Dance Borders Traditional 16789

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

Devised by
Rod Downey (2014)
880/880/888/844 = 50% (whole dance)
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change
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Notes from The Johnsonville Collection ...

Notes from The Johnsonville Collection:

Devised 6 April, 2014 following a suggestion by Pat Reesby and Desiree Patterson that I devise a dance based upon the Borders’ Poussette; or possibly, my (mis-)interpretation of the instructions for the Borders’ Poussette. I only learned of this figure from the old book A Complete Guide to Scottish Country Dancing by Allie Anderson and John Duthie (McDougall’s Educational Co, Ltd), where it is called “Poussette Second Form” (pages 30-31). Apparently at the time of the writing of this old edition, this method of dancing the poussette was danced in the South-East Borders Counties. The instructions for bars 6-8 say to quarter turn, hesitate, turn and retire. On reconsideration (as pointed out by Iain Boyd) likely this means continue to turn, and then retire. However, I like the mis-interpretation and kept it for that reason.

Recommended music is “The Daggs of Craighouse” by Moira Reekie played ABAB, this being the lead tune for “A Tribute to the Borders.” Good recordings include the ones on “Music for Leaflet Dances Vol. 2” by Neil Copland and his Scottish Dance Band, and on “Dancing Live” by The Muriel Johnstone Trio.

Borders Traditional 3/4L · J32

1c+2c set | cross RH ; set | cross LH, finishing BHJ with P for (1,2,3)
1c+2c Borders' Poussette (all PdB): dance 5 bars of normal Poussette (M start on R foot), turn P BH ¼ to midline{1} | 2c+1c cast R to own sides [like end of DTr] to (2,1,3), 1c facing out
Reels3 on the sides, 1c start Rsh to 3cnr, with loops at end (2,1,3)
1c+2cnrs L hand Cnrs Pass and Turn, 1c pass Lsh to face 1cnrs ; 1c+2cnrs repeat, 1c pass Lsh to (2,1,3)

Borders Traditional 3/4L · J32

1s+2s set, cross RH; set & cross LH to finish facing partner 2H joined ready for …
1s+2s dance »Borders Poussette«:
9-13 Normal poussette (all PdeB, Men start Right foot)
14 1s+2s 1/4 turn into line up/down centre (2L 2M 1L 1M)
15-16 1s+2s pull back RSh & cast to own sides, 1s face out
RSh reels of 3 on sides, 1M up (RSh to 2M) 1L down (RSh to 3L), corners dance loops at end, 1s face 2nd corners
1s+2nd corners dance LH Corner Pass+Turn (1s pass corners LSh, corner turn LH); 1s pass LSh to face 1st corners, 1s+1st corners dance LH Corner Pass+Turn, 1s pass LSh to 2nd place own side. End 2 1 3

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Martina Mueller-Franz
Added on: Feb. 6, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Quality: Reasonable

NameDateOwnerLast changed
Richmond Caledonian, 9th October 2019-10-09 Annette Hughes Sept. 17, 2019, 7:07 p.m.

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