Here in Prince Edward Island, under the influence of Gerry Gray, we
have taken to doing a simple Scottish Old Time dance such as the
Veleta, Lomond Waltz, Eva Two Step or the University Waltz. This not
only warms the dancers up gently, but also has the added attraction
of including non-dancing spouses in something not too complex, and we
hope leading them to eventual expansion into regular Scottish Country
Dancers. So far, its still a pious hope!
So the ideal first SCD dance is a Jig with little or no Pas de Basque
Local (San Francisco) favourites for first dance are Hooper's Jig and
Machine Without Horses. See below for a brief list of recent first
Similar thinking *should* go into the last dance, but I'm not sure it
always does. I think that the very last dance of the evening, when
people are tired and injury prone, should be carefully chosen to
reduce risk; avoid long dances (40- or 48-bar), avoid Hello-Goodbye
setting, Double Triangles, etc., so I wouldn't like to see a program
finish with something like The Express.
We also try to end with a similar Scottish Old Time dance to cool the
dancers down as well.
R. G. (Greg) Hughes
53 Lewis Point Blvd
Charlottetown, PE C1E 1L8