Here's a dance I tried with Dunedin last night. It was a shambles,
partly because I tried it too late in the evening and didn't really have
time to teach it properly, and partly because not enough people were
familiar with set and rotate, but I think the dance itself is fine.
Anyway, let me know what you think if you try it.
The Inside-oot Fish Eater 4x32R Ian Brockbank
1-8 1s and 2s, and 3s and 4s dance set and rotate to change places:
1-2 All set
3-4 All cast one place clockwise round the small square of
5-6 All change places RH with partners on the side
7-8 All chase one further place clockwise around the small
9-16 All dances reels of four on the sides. 1s and 4s don't finish
the reel but instead curve in on the last bar to join LH in the
center and RH with corners in a St. Andrews cross formation.
17-24 1s and 4s dance a double spoke:
17-18 set balancing with corner and set advancing (ACW) to
RH with next corner (still LH joined in wheel).
19-24 Repeat three more times to return to position at start
25-28 Set to corners (i.e. 4M to 2M, 4L to 2L, 1M to 3M, 1L to 2L)
and turn them with the hand which takes the dancing couples
out through the ends (RH for 4L/2L and 1M/3M, LH for 4M/2M
29-32 4s and 1s turn or spin RH.
Tune: The Inside-oot Fish Eater (Peter Wood)
The Inside-oot Fish Eater was written by Peter Wood for Lindsay Weir,
who sometimes dances with Dunedin Dancers. Lindsay used to play
accordion with Peter, and apparently has a distinctive way of eating a
fish supper. So Peter wrote this tune to celebrate it.
This dance grew out of another dance (yet to be released) - I realised
that with set and rotate at the start of the dance, the other dance
would be too hectic and energetic to be fun, so I simplified the start
in order to give the dancing couples from the previous time through 8
bars rest before they have to wake up again. However, I liked the set
and rotate into reels of four, so I had to write a dance which used