RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 7th Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 6 December 2003, 6:30pm


Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002
» 2003 Failte Ball photos by Jerry Corwin
What is It?: "Fàilte" means welcome in Gaelic, and all Scottish dancers, beginners and experienced, are most welcome! The Fàilte Ball is intended to be a gentle introduction to the ball scene for newer dancers, and a fun night for all. Enjoy a scrumptious dessert buffet, live music, and dancing in a semi-formal setting. Never been to a ball before and not sure what to expect? Check out our guide for the neophyte ball-goer and then grab your ghillies and join us on the dance floor.
Place: Barton Open School
4237 Colfax Avenue South, Minneapolis
(on Colfax Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street)
Music: Thistledown (Anne Benson, Sherry Ladig, Pat O'Loughlin, and Ken Steffenson)
Tickets: $17.00
A discount of $5 is offered to students and those who are attending their first Scottish country dance ball.
Tickets for non-dancers are $5 (includes dessert buffet and live music).
To register, send a check made out to RSCDS Twin Cities Branch along with your name, address, and phone number to Judith Palmateer, 1935 Berkshire Drive, Eagan, MN 55122. Please also indicate whether you need hospitality. If you would like dance directions mailed to you, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. For more information, e-mail: jpalmateer0463 [at] comcast.net or phone: 651-452-0463 
Accomodations: Hospitality is available for out of town guests.
For information, contact Sherry Gwegorryn, e-mail: argynt [at] msn.com
Other Activities:
  • There will be a ball walkthrough on Friday, December 5, at Olivet Congregational Church in St. Paul.
  • There will be a ball practice on Saturday, December 6, starting at 9:30am at the Tapestry Folkdance Center.
  • There will be a potluck"after-glow" party at the home of Sherry Gwegorryn. Bring a dish to share. Directions to Sherry's will be available at the ball.

Program:

Dashing White Sergeant 32 R (round the room) RSCDS 3
Cumberland Reel 32 J RSCDS 1
Mrs. Schneider's Strathspey 32 S Wee Hoose on the Prairie
Light and Airy 32 J RSCDS 4
Bonnie Charlie 32 R Blue Ribbon Collection
Light on the Water 32 S Let's All Dance
Strip the Willow 9/8 J RSCDS 1
Interval
St. Bernard's Waltz 16 W Traditional
Highland Rambler 40 R Leeds Silver Jubilee
Corn Rigs 32 R RSCDS 4
Silver Tassie 32 S RSCDS 32
Wild Geese 32 J RSCDS 24
Birks of Invermay 32 S RSCDS 16
Reel of the Royal Scots 32 R RSCDS Leaflet


Dashing White Sergeant
32 R, 3 dancers facing 3 dancers around the room space hereRSCDS 3
1-8 Six hands round and back
9-12 Middle person faces partner to the right. Set , then turn with both hands.
13-16 Middle person faces partner to the left. Set , then turn with both hands.
17-24 All dance left-shoulder reels of 3, beginning with the middle person facing partner to their right.
25-32 All advance and retire, then pass through the opposite line of three to face the next line of dancers around the circle.


Cumberland Reel
4x32 J 4C set RSCDS 1
1-8 1C and 2C right hands across and left hands back.
9-16 1C dance down the middle and up.
17-28 1C, followed by 2C, 3C, and 4C, cast down for 6 bars, meet partner and dance up to original places for 6 bars.
29-32 2C, 3C, and 4C make arches while 1C dances down under the arches to finish in 4th place.


Mrs Schneider's Strathspey
8x32 S 2C Wee Hoose on the Prairie
1-8 1M and 2W advance for 2 bars, retire for 2 bars, change places RH for 2 bars, and rest for 2 bars
while
1W and 2M rest for 2 bars, advance for two bars, retire for 2 bars, and change places RH, retaining hands for . . .
9-16 2C and 1C right hands across and left hands back.
17-24 1C dance half a figure of eight up around 2C.
25-28 2C dance half a figure of eight down around 1C.
29-32 2C and 1C circle 4 hands round to the left and back.


Light and Airy
8x32 J 3C RSCDS 4
1-8 1C set and cast to 3rd place (2C and 3C step up). 1C set and cast back to original places (2C and 3C step down).
9-16 1C lead down the middle and back up to the top, finishing in the middle.
17-24 1C and 2C dance the allemande. 1C finish facing 1st corners.
25-32 1C turn corner, partner, corner, partner, finishing in 2nd place on own sides.


Bonnie Charlie
8x32 R 4C set Blue Ribbon Collection
1-8 1C with 2C, 3C with 4C, circle four hands round and back.
9-16 1C in promenade hold (man on the right) , dance down the middle and up behind the men's line. End in original places facing down.
17-24 All dance reels of 4 on the sides.
25-28 1C cross RH (2 bars). 1M dance down behind women's line while 1W dances down behind men's line to end in 4th place on opposite sides.
29-32 1C turn RH 1 1/2 to own sides.


