BROKEN CHAIN

 

a figure used in the dance “On Sylvan Lake”

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

1-3 Broken Chain (See FIGs 1 & 2 )

 

1 – 2     1st and 3rd couples change places across the set right hand,

3 – 4     1st and 3rd couples change places left hand with the person in the ‘new’ corner position;

5 –16    1st and 3rd couples repeat bars 1-4 three times to return to original places (FIG 1);

            WHILE

1 - 16   2nd and 4th couples dance a Grand Chain, two bars to each hand (FIG 2).

 

 

2-4 Broken Chain (See FIGs 1 & 2 )

 

1 – 2     2nd and 4th couples change places across the set right hand,

3 – 4     2nd and 4th couples change places left hand with the person in the ‘new’ corner position;

5 –16    2nd and 4th couples repeat bars 1-4 three times to return to original places (FIG 1);

            WHILE

1 - 16   1st and 3rd couples dance a Grand Chain, two bars to each hand (FIG 2).

 

FIG 1      shows the track of the men “breaking” the chain.

               The women “breaking” the chain travel the same track in the opposite direction.

FIG 2      shows the track of the men dancing the grand chain.

               The women travel the same track in the opposite direction.

 

                                                                                                                                          Moira Turner: May, 2004

 

 

 

DOUBLE SLIDE POUSSETTE RIGHT ROUND

 

a figure devised for the dance “The Wee Lassie fae Gourock” (S)

 

 

This figure takes 8 bars to execute, involves 4 couples and uses 8 strathspey setting steps.

3rd and 4th couples begin on opposite sides.

Dancers end in square formation with a new partner.

 

Bars

1-2          1st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple dance the first 2 bars of a poussette right round.  Because 3rd and 4th couples begin on opposite sides, their poussette is inverted.  At the end of bar 2, 1st & 4th couples release hands with partner.

3             1st and 4th men continue to dance a poussette right round - alone                              

               WHILE

               1st and 4th women pass one another face to face and pull back right shoulder to replace one another in the other poussette – each one joining hands with the other’s partner at the end of the bar.

3                      1st man turns 4th woman with two hands into the diagonal line with 2nd couple

               WHILE

               4th man turns 1st woman with two hands into the diagonal line with 3rd couple.

5-7          All 4 couples dance bars 5-7 of a poussette right round.

8                      2nd and 3rd couples retire

               WHILE

               1st and 4th men (with new partners) make an extra half turn with two hands and remain in the center facing down (1st man and 4th woman) and up (4th man and 1st woman) to form a square set.

 

Notes:       2nd and 3rd couples have also changed partners.

                   1st and 4th couples finish slightly inside and 2nd and 4th couples slightly outside the set.

 

                                                                                           Moira Turner: March, 2005

 

 

 

DOUBLY COVALENT REELS OF FOUR

 

a figure mentioned (but not specifically defined) in the dance “Covalence” (R)

 

This figure takes 12 bars to complete, involves 4 couples and uses 12 travelling steps.

The formation begins with all four couples on the sides, facing alternately down and up the set.

Only the movements that are non-traditional to parallel reels of four are mentioned here.


 

 

FIG. 1

 

1M              1W

 

2M              2W

 

3M              3W

 

4M              4W

 

Beginning bar 1

FIG. 2

 

       2M         1M

 

                  

2W 4M     1W 3M

                  

 

4W           3W

 

End bar 2

FIG. 3

 

4M              2M

 

4W              2W

 

3M              1M

 

3W              1W

 

End bar 4

FIG. 4

 

      4 W         4M

 

                  

2W 3W     2M 3M

                  

 

1W           1M

 

End bar 6

FIG. 5

 

3W              4W

 

1W              2W

 

3M              4M

 

1M              2M

 

End bar 8

FIG. 6

 

       1W         3W

 

                  

2W 1M     4W 3M

                  

 

2M           4M

 

End bar 10

FIG. 7

 

1M              1W

 

2M              2W

 

3M              3W

 

4M              4W

 

End bar 12

 

Bar

1      1st man and 2nd woman, also 3rd man and 4th woman, half turn left hand to replace one another in the opposite parallel reel.  (FIG. 1)

3       2nd man and 3rd man, also 2nd woman and 3rd woman, half turn left hand to replace one another in the opposite parallel reel.  (FIG. 2)

5       4th man and 2nd woman, also 3rd man and 1st woman, half turn left hand to replace one another in the opposite parallel reel.  (FIG. 3)

7       4th woman and 3rd man, also 2nd woman and 1st man, half turn left hand to replace one another in the opposite parallel reel.  (FIG. 4)

9       3rd woman and 2nd woman, also 3rd man and 2nd man, half turn left hand to replace one another in the opposite parallel reel.  (FIG. 5)

11     1st woman and 3rd man, also 2nd woman and 4th man, half turn left hand to replace one another in the opposite parallel reel.  (FIG. 6)

 

Note: As this formation was not defined in Covalence, the figure above might be an adaptation of the deviser’s original intent.

 

                                                                                               Timothy Conrow: 1992

 

 

 

HEART TO HEART

 

a figure used in the set of dances

 

Corriejukit (R), The Silver Thistle Ball (S), Hearts at Tynecastle (J)

 

This figure takes 8 bars to execute and uses 8 travelling steps.

1st couple begins from 2nd place in their own sideline.

 

1 - 4         First corner “Left Shoulder Pass & Turn” from the sideline. (See below.)

