Spring Ball 2022

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The RSCDS Central Iowa Branch will sponsor its 31st Annual Ball Weekend on April 29-30, 2022! The festivities begin with a Friday night concert via Zoom of Celtic music provided by Terpsichore: pianist Liz Donaldson and fiddler Elke Baker! The spring ball will be held on Saturday night, April 30 at 7:00 pm in the Collegiate United Methodist Church Annex auditorium at 130 S. Sheldon Avenue in Ames, Iowa. Music for this small ball will be furnished by Widdershins: Annie Grieshop (piano), Gary Lieberman (winds, guitar, etc), Linda Lieberman (whistles, clarinet, drum), and special guest Peggy Garrigues (fiddle).

We are requiring masks and COVID-19 vaccinations for all attendees. Thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe! There will not be a separate walk-through of the dances during the afternoon. Volunteers will walk and talk-though each dance at the ball itself.

The recommended donation at the door will be $20-$30; we will not supply a registration form to be sent through the mails. Thank you for helping to pay for our musicians, the hall, and other expenses. We will not have a sit-down dinner before the dance this year. We hope to provide an assortment of desserts and snacks during the ball. Please bring finger food to share.

DanceType Key Source
Grand MarchNULLNULLNULL
Waltzing to Iowa32 W mixCD Schneider
Trip to Gretna Green32J3CMus choiceCol. 1988
Catch the Wind32R3CGRSCDS 45
Lady Auckland’s Reel 32S2C BbRSCDS 18
The Wild Geese32J3CARSCDS 24
Delvine Side32S3CEm/BmRSCDS 2
The Highland Rambler40R3CMus choiceGoldring
BREAK   
Shiftin’ Bobbins 32R3CGClowes Ormskirk
Kendall’s Hornpipe 32J3CDRSCDS Grad.
The Silver Tassie32S3CBbDrewry Bon A
The Sailor 32R3CGRSCDS 24
MacDonald of the Isles32S3C SETDD. Haynes
Pelorus Jack 32J3CFRSCDS 41
The De’il Amang the Tailors32R3CARSCDS 14

WALTZING TO IOWA Waltz 32 1C Circle  W to R of Partner, big circle, face center, NHJ
Wee Hoose on the Prairie
1-8 All couples ADV for 2, RET for 2; turn towards part to face out; ADV for 2, RET for 2; face partner.
9-16 RS round each other back to place, maintaining eye contact,  TURN by the R back to place;
17-20 Keep partner’s R hand, join LH w/neighbor (one big circle, M facing in, W facing out); All BALANCE R,         BALANCE L. 1/2 TURN with neighbor by the LH.
21-24 Keep neighbor’s L H, join R H w/new neighbor: one big circle, M facing out, W in. BALANCE R and L. 1/2 TURN      with neighbor by the L, to face partner;
25-32 Dance BACK-TO-BACK with partner; pass partner by the R and TURN new partner BH to face center NHJ

TRIP TO GRETNA GREEN (J8x32) 3C (4C set)

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret 
9-16 1s cross LH and 1L casts up to end between 2s while 1M casts down to end between 3s and 2s+1s+3s Adv&Ret 
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 across (RSh to person on right) and end facing 1st corners 
25-32 1s turn 1st corners RH, passing RSh turn 2nd corner RH and pass RSh to 2nd places own sides

CATCH THE WIND (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Romaine Butterfield RSCDS Book 45

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s 
9-16 1s set twice with 1L pulling back RSh on bars 11-12 to face out, 1L followed by partner casts up and dances down the middle 1L to face 3M while 1M faces 2M 
17-24 1s RSh reels of 3 across (1M with 2s and 1L with 3s) 
25-32 1L followed by partner dances down cast up round 3M and crosses to end in 2nd place on own sides, 1s turn RH (4 bars)

LADY AUCKLAND’S REEL (S8x32) 2C (4C set) William Campbell RSCDS Book 18

1- 8 1L+2L dance between partners and cast into centre, turn 2H and 1s+2s turn partners 2H 
9-16 1M+2M repeat above Fig 
17-24 1s lead down and back to top 
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

