RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 15th Annual Fàilte Ball

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Previous Fàilte Balls: 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010
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. All dances will have been taught at Monday night classes in October and November. 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.

*PLEASE NOTE: Although we consider this event to be "beginner-friendly," we do strongly recommend that dancers have some previous exposure to Scottish country dancing (a few classes at least) and familiarity with the terminology. Please contact us at info [at] if you have any questions about your ability to participate.

»Download 2011 Failte Ball Flyer/Registration Form (PDF)

»Download print-friendly dance notes (PDF)

Place: Triune Masonic Hall
1898 Iglehart, St. Paul, MN
(on the corner of Iglehart and Howell)
 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, send a check made out to RSCDS Twin Cities Branch to to Tom Harries, 10520 Beard Avenue S, Bloomington, MN 55431, along with the name(s) of the attendees, type of ticket needed (regular, first-timer/student, or non-dancer) and contact information. Please also indicate whether you need hospitality. 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.
Other Activities:

  • There will be a ball practice (walk-through of the entire program) from 7:00 to 9:00pm on Friday, December 2nd at Southwest Center, 3612 Bryant Ave S in Minneapolis.
  • There be a ball practice (dance-through of selected dances from the program) from 10:30am to 1pm on Saturday, December 3rd at Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave S in Minneapolis.
  • There will be a potluck"after-glow" party, at the home of Hannah Wells in St. Paul. 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

Gay Gordon's March  
Alyth Promenade 32 J 3C Variation of Goldring
Light on the Water 32 S 3C Let's All Dance
Petronella 32 R 2C RSCDS 1
Ferry Louper 32 J 3C Goldring/24 Graded & Social
Reeling in the Annex 32 S 2C Tang Leaflet
Catch the Wind 32 H 3C RSCDS 45
Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel 32 J 3C RSCDS Graded
12 Coates Crescent 32 S 4C RSCDS 40
Barmkin 88 R 4C sq RSCDS Graded 2
Delvine Side 32 S 3C RSCDS 2
Barley Bree 32 J 3C RSCDS 13
Sleepy Maggie 32 R 3C RSCDS 11

Gay Gordons
16 March (couple dance)
1-4 In allemande hold, walk forward four steps CCW around the circle. Turn and face the other direction and walk backwards (CCW)four steps.
5-8 Repeat bars 1-4 going CW.
9-12 Woman turns under the manís arm while the couple continues to move around the circle.
13-16 Polka, moving around the circle.

Alyth Promenade
8x32 J 3C variation of Goldring's Ayr Promenade
1-4 1W, 2W, 3W dance around partner and back to place, passing them by the right shoulder.
5-8 All turn partner RH.
9-12 1M, 2M 3M repeat bar 1-4.
13-16 All repeat bars 5-8, finishing in the center, facing up.
17-24 All dance a 3-couple promenade.
29-32 1C cross RH, cast to 2nd place, and turn RH 1 1/2.

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).

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.

The Ferry Louper
8x32 J 3C Goldring/24 Graded & Social
1-8 1C, 2C, 3C chase CW once round.
9-16 1C, 2C RH across, LH across back to places
17-24 1C cast down 2 places, dance up 2 places and cast to 2nd place (2C step up on bars 7-8)
25-32 2C, 1C, 3C advance & retire; turn partner RH for 4 bars.

Reeling in the Annex
8x32 R 2C S. Tang Leaflet
1-8 1C dance towards each other and cast off behind own lines for 4 bars, cast back up to place
9-12 1C, 2C circle 4 hands round to the left
13-16 2C steps up as 1C turn BH; all set in a line of 4, 1C advancing to pass each other LS
17-24 Reel of 4 across
25-28 All set to the person they are facing; mirror turns, RH on women's side, LH on men's side to finish finish 1C in 2nd place
29-32 1C half a figure of 8 up around 2C

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.

Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel
8x32 J 2C RSCDS Graded
1-8 1C lead down the middle and up, finishing ready for an allemande.
9-16 1C & 2C allemande.
17-24 1C dance a figure of eight round 2C
25-32 1C & 2C four hands round and back.

12 Coates Crescent
4x32 S 4C RSCDS 40
1-4 All set to partners and cross over giving RH.
5-8 Repeat bars 1-4.
9-10 1C give nearer hands and dance down between 2C. At the same time, 4C give nearer hands and dance up between 3C.
11-12 1W and 4W give nearer hands and dance the ladiesí side and cast back to original places while 1M and 4M give nearer hands and dance out the menís side and dance back to original places.
13-16 1C lead down to 4th place (2C, 3C, & 4C step up).
17-24 3C and 4C (middles) dance rights and lefts.
25-32 2C with 3C (top two couples) , 4C with 1C (bottom two couples) dance right hands across and left hands back.

The Barmkin
1x88 R 4C sq RSCDS Graded 2
1-4 1C,3C turn RH and face CW
4-8 1C,3C chase CW halfway around the set to opposite places
9-16 3C,1C RH across and LH across back to "exchanged" places
17-32 2C, 4C repeat bars 1-16.
33-40 1C,3C turn LH and face CCW ; chase CCW halfway round set to original places
41-48 1C & 3C rights & lefts.
49-64 2C, 4C repeat bars 33-48.
65-68 All advance NH joined with partner and retire "diagonally" NHJ with corner
69-72 All women dance CW around their corner
73-76 All advance "diagonally" NH joined with corner and NHJ with partner
77-80 All men dance CW around their partner
81-88 All circle 8 hands round and back

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.

Barley Bree
4x40 J 4C  set RSCDS 13
1-8 All advance and retire. Women dance under men's arches to change places with partner.
9-16 Repeat to end in original places, women making the arches.
17-20 1C turn RH 1 1/2 , moving down to end between 2C.
21-24 1M turn 2W LH while 1W turns 2M LH (2 bars). 1C turn RH.
25-32 1M turn 3W LH while 1W turns 3M LH (2 bars). 1C turn RH.

1M turn 4W LH while 1W turn 4M LH. 1C turn RH to own sides and form an arch.

33-40 2C, followed by 3C and 4C cast off and dance down to the bottom of the set, join partner and dance up through the arch made by 1C to the top, ending in the order 2C, 3C, 4C, 1C.

Sleepy Maggie
8x32 R 3C RSCDS 11
1-4 1C and 2C circle 4 hands round to left
5-8 1C set and cast off 1 place (2C step up)
9-16 1C and 3C dance RH across and LH back, 1C finishing facing 1st corner
17-24 Set to and turn corners
25-32 Six-bar reels of 3 on the sides, 1C giving LS to 1st corner to begin. 1C cross RH on last 2 bars

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