Thankfully, a mistake in the dance Shortness of Breath has been noted by
an observant teacher. My apologies to those who may have struggled with this
dance trying to make it work with those directions. Unfortunately I inverted
some of the dancers in my directions. The following is the corrected version:
Shortness of Breath
32 bar Jig for 3 couples - 2002
1-4 1st couple turn by the right hand once round and cast off one place. 2nd
couple step up on bars 3 & 4.
5-8 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance a set and link for three, slightly
9-16 1st couple dance a left shoulder reel of three on their own sides
(Fig. 1, page 45). 1st man starts passing left with 3rd man’s position, while1st
woman starts passing left with 2nd woman’s position. 1st couple finish on the
ends of the set and slightly in the set, where the reel began.
17-20 1st couple cross by the left hand, dancing out the ends of the set
and cast left round first corner positions. End in second place opposite sides.
21-24 All set and link for three, slightly modified.
25-32 1st couple dance left shoulder reel of three on the opposite sides of
the dance (Fig. 2, page 45). 1st man passing left with 2nd woman, while 1st
woman passes left with 3rd man. 1st couple finish passing by the right and
dancing into second place, on their own sides. Repeat, having passed a couple.
Dance Notes: On the modified set and link for 3, the person on the left of
the line at the beginning dances into the opposite end but pulls back left
shoulder rather than curling into place pulling back right shoulder. This will
facilitate a smooth entry into the reels. Making the reels fatter rather than long
will help. At the end, 1st couple can flow right into the turn by the right
hand turn and not go to sidelines.
Note: I was a firefighter for 28 years, and many of my duties were of a
medical nature. One day, as my partner was relaying information about a patient’s
condition to the medic, the husband overheard him and was upset about the
choice of words. He demanded, "Did that guy just call my wife an SOB?" I explained
that SOB was a term we used for "shortness of breath" (it was hard to keep a
straight face and say that!). I felt this dance was energetic enough to give it
the title Shortness of Breath.