RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 9th Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 10 December 2005, 7:00pm

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004
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.

This year's ball will be held in conjunction with a Weekend Workshop in celebration of the branch's 30th anniversary, featuring guest instructors Bruce and Jo Hamilton.

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: $20.00
A discount of $5 is offered to students and those who are attending their first Scottish country dance ball.
Tickets for non-dancers are $8 (includes dessert buffet and live music).
To register, just 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]
Accomodations: Hospitality is available for out of town guests. Please contact John Shackleton (jshackleton [at]
Other Activities:
  • There will be a ball walkthrough at 7:30pm on Friday, December 9, at Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis.
  • There will be a potluck"after-glow" party, at the home of Barbara Cameron in north Minneapolis. Directions will be available at the ball.


Waltz Country Dance 40 W RSCDS 4
EH3 7AF 32 J RSCDS 40
Bonnie Charlie 32 R Let's All Dance/Blue Ribbon Coll'n
Delvine Side 32 S RSCDS 2
Hooper's Jig 32 J MMM II
Eightsome Reel 40+(8x48)+40 R RSCDS 2
Mrs. Schneider's Strathspey 32 S Wee Hoose on the Prairie
Petronella 32 R RSCDS 1
Highland Schottische Couple Dance  
Dashing White Sergeant 32 R (round the room) RSCDS 3
Well Done Jack 32 J RSCDS 29
MacDonald of the Isles 32 S Carnforth 2
Jessie's Hornpipe 32 R 101 SCD
Strip the Willow 32 9/8 J RSCDS 1
Postie's Jig 32 J Ormskirk
Monymusk 32 S RSCDS 11
Reel of the 51st Division 32 R RSCDS 13

Waltz Country Dance
40 Waltz (couple facing couple around the room) Text hiddenRSCDS 4
1-2 Balance forward and back.
3-4 Travel forward passing opposite by right shoulder to end facing partner.
5-8 Repeat 1-4 but passing partner right shoulder.
9-16 Repeat 1-8 to end in original positions.
17-18 Join hands in a ring and dance forward and back.
19-20 Men swap women on their left over to their right side.
21-32 Repeat 17-20 three more times.
33-40 Take partner in ballroom hold and waltz CCW around and past the other couple to change places. End facing original direction to meet a new couple.

8x32 J 3C RSCDS 40
1-8 1C lead down the middle & up. 1C, 2C, 3C finish in the center of the set ready for . . .
9-16 3-couple promenade, 1C casting to 2nd place and 2C finishing in 1st place.
17-24 1C pass RS, turn 1st corners RH to finish 1W between 2C, 1M between 3C. 1C pass RS, turn 2nd corners RH and finish in 2nd place on partner's side.
25-28 1M with 2C, 1W with 3C dance RH across.
29-32 1C dance half figures of 8, 1W dancing up between 2C, 1M down between 3C, to finish on own sides in 2nd place.

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.

Delvine Side
8x32 S 3C


1-81C and 2C set to partners, cross passing right shoulders, set, cross back.
9-16 1C down the middle and up.
17-24 1C and 2C allemande, 1C finish facing 1st corners.
25-32 1C turn 1st corners BH, dance round each other passing right shoulders, turn 2nd corners BH and passing right shoulders dance across to own sides in 2nd place.

Hooper's Jig
8x32 J 3C MMM II
1-4 All clap. 1C cross, passing right shoulders, and cast off one place.
5-8 1C & 3C dance RH across.
9-12 All clap. 1C cross, passing right shoulders, and cast up one place.
13-16 1C & 2C dance left hands across.
17-18 1M & 3W change places giving RH.
19-20 1W & 3M change places giving RH while 1M & 3W loop around to the right to face back in.
21-22 3W & 1M change back giving RH while 1M & 3W loop around to the right to face back in.
23-24 3M & 1W change back giving LEFT hands, 1W dancing to 2nd place while 1M casts off and 2C steps up.
25-32 1C & 2C rights and lefts.

Eightsome Reel
40 + 8x48 + 40R  4C sqText hidden RSCDS 2
Part A:
1-8 All circle 8 hands round and back.
9-12 All dance right hands across as couples, with women on the inside and men on the outside of the wheel.
13-16 All dance left hands back as couples, pivoting to place men on the inside and women on the outside of the wheel.
17-24 Set twice to partner and turn (finish facing partner).
25-40 All dance a grand chain (2 bars per hand).
Part B:
1-8 Circle 7 hands round and back with 1W in the middle.
9-16 1W set to & turn her partner, then set to and turn her opposite (3M).
17-24 1W dance a left shoulder reel of 3 with partner and opposite.
25-32 Repeat bars 1-8 of Part B.
33-40 1W set to & turn the man to the right of her partner (2M), then set to and turn the opposite man (4M).
40-48 1W dance a left shoulder reel of 3 with the two men, ending in her original place and 2W ending in the middle of the set.
Repeat Part B seven times with 2W, 3W, 4W, 1M, 2M, 3M, and 4M in the middle.
Repeat Part A.

