The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163266   Message #3894240
Posted By: Tattie Bogle
16-Dec-17 - 05:11 PM
Thread Name: the teaching of dancing
Subject: RE: the teaching of dancing
Sid Kipper alos parodies "Lord of the Dance" with his "Bored of the Dance" - very funny, and in the DT.

Our standard list of ceilidh dances in Scotland differ a bit from your list, Steve, and that's before you get to all the many (and often more complicated) Royal Scottish Country Dance Society ones. A typical list (from which we'll not necessarily get them all in!) would include:

Gay Gordons (maybe second time in second half with different tunes)
Dashing White Sergeant
Canadian Barn Dance
Strip the Willow (4-couple version)
St Bernard's Waltz
Virginia Reel
Circassian Circle
Haymakers' Jig
Pride of Erin Waltz
Flying Scotsman (4 couple sets)
Britannia Two-Step
Eightsome Reel
Scottish/Gaelic Waltz Set
Orcadian Strip the Willow
Auld Lang Syne followed by 'We're No Awa Tae Bide Awa"

The Eightsome Reel is the one that often gets dropped because of time/teaching constraints: it takes a while to teach it to novices and is quite a long dance too. On the other hand, if we don't put it on the list it's sod's law it will get requested!

We also do Swedish Masquerade: more tricky for the band than the dancers in getting the time changes all kept together! And of family dances with kids present, Hokey Cokey and Grand Old Duke of York.