THE WILD GEESE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8 1s+3s set advancing and Balance-in-Line (Man above Lady), turn partners RH and 1s cast to 3rd place while 3s lead up to 1st place 
9-16 3s+1s set advancing and Balance-in-Line (Man above Lady), turn partners RH and 3s cast to 3rd place while 1s lead up to 1st place 
17-24 1s lead down and back to 2nd place 
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L. 213

DELVINE SIDE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) William Campbell RSCDS Book 2

1- 8 1s+2s set and cross passing RSh, set and cross back passing RSh 
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back for Allemande 
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande 1s end facing 1st corners 
25-32 1s turn 1st corner 2H, pass partner RSh, turn 2nd corner 2H and cross passing RSh to 2nd place on own sides

THE HIGHLAND RAMBLER (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring Leeds Silver Jubilee 1987

1- 8 1s dance in and cast to 2nd place, dance RH across with 3s 
9-16 2s+1s dance LH across, 1L followed by partner cast up round 2L and dance down middle to 1L between 3s and 1M between 2s 
17-24 1s+2s+3s dance down the middle and back 
25-32 1M followed by partner dance up, cast down round 2L to 2nd places on own side and turn RH 
33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

BREAK

SHIFTIN’ BOBBINS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Clowes Ormskirk 6

1- 8 1s cross RH to double triangle position with 2s+3s and set, 1s cast up to top and dance down until they are between 2s and 3s 
9-16 1L dances RH across with 2M+3M while 1M dances LH across with 2L+3L, 1s followed by 2s+3s dance down centre 
17-24 3s followed by 2s+1s dance up and 3s+2s cast down to places, 1L dances LH across with 2M+3M while 1M dances RH across with 2L+3L 
25-32 1s dance up to top and cast down to 2nd place opposite side, 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 around 2s to end in 2nd place on own sides. 213

KENDALL’S HORNPIPE (J8x32) 2C (4C set) Book of Graded SCDs

1- 8 1s+2s dance R&L 
9-16 1s lead down for 3, up for 3, cross over and cast down to 2nd place 
17-24 2s+1s dance Ladies’ Chain 
25-32 2s+1s Adv&Ret, 1s turn RH 1½ times

THE SILVER TASSIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Bon Accord Book

1- 8 1s+2s+3s cross RH and set, cross back RH and set 
9-16 1s and 3s dance double Fig of 8 round 2s (3s casting) 
17-24 1s followed by 2s+3s dance down, 1s followed by 2s+3s (who part to let 1s through) dance back to top 
25-32 1s+2s dance the Rondel. 213

THE SAILOR (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8   1s cross down RH to face out between 2s and 3s giving hands to each corner and set, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s and 2s+1s+3s set 
9-16  1s (turning to right) dance RSh reels of 3 across and 1s end passing LSh to 2nd place on opposite sides 
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars and lead up, cross at the top and cast to 2nd place on own sides 
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

MACDONALD OF THE ISLES (S3x32) 3C set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 2

1- 8 2s dance full diagonal Reels of 4 with 1st corners, passing by the LSh to face 2nd corners 
9-16 2s dance full diagonal Reel of 4 with 2nd corners to end in original places 
17-24 All dance Snowball Grand Chain for 3 couples: 
 1s cross RH and change places LH on side with 2s 
 1s change places RH with 3s while 2s cross over RH 
 1s cross LH while 2s and 3s change places LH. 3(2)1 
25-32 3s+2s dance ½ R&L, 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 round end couples (3M up and 3L down) to end in 2nd places. 231

PELORUS JACK (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton RSCDS Book 41

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place (2s step up 3-4), 1s dance RH across with 3s. 1s end with Man facing his 1st corner with his partner behind him 
9-16 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 3 with 1st corners to face Man’s 2nd corner, 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel of 3 with 2nd corners 
17-24 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reels of 3 with Ladies’ 1st corner (pstn), 1s dance Alternating Tandem ½ reel with Ladies’ 2nd corner (pstn) 
25-32 1M followed by partner dance into LH across with 2s, 1s retain LH and ½ turn to own sides and 2s+1s+3s set

THE DEIL AMANG THE TAILORS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 14

1- 8 1s+2s set and dance RH across ½ way, set and dance LH across ½ way back to place 
9-16 1s lead down the middle and back to top 
17-24 1s+2s dance Allemande 
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back. 213