Dances in a square set

Rod Downey

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Hi all,

One I have used many time for beginners around week 2 or 3
is the Illabo Rant by Shiela Gradon. It is not exactly
88 bars but 64 bars (R) done twice.
It is from the very nice collection ``Beyond the Black Stump''

1-8 8 hands round and back

9-12 Head couples (ie 1' and 3's) take both hands and slip past each other
(travelling towards and past the other couples place) men's backs passing.

13-16 Return to place this time the women's backs pass.

17-24 Side couples repeat.

25-32 Ladies dance 4 hands across and back and finish facing corners.

33-36 Ladies turn corners with right hands and finish facing partners

37-40 Ladies turn partner with left hands.

41-48 Men dance 4 hands across and back and finish facing parters.

49-64 half grand chain with claps. in two bars pass partner with right
hand, stop
and clap on the first beat of the next two bars
pass the next person with left hand (2) and clap (2) etc.
You will meet your partner on bar 62, half way round the circle.

repeat from the new position.

as the dancers get better you can substitute (as Shiela suggests)
pas de basque for the claps.
I often do this when teaching pas de basque, having done it with claps
earlier.

I use ``The Reverend John MacFarlane'' or
``The Shetland Fiddler'' as both tunes suit the dance.

later you can also do the last half grand chain with only one bar per hand
and no pas de basque and then use a tulloch turn etc as we do in the
eigthsome.

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