1-8 1s set, cast 1 place, cross RH & cast into their 1st corner (pstn) as 1st corners dance in & loop round to face 1st corner (pstns)
9-16 Original 1st corners dance reels of 3 on sides passing 1st corner (pstns) RSh
17-24 1L & 2L also 1M & 3M pass LSh to dance reels of 3 across (original 1st corner persons dance to their corners to enter reel), original corners end in their corners as 1s loop round to face their 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corner RH, pass RSh, turn 2nd corner RH & pass RSh to 2nd place own side
1s in prom hold (Lady on Man’s left) dance reel of 3 with 2s (RSh to 2M) & end facing 3M
1s dance reel with 3s (RSh to 3M) ending with 1s dancing across to Men’s side
1M casts up & 1L dn into centre & dance out Ladies side, 1M cast up & 1L dn to end 1M b’tw’n 2s facing dn & 1L+3s face up as 2s+3s dance R&L
2s+1s+3s set twice, 1s turn RH 1.3/4 times to 2nd places
THE LUCKENBOOTH BROOCH (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Bowie Dickson Glendarroch Sh 28
1- 8 1C in prom hold (Lady on Man’s left) dance reel of 3 with 2C (RSh to 2M) and end facing 3M. 2C finish in top place.
9-16 1C dance reel with 3C (RSh to 3M) ending with 1C in the middle in 2nd place facing the Men’s side
17-24 1C dance out between 2&3M and 1M casts up and 1L down & meet in the centre facing Ladies’ side, 1C dance out the side & cast 1M up and 1L down to end 1M between 2C facing down and 1L+3C face up as 2s+3s dance R&L
25-32 All 3 couples set twice, 1C turn RH 1¾ times & stay in the middle in promenade hold ready to start again
THE BEES OF MAGGIEKNOCKATER (J4x32) 4C set John Drewry Canadian Book
1- 8 1C cross RH and cast 1 place, 1C dance RH across with 3C and end 1M+3L also 1L+3M in prom hold facing out to pass corner person RSh
9-24 All dance 4x½ Reels of 3 on sides (to right to start, then left, right and left) with 1+3Cs changing partners in centre at end of each ½ Reel to progress Men clockwise and Ladies anticlockwise. End in centre 1C facing down and 3C facing up. Supporting couples dance 2 full reels of 3 on own sides.
25-32 1C dance between 3C turning 3C with nearer hand 1½ times, crossing over to own sides and dance between 4C to turn 4C 1½ times finishing at the bottom (Men RH and Ladies LH) 2341
We have been running a beginners’ class since 4th February and it has been a great success. We have had thirty two people through the doors and twenty of them have become regulars. Check out the Gallery under About the Club for photos of one of our classes.
The group certainly seem to be enjoying themselves and we have had some great comments from some of them.
-"Monday 4th February 7:30pm, I walked into the hall for a beginners course for SCD, feeling some trepidation and excitement. Eight weeks on and I love my Monday nights with a great bunch of fun (and funny) students, and fabulous teachers who are filled with the two “P’s” – Passion and Patience. To teach us ..... Continue Reading
-"A lot of credit has to go to Damon and Gaye and all the helpers who are long time dancers. I love trying and I will never give up and I love thinking I might be making at least some progress. I look at the experienced dancers and I think, “I bet they love dancing ..... Continue Reading
-"Last year my husband & I were lucky enough to be in a pub in Harris, Scotland when a cèilidh started. The participants were so full of life and having so much fun, it was a joy to watch. The experienced dancers were very encouraging and asked us to join in on a couple of ..... Continue Reading
-"What a night it was last night! So many new things to try. So much to get into our heads all at once. So much fun trying! I am so glad to have the You Tubes and the notes that Damon sends along as this helps to consolidate in my mind what I was meant ..... Continue Reading
Take your place in the sets at the end of the line as it is formed.
The top couple in each row are responsible for counting off the sets. Give the line a few seconds to settle down before starting to count. It saves time in the end!
Count down the middle in a reasonably loud voice so that dancers can hear clearly.
Having taken a place in the set, stay until the dance has finished.
Try and dance with different partners and make new friends.
