The Thistle Turns Silver

for Barbara Benedict of Richmond, Virginia, on The Silver Anniversary of Thistle School, 2005

 

 

 

Original Tune:  ‘The Thistle Turns Silver’ (John Turner)  © Fiddletree Music, 2004.

Suggested Recording:  ‘Hoedown Reel Set’ from Scottish Dance Music by Music Makars

 

 

5 x 32R for 5 couples in a 5 couple set                                                                                                      devised by Moira Turner

 

1 – 2         2nd and 4th couples dance a petronella turn to finish back to back with partner in the centre of the dance facing original position.

3 – 4         1st, 3rd and 5th couples set turning right about to face out.

5 – 6         2nd and 4th couples set, pulling back right shoulder and remaining back to back, and turn to face partner’s original position.

7 – 8         1st, 3rd and 5th couples set turning right about to face in.

9 – 16        2nd and 4th couples turn 1st corner right hand, pass partner right shoulder, turn 2nd corner left hand and pass partner left shoulder to finish in 2nd & 4th places (resp.) in the centre of the dance on own side facing up.   (2M & 4M pull back left shoulder.)

                

                 “Triangle Progressions”  

 

17 – 18      1st couple dance down own sideline 2 places and remain facing down

                 WHILE

                 2nd couple dance diagonally out and up 1 place and face up

                 AND

                      3rd couple dance diagonally in to position just vacated by 2nd couple and face up.  (FIG. 1)

19 – 20      1st , 2nd and 3rd couples set, 2nd and 3rd couples turning right about to face down.

21 – 22      1st couple repeat bars 17 & 18 with 4th and 5th couples but to finish 4th couple face up, 5th couple face out and 1st couple face in.  (FIG. 2)

23 – 24      2nd, 3rd and 4th couples set

                 WHILE

                 5th couple dance a petronella turn to finish in own sideline, 5W facing 1W and 5M facing 1M

                 AND

                 1st couple (in 5th place) dance a petronella turn to finish with back to partner in the centre of the dance, 1W facing 5W and 1M facing 5M.  (FIG. 3)

                 ____________

 

                 “Thistle Reels”   (FIG. 4)

 

25 – 32      2nd, 3rd and 4th couples dance reels of 3 in the ‘sidelines,’ 3rd and 4th couples passing right shoulder to begin and all retaining the shape of the thistle outline shown in Fig. 4

                 WHILE

                 5th and 1st couples dance a reel of 4 on the circumference of the circle completed by 3rd and 4th couples.

                 To interlace the reels, 1st couple pass 3rd couple right shoulder on bar 2 and 5th couple pass 2nd couple right shoulder on bar 4.

                 All finish in the original sidelines. 

 

Dancers finish in the order 2, 3, 4, 5, 1 ready to repeat the dance with a new top couple.

                                                                                                                                           June, 2004


                                                                                                                                                                   

 

The Thistle Turns Silver

Devised for The Thistle School Silver Anniversary, 2005

 

 

 

 

FIG. 1:                                                                                                  FIG. 2

 

1M                             1W                                                                       2M                             2W

                                                                                                             

 

             2M   2W                                                                                                 3M   3W

 

 

3M                             3W                                                                       1M                             1W

                                                                                                             

 

             4M   4W                                                                                                 4M   4W

 

 

5M                             5W                                                                       5M                             5W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FIG. 3:                                                                                            FIG. 4:

 

2M                               2W                                                                     2M                               2W

                                                                                                             

 

             3M     3W                                                                                               3M   3W

                                                                                                                                

 

4M                               4W                                                                     4M                             4W

                                                                                                             

                                                                                                             

 

             5M     5W                                                                                  5M                             5W

 

                                                                                                                                

1M                               1W                                                                                  1M   1W