RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 14th Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
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.

»Download 2010 Failte Ball Flyer/Registration Form (PDF)

»Download print-friendly dance notes (PDF)

Place: The Celtic Junction (New Location!!)
836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul
 Doors Open at 6:30pm. Grand March at 7:00pm
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 $10 (includes dessert buffet and live music).
To register, complete the registration form (PDF) and enclose a check made out to RSCDS Twin Cities Branch to to Tom Harries, 10520 Beard Avenue S, Bloomington, MN 55431.
Don't forget to indicate whether you need hospitality and if so, contact the hospitality coordinator (see below). If you would like dance directions mailed to you, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Accomodations: Hospitality will be available for out-of-town guests. Please contact Gail Fagerstrom, email: piperghf [at] or tel: 952 882-3582. Indicate how many people, how many beds are needed, and any special needs.
Other Activities:

  • There will be a ball practice (walk-through of the entire program) from 7:00 to 9:00pm on Friday, December 3rd at Southwest Center, 3612 Bryant Ave S in Minneapolis.
  • There be a ball practice (dance-through of selected dances from the program) from 10am to 12:30pm on Saturday, December 4th at Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave S in Minneapolis.
  • There will be a potluck"after-glow" party, at the home of Amy and Dean Muldoon in south Minneapolis. Directions will be available at the ball.
For Further Information: Contact the Ball Chair, Jerry Corwin: pros_parts [at]


»Download a PDF version of the dance instructions

St Bernard's Waltz W  
The Merry Reapers 24 J 3C RSCDS Graded
Largo Law 32 S 3C MMM 1
Corn Rigs 32 R 2C RSCDS 4
Well Done Jack 32 J 3C RSCDS 29
Princess Royal 28 R 3C RSCDS 2
Balmoral Strathspey 32 S 4C RSCDS 22
Mrs MacLeod 32 R 3C RSCDS 6
Kendall's Hornpipe 32 J 2C RSCDS Graded
Lady Glasgow 32 S 3C MMM 1
Eightsome Reel 464 R 4C sq RSCDS 2
Society Piper 32 R 3C Goldring/10 Social Dances
Charles Stuart 32 S 3C MMM 1
Deil Amang the Tailors 32 R 3C RSCDS 5

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.

The Merry Reapers
8x24 J 3C RSCDS Graded
1-8 1C cast off 2 places, lead up to the top, cast off to 2nd place.
9-16 2C, 1C, 3C circle 6 hands round and back.
17-24 All turn by the RH; Turn by the LH.

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.

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.

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.

Princess Royal
8x28 R  3C RSCDS 2
1-8 1C dance the petronella figure, finishing in 2nd place on partner's side of the set. 2C step up on bars 3-4.
9-16 2C, 1C, 3C six hand round and back.
17-20 retaining hands on the sidelines, 2C, 1C, 3C advance and retire.
21-22 1C cross back to own sides.
23-24 On sidelines, all clap 1, 2, 3; 1,2,3.
25-28 The three men and the three women circle three hands round to the left

Balmoral Strathspey
4x32 S  4C RSCDS 22
1-8 Top 2 couples (1C, 2C) and bottom 2 couples (3C, 4C) dance Rights and Lefts
9-16 Top 2 couples and bottom 2 couples set, dance RH across halfway, set, cross RH
17-24 Reels of 4 on the sides, 2C finishing in 1st place, others finishing in the middle ready for . . .
25-32 Bottom 3 couples (1C, 4C, 3C) dance the Allemande to finish 2C, 3C, 4C, 1C.

Mrs. MacLeod
8x32 R  3C RSCDS 6
1-8 1C and 2C RH across and LH back
9-16 1C down the middle and up to face 1st corners.
17-24 1C set to and turn corners
25-32 1C dance 6-bar LS reels of 3 with corners, crossing RH to own sides on bars 31-32

Kendall's Hornpipe
8x32 J 2C RSCDS Graded
1-8 1C and 2C dance RIGHTS AND LEFTS.
9-16 1C LEAD DOWN the middle for 3 bars, UP for 3 bars, CROSS and CAST to 2nd place on opposite sides.
17-24 2C and 1C dance a LADIES' CHAIN.
25-32 2C and 1C ADVANCE AND RETIRE. 1C TURN RH 1 1/2 to own sides.

Lady Glasgow
8x32 S 3C MMM I
1-8 1C, 2C, & 3C set and cross RH, set and cross back, staying in the middle for
9-16 3-couple promenade
17-24 1C set, cast to 2nd place, and dance back-to-back.
25-32 All dance 6 hand round and back.

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.

Society Piper
8x32 R 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.

Charles Stuart
8x32 S  3C MMM 1
1-8 1C set, cross RH, cast 2 places and lead up the middle to original places
9-16 1C down for 3, up for 3 and cast to face 1st corners
17-24 1C turn corner, partner, corner, partner to finish on own sides in 2nd place.
25-32 All advance (1 bar) and retire (1 bar) twice; Turn partner BH.

De'il Amang the Tailors
8x32 R 3C RSCDS 14
1-4 1C and 2C set and dance right hands across halfway.
5-8 1C and 2C set and dance left hands across back to original places.
9-16 1C lead down the middle and up.
17-24 1C and 2C allemande..
29-32 2C, 1C, 3C circle six hands round and back.

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