Helping a NEW DANCER does not mean pushing and pulling. If a dancer needs help, leave it to their partner or one other experienced dancer in the set. Seven people talking all at once can be CONFUSING! Often all that is needed is an indication by hand and the dancer can follow where to go.
“Monday 4th February 7:30pm, I walked into the hall for a beginners course for SCD, feeling some trepidation and excitement.
Eight weeks on and I love my Monday nights with a great bunch of fun (and funny) students, and fabulous teachers who are filled with the two “P’s” – Passion and Patience. To teach us lot they require both of those, and they share them with abundance.
The 1 1/2 hr weekly sessions fly by and with my brain sometimes in a whirl I so appreciate the follow up emails we receive each week. These include UTube clips that show the steps that we have learnt and quite often the entire dance that these steps belong to so we have an appreciation of where we’re headed. Being able to slow the UTube clips down to half speed is great (by clicking on the Settings “wheel” bottom right of the screen and clicking Speed – Normal and then clicking on the speed option you prefer), enabling me to follow the steps more closely. Some weeks I get it and some weeks I don’t, but we are all in the same boat and share some laughs!
I look forward to joining the SCD club at the end of our course to carry on with the fun, dancing, learning and making new friends.
“A lot of credit has to go to Damon and Gaye and all the helpers who are long time dancers. I love trying and I will never give up and I love thinking I might be making at least some progress. I look at the experienced dancers and I think, “I bet they love dancing and I bet they feel as good as they look, which is very, very good. They just seem to float effortlessly a few millimeters above the floor, the music carrying them so gracefully.
What I love about the classwork is that it is so light-hearted. Damon never makes it sound all serious, nor does he ever make it seem like it is hard work, even though it kind of is, in a way. And it doesn’t seem to really matter if you mess up. The music, the movement, the fun of meeting new people who are also having fun makes for a special night. It is like entering a new world. There is a new language and a new way to move your feet and legs and hands. And to think so many people have done this for so long and enjoyed it! For them it is not new at all. Where have I been all this time? It is all a bit mysterious in a wonderful way to me. I guess we will all get there and we will all love it even more as we hone our skills through lots of practice. I can’t wait!”
“Last year my husband & I were lucky enough to be in a pub in Harris, Scotland when a cèilidh started. The participants were so full of life and having so much fun, it was a joy to watch. The experienced dancers were very encouraging and asked us to join in on a couple of the easier dances. We had an absolute blast.
When we heard that there was a Scottish Country Dancing group in Lower Hutt who were taking on some newbies, we jumped at the chance to give it a go with the hope of learning something new and to have fun. We haven’t been disappointed. The group is a mixture of ages and stages, all learning together, and with good humoured Damon and his band of supportive experienced dancers, we are kept on track.
At the end of a session I come away with endorphins flowing and face cheeks hurting from all the laughing. The great thing is we are all in the same situation and are all learning as we go, adding a few more steps or moves each week. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes it doesn’t however it doesn’t matter, we are still using muscles (body & brain!) we didn’t know existed and having lots of fun.
“What a night it was last night! So many new things to try. So much to get into our heads all at once. So much fun trying! I am so glad to have the You Tubes and the notes that Damon sends along as this helps to consolidate in my mind what I was meant to be learning. The legs and feet have not consolidated so well yet, but I have to believe that will come in time.
What is it about the music, the movement, the people, the smiles, the laughter, my intermittent successful formations and steps that seems to lift me up and make me forget my worries and concerns? It is like a golden happyland on Monday night. Is it something to do with us all working together at the same thing at the same time, like singing in harmony? We each play a different part, but it is the same dance. We all need each other to make it beautiful. Could it be that we don’t just need each other, but we actually appreciate each other as we dance along? I think there is an element which escapes words or description. Shall we just call it magic for lack of a better word?”
In celebration of Lower Hutt SCD Club’s 60th anniversary, a selection of dances devised by members of the club was made and published. Music for these dances are played by local and well-known bands, including The Monday Knights, Mishnish and Glenfiddle.
The book is $10.00 and $15.00 for the accompanying CD, which can be purchased by emailing the club.