the dances to know for the Ball…
The Dashing White Sergeant
The Gay Gordons
Duke of Perth Country Dance
Reel of the 51st Division
Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh
Inverness Country Dance
Canadian Barn Dance
Strip The Willow
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Ceilidh: The Gaelic word for an informal dance at which there is Scottish dancing or storytelling.
To Set: Facing each other each dancer takes 3 steps to the Right, then 3 steps to the Left. Then claps. Lady puts hands out straight at her waist level ("Barbie hands"), Gentleman crosses his right hand over left and grabs her hands securely, then turns her. This is a standard Set. Any variations will be specifically mentioned.
Up and Down: When a direction calls for you to go up or down, it is in relation to the placement of the band. Up is towards the band, and Down is away from the band.
Corners: Your corners are the 4 people you will be dancing with for a particular section of the Reel. The Lady will usually dance with the 2 Gentleman Corners, starting on her right (or Up), and her partner will dance with the two Lady Corners, starting on his right (or Down.) Ladies always go up (Skirts up), Gentlemen always go down (Trousers down.)
Figure of 8: Trace a figure of 8 on the floor, weaving around each oncoming dancer. This is almost always a move for 3 people. It will be initiated by one member of the active couple, plus the 2 Corners He/She just danced with. The person initiating (Active) always starts Left shoulder to Left shoulder.
Bollards: Similar to a Figure of 8 but only the Active couple weaves in between the other dancers, who stand still. (The inactive dancers are the Bollards.)