Light on the Water
8x32 S 3C Let's All Dance
1-8 1C cast down behind own lines for 4 bars and cast back up to place.
9-16 1C, 2C, and 3C dance mirror reels of 3 on the sides, taking hands when meeting partner. 1C dance in and down to begin.
17-24 1C lead down the middle for 2 bars, face each other and set once, lead up to the top and cast to 2nd place. 2C step up on bars 7-8 of the phrase.
25-32 2C, 1C, and 3C joining hands on the sides advance (1 bar) and retire (1 bar), dance back-to-back with partner (4 bars), and turn partner BH once around (2 bars).


Strip the Willow
9/8 J in a 4, 5, or 6 couple set
Part 1: Woman strips the willow:
1C turns RH 1 .
1C goes down the set with the 1W turning LH with 2M, then RH with partner, LH with 3M, RH with partner, etc., until she reaches the bottom of the set and turns partner RH.

Man strips the willow:
1C goes up the set with the 1M turning LH with last woman, RH with partner, LH with next woman up, RH with partner, etc., until he reaches the top of the set and turns partner RH.

Part 2: 1C strips the willow:
1C goes down the set with 1M turning LH with 2W, while at the same time 1W turns LH with 2M. 1C turns partner RH.
1C turns 3C LH, partner RH, etc. until they reach the bottom, where they turn RH for the final time and end at the bottom of the set.
A new top couple begins as previous couple is turning RH at the bottom of the set for the last time.


St. Bernard's Waltz
16 Waltz 1C Traditional Ceilidh
1-4 In ballroom hold, moving towards the lady's right, step-together, step-together, step-together, then lightly stamp both feet.
5-6 Moving in the opposite direction, step-together, step-together.
7-8 Take two steps towards the center of the room (lady heading forwards with right foot then left foot, man backwards with left foot then right).
9-10 Take two steps back out (same feet).
11-12 Lady turns about on the spot under the man's left arm.
13-16 Waltz onwards round the room.


Highland Rambler
8x40 R 3C Goldring/Leeds Silver Jubilee
1-4 1C dance in toward each other and cast off one place (2C step up on 3-4).
5-8 1C and 3C right hands across.
9-12 1C and 2C left hands across.
13-16 1W, followed by 1M, cast up around 2W; they dance down the middle to end 1W between 3C and 1M between 2C.
17-24 In lines of 3 across, all dance down, pull back right shoulder and dance back up. 1C end facing up.
25-28 1M followed by 1W cast off around 2W, ending on own sides in 2nd place.
29-32 1C turn RH
33-40 2C, 1C, and 3C dance six hands round and back.


Corn Rigs
8x32 R 2C RSCDS 4
1-8 1C cast down for 4 bars, turn inwards and dance back up to original places.
9-16 1C dance a figure of eight around 2C.
17-24 1C down the middle and up.
25-32 1C & 2C poussette to change places.


Silver Tassie
8x32 S 3C RSCDS 32
1-8 1C, 2C, and 3C cross giving RH and set, repeat back to original places.
9-16 1C and 3C dance a double figure of eight around the standing 2C, 1C crossing down while 3C cast up to begin.
17-24 1C, followed by 2C and 3C dance down the middle. 2C and 3C divide and follow 1C, who dance back up. Finish with 1C at the top of the set facing down, 2C facing up, and 3C on the sides.
25-32 1C & 2C dance the rondel to change places.


Wild Geese
8x32 J 3C RSCDS 24
1-4 1C and 3C set advancing for 2 bars, then balance in a zig-zag line for 2 bars.
5-8 1C turn RH and cast off to 3rd place while 3C turn RH and lead up to 1st place.
9-16 Repeat bars 1-8 with roles reversed to end in original positions.
17-24 1C down the middle and up to end in 2nd place. (2C step up on 19-20)
25-32 1C & 2C dance rights and lefts.


Birks of Invermay
8x32 S 3CRSCDS 16
1-4 1M and 2W turn with both hands.
5-8 1W and 2M turn with both hands.
9-16 1C, 2C, and 3C promenade.
17-24 1C cross giving RH, cast off one place, lead up between 2C, cross back to own sides, and cast off to 2nd place.
25-32 2C, 1C, and 3C dance six hands round and back.


Reel of the Royal Scots
8x32 R 3C RSCDS Leaflet
1-4 1W and 2W giving LH, 1M and 2M giving RH, TURN 1C to 2nd place, back-to-back in the middle of the set. Taking hands as if for double triangles, 2C, 1C, 3C SET.
5-8 1C retain hands with 3C and turn them into the middle to switch places with them. Taking hands as if for double triangles, 2C, 3C, 1C SET.
9-16 1C, followed by 2C, DANCE UP between the top couple, CAST OFF one place, DANCE DOWN below 3C's position and CAST UP, ending in the order 2C, 1C, 3C.
17-24 1C TURN RH with 1st corners, pass each other RS, TURN RH with 2nd corners, and pass RS to own sides in 2nd place.
29-32 2C, 1C, 3C CIRCLE six hands round to the left and back.



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