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, 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