               In quick time, 1st couple finish left shoulder to left shoulder on the 2nd corner diagonal on bar 4 and pull back right shoulder at the end of the bar to finish back to back facing 2nd corners.

               In strathspey time, 1st couple dance a quick left hand turn on bar 4 to finish on the 2nd corner diagonal facing 2nd corners.

           

5 - 8         Second corner “Left Shoulder Pass & Turn,” 1st couple passing left shoulder (no hands) to 2nd place on their own sides on bar 8.

 

Note: The dancing couple describes a floor pattern of two interlocking hearts as they execute this figure.

 

                                                                                        Moira Turner: February, 2004

 

 

 

LEFT SHOULDER PASS AND TURN

 

a figure used in the formation “Heart to Heart

 

This figure takes 4 bars to execute and uses 4 travelling steps.

 

Bars 1 – 2 1st couple curve around to the corner position, passing their corner by the LEFT.

Bar 3 1st couple continue to curve to the LEFT and dance in, again passing their corner by the LEFT.

Bar 4 1st couple dance as specified in the individual dance.

 

MEANWHILE

 

Bar 1 The corners dance towards one another, each passing one of the dancing couple by the LEFT.

Bar 2 The corners turn one another by the LEFT to face their own starting positions.

Bar 3 The corners dance out towards their starting positions, again passing dancing couple by the LEFT.

Bar 4 The corners curve round by the LEFT into place.

 

                            A variation on the figure “Pass and Turn” by John Drewry (See RSCDS Book 38 #7)

 

                                                                                       Moira Turner: February, 2004

 

 

 

PICK-UP / DROP-OFF CHAIN

 

a figure used in the dance “The Prodigies of Prequel”                                                                                              

 

A progressive grand chain for three couples.  Starting positions may vary.   This description begins with all three couples in original places in a longwise set.

 

Steps: 12 travelling steps

 

No of bars: 12

 

1-2       1st couple, giving right hands, change places.

3-4       1st couple, giving left hands to 2nd couple on the sideline, change places.

5-6       2nd couple, giving right hands, change places across the dance in first place.

            At the same time, 1st couple, giving right hand to 3rd couple on the sideline, change places.

7-8       2nd couple, giving left hand to 3rd couple on the sideline, change places.

            At the same time, 1st couple, giving left hands, change places across the dance in third place.

9-10     2nd couple, giving left hand to 1st couple on the sideline, change places.

11-12    2nd couple, giving left hands, change places across the dance in third place.

 

Note: 3rd man on bar 8 and 1st woman on bar 10 pull back by the left (polite turn)

 

                                             A variation on the figure Pick-up Chain (See RSCDS Manual 6.7.12)

 

                                                                                         Moira Turner: August, 2014

 

 

 

RIGHTS & LEFTS for Four Couples

 

a figure used in the dances “Song of the Saltire” and “Catch that Catch Can

 

 

This formation takes 16 bars to execute and uses 16 travelling steps.

The formation begins with all four couples on the sidelines facing their partners across the set.

 

1 – 2        All 4 couples, giving right hand to partner, cross over to change sides.

3 – 4        1st man & 3rd woman, also 2nd man & 4th woman, giving left hand, change places diagonally.

               1st woman & 2nd woman, also 3rd man & 4th man, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

5 – 6        All 4 couples giving right hand, cross over to change sides.

7 – 8        2nd woman & 4th man, also 1st woman & 3rd man, giving left hands, change places diagonally.

               3rd woman & 4th woman, also 1st man & 2nd man, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

9 – 10      All 4 couples giving right hand, cross over to change sides.

11 – 12    4th woman & 2nd man, also 3rd woman & 1st man, giving left hand, change places diagonally.

               4th man & 3rd man, also 2nd woman & 1st woman, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

13 – 14 All 4 couples giving right hand, cross over to change sides.

15 – 16    3rd man & 1st woman, also 4th man & 2nd woman, giving left hand, change places diagonally.

               2nd man & 1st man, also 4th woman & 3rd woman, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                              Moira Turner: November, 2004

 

ALTERNATIVELY STATED:

 

1 – 2        All 4 couples, giving right hand to partner, cross over to change sides.

3 – 4        Standard 1st woman & 3rd man positions, also standard 2nd woman & 4th man positions, giving left hand, change places diagonally.

               At the same time, standard 1st man & 2nd man positions, also standard 3rd woman & 4th woman positions, giving left hand, change places on the sideline.

5 – 16      Repeat bars 1 – 4 three times more until back in starting positions.

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                              Moira Turner: November, 2004

 

 

 

SET AND LINK AROUND for Three Couples

 

a figure used in the dance “Auberge Willow Place Inn

 

This formation takes 4 bars to execute and uses 2 setting steps and 2 travelling steps.

Dancers begin in the sideline facing their partners.

In the description below, dancers begin in the order 1, 2, 3 and finish in the order 3, 2, 1.

 

1-2          1st, 2nd  and 3rd couples, with nearer hands joined, set.

3-4          1st man and 3rd woman (at the left end of the lines) dance to the right end of the line and curve round to the right into place; 3rd woman finishes in 1st place, while 1st man finishes in 3rd place.

 

At the same time:

 

3-4          2nd couple (in the middle of the lines of three) continue to set.

 

At the same time:

 

3-4          1st woman and 3rd man (at the right end of the lines) pull back by the right and cast clockwise to the left end of the line.  3rd man finishes in 1st place, while 1st woman finishes in 3rd place.

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                       Moira Turner: June, 2005