Mrs MacLeod is a rousing dance with great music, and certainly a viable finisher. Same with The Mason's Apron, Duke of Perth and some other dances that end with "set to and turn corners, reels of three" (which I think of as a single 16-bar figure). However, I find that nothing caps off a program for me like one of Mel Briscoe's "magic circles" (to invoke another Mel..), especially if the common practice of circling eight hands round at the very end is followed. Plus, eight bars of pas de basque can be painful at the end of a long ball program. Therefore, I tend to use dances like Mrs MacLeod and The Mason's Apron to finish the first half of a program, and circle-ending dances like De'il Amang the Tailors, Reel of the Royal Scots, etc., to end the second half. But again, this is all personal preference.
-----Original Message----- >From: Susan McKinnell <email@example.com> >Sent: Jan 23, 2008 8:42 PM >To: Lee Fuell <firstname.lastname@example.org>, SCD news and discussion <email@example.com> >Subject: Re: end dances, (was: opening jigs) > >I'va also heard that another good ending is set to and turn corners, >followed by closing reels. I recently constructed our New Year's Ball >program, using information from a workshop given by one of our Branch >teachers (Mel Whitson). One of the sources she used was Kent Smith's >article. I started the program with Machine without Horses and ended >with Mrs McLeod - a not-too difficult dance with absolutely marvelous >music, especially when Bonaparte's Retreat is included in the tune set - >*and* when you have Laura Risk and Nicholas Williams as your musicians! >Sue McKinnell (Chicago, USA) >PS Anyone who wants to see the program can find it on our website >(http://rscds-chicago.org/chi_branch/events.php).