and lefts in strathspey time, both with 2 bars per change and 1 bar per change. We had a new dancer who picked up SCD very quickly – welcome, Carrie!

Dances done:

  1. Corn Rigs 32R2
  2. Jenny’s Bawbee 24S2
  3. The Snake Pass 32J3
  4. Susan Scott of San Rafael 32R3
  5. Hope Little’s Strathspey 32S3 (set)
  6. General Stuart’s Reel 32R3

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We were pleased to welcome a visitor – welcome, Benjamin! We reviewed strathspey setting and hello-goodbye setting in both strathspey time and quicktime. We also reviewed ladies’ chain up and down the set and the tournée. We did a dance to celebrate cherry blossom time, 2 dances from the MSW ball and 1 dance from the MSW Friday dance program.

Dances done:

  1. The Crathie Bellman 32J3
  2. Adieu Mon Ami 32S3
  3. Inverneill House 32R3
  4. Cherry Blossom Time 32J3
  5. Bees Are Back! 32R3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Argyll Strathspey 32S3
  7. Angus MacKinnon’s Hornpipe 32H3

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We reviewed the timing for a 3-couple promenade and did some dances in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. We did Regina Freinbichler’s dance in her memory and one dance from the Midwest Scottish Weekend Friday Dance Program.

Dances done:

  1. EH3 7AF 32J3
  2. The Shamrock Girl 32S4 (set)
  3. The Irish Rover 32R3
  4. Between Yews and Willows 32S3 (set)
  5. Saint Patrick’s Day 32J2
  6. A Shared Tradition 32R3 (new Sue dance)
  7. Clockwork 32J3
  8. Balquidder Strathspey 32S3
  9. The Wind on the Heath 32R3

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We reviewed the 2- and 3-couple allemande in both strathspey and reel time. We also danced a dance in honor of International Women’s Day and a dance in honor of Wind in the Willows day. We incorporated 2 dances from the upcoming Midwest Scottish Weekend Ball program into the class as well.

Dances done:

  1. Pint o’ Ale Is Fain 32J3
  2. Sandy O’er the Lea 32S2
  3. 5 Feisty Women and Michael 32R3 (set – danced 2X)
  4. Major Ian Stewart 32J3
  5. The Byron Strathspey 32S3 (set)
  6. The German Figure 32R3 (new Sue dance)
  7. Toad of Toad Hall 32R3

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We reviewed pas-de-basque, both in place and traveling and reviewed the set to partner and corner (hello-goodbye) figure. We also reviewed strathspey setting advancing and turning two hands back to place. We included two dances from the Midwest Scottish Weekend Friday Dance Program and one dance from the postponed Madison Ball.

Dances done:

  1. The Birks of Lafayette 32J3
  2. Starlight 32R3
  3. Simon Brodie 32S3
  4. The Elusive Muse 32J3 (set)
  5. Just Keep Turning 32R3 (new Sue dance)
  6. Miss Ogilvie’s Fancy 32S3
  7. The Reel of the Royal Scots 32R3

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We found one kind-of Presidents’ Day/George Washington’s Birthday-themed dance to try. We also tried out Wouter Joubert’s dance and music written to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Anniversary. We covered the quicktime setting step (pas-de-basque) and reviewed the form of the quicktime poussette. We drew on the Madison Ball program (which sadly has been pushed to next year) and the Midwest Scottish Weekend Ball program for a couple of other dances.

Dances done:

  1. Collichur 32J3
  2. Bohemian Reflections 32R3
  3. The George Washington Bridge 32S4 (set)
  4. Platinum Reflections 40J3 (set)
  5. Petronella 32R2
  6. Diagonal Duet 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  7. Mrs MacPherson of Inveran 32R3

Tuesday, February 15, 2022. we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We danced a few Valentines Day-themed dances, one dance from the proposed Madison Ball program, and a dance left over from the Burns night celebration a couple of weeks ago. We talked about timing in dances and used a simple-seeming dance to illustrate how hard a ‘simple’ dance can be with complex timing.

Dances done:

  1. Granville Market 32J3
  2. When Hearts Meet 32R3
  3. The Braes of Breadalbane 32S3
  4. Two Hearts Entwined 32R3 (new Sue dance)
  5. Asilomar Romantic 32S3
  6. Linton Ploughman 32J3
  7. The Valentine 32S3
  8. Joie de Vivre 32J3
  9. The Deil Amang the Tailors 32R3

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. This week we tried 5 strathspeys to select one to send to HQ for consideration for Book 53.

