RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 10th Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 9 December 2006, 6:30pm

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005
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)
 Doors Open at 6:30pm. Grand March at 7:00pm
Music: Thistledown (Anne Benson, Sherry Ladig, Pat O'Loughlin, and Ken Steffenson)
Tickets: NOTE: To ensure that this event is affordable for all, we are pleased to announce that ticket prices have been reduced from last year!
A discount of $5 is offered to students and those who are attending their first Scottish country dance ball.
Tickets for non-dancers are $6 (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 Judith Palmateer (jpalmateer0463 [at]
Other Activities:
  • There will be a ball practice (walk-through of the entire program) from 7:30 to 9:30pm on Friday, December 8, at Olivet Congregational Church in St. Paul.
  • There be a ball practice (dance-through of selected dances from the program) from 10am to 12noon on Saturday, December 9, at Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis
  • There will be a potluck"after-glow" party, at the home of Gred and Deb Lance in Eden Prairie . Directions will be available at the ball.


St. Bernard's Waltz 16 W  
Hooper's Jig 32 J MMM 2
Bonnie Charlie 32 R Let's All Dance/Blue Ribbon Coll'n
Birks of Invermay 32 S RSCDS 16
Petronella 32 R RSCDS 1
Saint John River 32 S New Brunswick
Society Piper 32 J Goldring/10 Social Dances
Crom Allt 32 R Goldring/24 Graded & Social
Delvine Side 32 S RSCDS 2
I'll Mak Ye Fain to Follow Me 32 J RSCDS 6
Largo Law 32 S MMM1
Trip to Sucker Bay 32 J Fare Thee Weel
Catch the Wind 32 H RSCDS 45

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saint John River
4x32 S 4C New Brunswick
1-8 1W, followed by 1M, cast behind 2W, dance across the set and down behind 3M, across the set and down behind 4W.
9-16 1C dance up under arch made by 4C, turn 1 1/2 with both hands, and dance up to original places under arch made by 2C.
17-24 1C, followed by 2C, 3C, and 4C lead down the set. When 4C reach the top of the set, they cast off to own places followed by 3C, 2C, and 1C.
25-32 All dance back-to-back. 1C face down and chain down the sidelines, giving RH to 2C, LH to 3C and RH to 4C to end in 4th place.

Society Piper
8x32 J 3C Goldring/10 Social Dances
1-4 1C dance a half figure of 8 around 2C, crossing down to begin.
5-8 1C change places with 2C giving outside hand (1W & 2M give RH, 1M & 2W give LH), then change places with 3C giving the other hand.
9-12 1C dance a half figure of 8 around 3 couple above them, crossing up to begin
13-16 1C change places with 3C giving outside hand (1W and 3W give RH, 1M and 3M give LH), then change places with 2C giving the other hand.
17-24 1C join nearer hands and dance down for 2 bars to the middle of the set. 1C set to 3C, turn to face each other and set to partner, then set to 1C.
25-28 1W dance RH across with 2W and 3W while 1M dances LH across with 2M and 3M
29-32 1C dance up to the top and cast to 2nd place.

Crom Allt (The Crooked Burn)
8x32 R 3C Goldring/24 Graded & Social
1-8 Mirror reels of 3 on the sides, 1C dancing in and down to begin.
9-12 1M with 2M, 1W with 2W mirror turns 1 1/2 times, 1C dancing in to begin (i.e. Women LH, Men RH).
13-16 1C dance down between 3C, divide, and cast up to 2nd place on own sides.
17-20 1C and 1st corners advance and retire.
21-24 1C and 1st corners turn RH and finish back on the sidelines.
25-28 1C and 2nd corners repeat bars 17-20
29-32 1C and 2nd corners turn LH and finish back on the sidelines.

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.

I'll Mak Ye Fain to Follow Me
8x32 J 3C RSCDS 6
1-4 1W casts off two places on her own side, followed by 1M to finish on opposite sides below 3C.
5-8 1M casts up behind 3W and 2W, followed by 1W, and back to places at the top.
9-12 1C cross RH and cast to 2nd place. 2C step up.
13-16 1C cross LH and cast to 3rd place, then lead up to finish facing 1st corners.
17-24 1C set to and turn corners.
25-32 1C dance six-bar reels of 3 on the sides with corners, giving left shoulder to 1st corner to begin. 1C cross RH to own sides on bars 31-32.

Largo Law
8x32 S 3C MMM I
1-8 1C, 2C, & 3C dance six hands round and back.
9-16 1C lead down the middle and up, ending between 2C with 1W facing 2M and 1M facing 2W, ready for . . .
17-24 1C & 2C dance a reel of 4 across the dance. 1C end on own sides facing up.
25-32 1C cast around 2C, dance down between 3C, and cast up around 3C to end in 2nd place.

Trip to Sucker Bay
8x32 J 3C Fare Thee Weel
1-4 1C, 2C, & 3C advance and retire.
5-8 All cross giving RH to partner (2 bars) and chase CW 1/4 of the way around to form two lines of 3 across the set, men facing up, women facing down.
9-16 Repeat bars 1-8, but cross LH and chasing CCW to original places.
17-24 All dance 6 hand round and back.
25-32 1C dance a half figure of 8 around 2C (4 bars), then cross RH and cast one place (or to the bottom of the set).

Catch the Wind
8x32 H 3C RSCDS 45
1-8 1C set, cast to 2nd place, and dance half a figure of 8 around the 2C (2C step up on bars 3-4).
9-12 1C set twice, 1W turning to face out on the last two pas de basques.
12-16 1W, followed by her partner, casts up & dances down middle to finish between 3C facing 3M, while 1M finishes between 2C facing 2M.
17-24 1W with 2C and 1M with 3C dance RS reels of 3 across the set.
25-28 1W, followed by her partner, casts up behind 3M & crosses to own side (1M dances down middle & casts up to finish on his own side).
29-32 1C turn RH.

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