Dance The Amethyst 10532

See also: Amethyst (4/4L, Boehmer: Cameo 6)

Strathspey · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 213)

Devised by
Brian Charlton (1999)
880/800/844/888 = 50% (whole dance)
  • Strathspey travel
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Extra info
At the 24th Australian Winter ...

At the 24th Australian Winter School in Perth in September/October 1999 I was in the Nullagine Class. Derek Haynes taught his dance “Black Donald” which has the figure Allemande Right and Allemande Left, which is described in the dance “Not I”, R.S.C.D.S. Book 28. I like this figure and other dances, “The Peterhead Lassies” by Roy Goldring and “The Bluebells of Scotland” by Iain Boyd, which contain it. It occurred to me that I did not know of any strathspey containing the figure (although Alastair McFadyen in New Zealand had taught a version of Sandy o'er the Lea with that figure from an old book). This was the inspiration for the dance. To the Allemande figure, I have added other of my favourite strathspey movements - the progression, dancing through the ends and the hands across flowing into right hand turns.

Nullagine is a town in Western Australia which is famous for its amethyst production. We were pleased to learn that amethyst is said to protect from intoxication!

The Amethyst 3/4L · S32

1c+2c ½ R&L ; set | cross RH (2,1,3)
1c dance up, cast round 2c to 2pl ; dance down, cast round 3c to 2pl (2,1,3)
1c+1cnrs Allemande Turn R ; 1c+2cnrs Allemande Turn L (2,1,3)
1W+2c & 1M+3c RHA ; all turn P RH (2,1,3)

The Amethyst 3/4L · S32

1s+2s dance 1/2 R&L. 2s+1s set, cross RH
1s dance up between 2s, cast to 2nd place, meet, dance down & cast up round 3s to 2nd place own side
1s+1st corners »Allemande Right«: 1s advance 2 steps, give RH to corner, Lady turns Right about under Man's arm & dances out to place as Man retire
1s+2nd corners »Allemande Left«: as bars 17-20 but giving LH and Lady turns Left about under Men's arm
RH across, 1L+2s & 1M+3s. 2s+1s+3s turn partners RH
NameDateOwnerLast changed
Suggestions for 2015-16 list Sue Ronald Jan. 29, 2016, 11:24 p.m.

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