Dances done:

  1. Hello Neighbor 32J3
  2. Shiftin’ Bobbins 32R3
  3. 73 Is the Perfect Number 32S3 (Sue dance)
  4. A Hame in the East 32S3 (Mady dance)
  5. 23 / 7 32S3 (Sue dance)
  6. Stormontfield 16S+16R (Mady dance)
  7. The 18th of November 32S3 (Sue dance)

Tuesday, February 2, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Noel Chávez taught the class and reviewed strathspey setting, the half strathspey poussette, and interesting reels.

Dances done:

  1. New Year Jig 32J3
  2. Red House 40R3
  3. Staffin Harvest 32S4 (set)
  4. John of Bon Accord 32R3
  5. Neidpath Castle 32S3 (set)
  6. Eileen Watt’s Reel 32R3 (set)
  7. Light and Airy 32J3

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. This week we tried 5 reels to see if the Branch should send any to HQ for Book 53. The rest of the evening we danced Burns-themed dances for Robbie Burns.

Dances done:

  1. Cutty Sark 32J3
  2. The Lea Rig 32S2
  3. Tunes of Glory 48R3 (Sue dance)
  4. The Winding Path 32R3 (Mady dance)
  5. Corinne’s Caper 32H3 (Sue dance)
  6. Hooty Hollow 32R3 (Mady dance)
  7. Super Blue Blood Moon 32R4 (set) (Sue dance)
  8. Burns Night 32J2

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We tried 5 jigs to see if the Branch should send one to HQ for consideration for Book 53. The rest of the evening we danced snow-themed dances for Snowman Day.

Dances done:

  1. Snowdrops in the Glen 32R3
  2. Snow Flurries 32S3 (set)
  3. Grandpa Squeezebox 32J3 (Sue dance)
  4. Remembering Ingrid 32J3 (Mady dance)
  5. Carefree Highway 32J3 (Sue dance)
  6. Flying Geese 32J3 (set) (Mady dance)
  7. Four Daughters 32J4 (set) (Sue dance)
  8. Snowdrops 32S3 (set)
  9. Snowball Fight 32R3

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, we returned to dancing at Dance Spot of DuPage. We celebrated the arrival of the New Year with a few ‘new’-themed dances.

Dances done:

  1. Ways in New Hall 32R3
  2. New Year’s Eve or Off We Go 32J3
  3. Time to Dance Again 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  4. Fay’s New Reel 32R3
  5. The Minister on the Loch 32S3 (set)
  6. The Newmain Jig 32J2
  7. Border Lassies 32J3
  8. The New River Reel 32R3

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. We celebrated our last class of the year with holiday-themed dances and some Christmas/Holiday music.

Dances done:

  1. The Dancing Bells 32J3
  2. The Punch Bowl 32R3
  3. Gifts 32S3 (set)
  4. Mistletoe and Holly 32J3
  5. Merry & Bright 32S3 (new Sue dance)
  6. The Candy Cane Reel 32R3
  7. Victoria Plums 32S4 (set)
  8. New Year Jig 32J3
  9. A Christmas Ceilidh 40R3

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, we danced at Dance Spot of DuPage. Noel Chávez taught the class and reviewed strathspey setting, turning 1.5 in four bars, and the geography of the quicktime poussette.

Dances done:

  1. The Dancing Bells 32J3
  2. Delvine Side 32S3
  3. The Kissing Bridge 32R3
  4. The Wandering Wallaby 32J4 (set)
  5. The Silver Tassie 32S3
  6. Jenny Dang the Weaver 32R2

Saturday, December 4, 2021, we had our Fall Dance at Batavia Academy of Dance. The program included dances we’d tried in class and some old favorites. All dances were reviewed in class this Fall. The crib is available here Fall Dance_2021.

The program was:

  1. New Beginnings 32J3
  2. The Royal Deeside Railway 32R3
  3. The Flower Lady 32S3 (set)
  4. Fair Jenny’s Jig 32J3
  5. An Autumn Posy 32S2
  6. The Kissing Bridge 32R3
  7. Pelorus Jack 32J3
  8. A Bytown Lass 32S3
  9. Lady Susan Stewart’s Reel 32R3
  10. Dr Wagstaff’s Strathspey 32S3
  11. Beach Dancer 32J3
  12. The Reel of the 51st Division 32R3

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