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
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.

8x32 R 2C


1-161C dance the petronella figure to finish in original places (i.e. turn right about moving 1/4 around a diamond, then set; repeat 3x).
17-24 1C down the middle and up.
25-32 1C and 2C poussette.

Highland Schottische
Couple Dance in ballroom hold

Dance a highland schottische setting step, M with LF, W with RF:

Bars 1-2: point toe to 2nd pos., bring foot up in front of shin (3rd aerial), point to 2nd, and bring foot up behind calf (3rd rear aerial). Bounce on supporting foot on each of these four beats.

Bars 3-4: dance a common schottische ("regular") strathspey setting step.

5-8 Repeat to the other side.
9-12 Set using common schottische ("regular") strathspey steps (M go L then R, W go R then L).
13-16 Use four "step-hops" to polka around the room, rotating CW and following line of dance CCW around the room.

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.

Well Done Jack
8x32 J 3C RSCDS 29
1-8 1C, 2C dance back-to-back; turn partners RH 1 1/2.
9-16 1C, 2C dance back-to-back; dance half rights & lefts.
17-24 1C, 2C, 3C set twice; turn partners RH
25-32 1C dance down between 3C, cast up, dance up between 2C, cast to 2nd place.

MacDonald of the Isles

32 S 3C set Carnforth 2
1-8 2C pass each other left shoulders to dance a diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, finishing by dancing around each other by the left shoulder to face 2nd corners.
9-16 2C dance a diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners.
17-24 Progressive grand chain: 1C cross RH (2 bars), 1C change places LH with 2C (2 bars), 1C change places RH with 3C while 2C cross RH (2 bars), 1C cross LH while 2C and 3C change places LH (2 bars).
25-28 3C and 2C dance half rights and lefts.
29-32 3C dance half a figure of eight, 1M up around 2C, 1W down around 1C.

Jessie's Hornpipe
8x32 R 3C 101 SCD*
1-8 1C dance mirror figures of 8 around 2C and 3C, dancing in and down to begin*
9-16 1C dance down the middle and up, finishing in the middle facing down.
17-24 1C dance under arch made by 2C, turn round, 2C dance under arch made by 1C. Repeat.
25-32 1C & 2C poussette.
*Note: We are doing the dance as originally published in 101 Scottish Country Dances. As published in RSCDS book 8, the dance begins with parallel figures of 8.

Strip the Willow
9/8 J in a 4, 5, or 6 couple set
Part 1: Woman strips the willow:
1C turns RH 1Ĺ .
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.

Postieís Jig
4x32 J 4C Ormskirk V
1-8 1C, 4C SET. 1C CAST down and dance a HALF FIGURE OF 8 around 2C while 4C CAST up and dance a HALF FIGURE OF 8 around 3C.
9-10 1W & 4W, 1M & 4M join nearer hands and dance across, LADIES UNDER MENíS ARCH.
11-12 1C, 4C TURN THE CORNERS by the free hand to finish 1C btw 2C facing down and 4C btw 3C facing up.
13-16 REPEAT bars 9-12 up and down the set (couple coming up make the arch).
17-24 REPEAT bars 9-16 to finish in order 2C, 1C, 4C, 3C with 1C and 4C on wrong sides.
25-28 1C & 4C HALF RIGHTS & LEFTS.
29-32 4C, 1C TURN RH.

8x32 S 3C RSCDS 11
1-4 1C turn RH and cast to 2nd place.
5-8 1C turn LH 1 1/4 to finish 1W between 2C facing down, 1M between 3C facing up.
9-12 Set in lines of 3 across the dance. On bars 11-12, 1C dance a petronella turn to finish in 2nd place on partner's side of the set.
13-16 All set twice.
17-24 2C, 1C, 3C circle six hands round and back.
25-32 1C pass person on their right (2nd corner) right shoulder to dance six-bar reels of three on the sides. 1C cross RH to own sides on bars 31-32.

Reel of the 51st Divison
8x32 R 3C RSCDS 13
1-8 1C set to each other and cast off two places (2C moves up on 3-4). 1C meet below the 3rd couple and lead up the middle to face 1st corners.
9-12 1C set to 1st corners and turn them RH, finishing by joining LH with partner, forming a diagonal line.
13-14 Balance in line.
15-16 1C (leaving first corners in place) turn 1 1/4 LH to face 2nd corners.
17-22 Repeat bars 9-14 with 2nd corners.
23-24 1C turn LH to own sides in 2nd place.
25-32 2C, 1C, and 3C six hands round and back.

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