Dance The Gloomy Winter 8094

See also: Gloomy Winter (3/4L, Mitchell: Whetherly 5)

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

Devised by
Ian Brockbank (1996)
800 844 844 844 = 58% (1 turn), 44% (whole dance)
  • Strathspey travel
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Comment from the deviser Ian ...

Comment from the deviser Ian Brockbank in the The Badger Sett, and in similar form in the earlier New Scottland 50th Anniversary Book:
This dance was written for Sophia Marriage and presented to her on the occasion of her 25th birthday. It was published in the New Scotland 50th Anniversary Book.

Some useful information from a discussion on the Strathspey list in July 2017:
The dance starts with 1st lady followed by her partner to cast off, finishing in 2nd place on partner's side, followed by a one and three quarters turn giving left hands.
Robb Quint asked whether the transition should be danced by the lady (a) dancing into the sidelines pulling back right shoulder to face partner or (b) pulling back left shoulder to face in and down to start the left hand turn.
Angus Henry answered that he had checked this with Ian Brockbank in 1997 when the dance was published, and Ian confirmed that the woman was intended to pull right shoulder back.

Please note, there exists a variation on this dance, named “Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa'”. Ian Brockbank came up with this modification, because (according to his statement) bars 9-16 didn’t really work when tried with New Scotland and Dunedin – they require too much careful phrasing. However, the dancers from San Gabriel Valley like the original. (For more information on the modified version see the extra information there.)

The Gloomy Winter 3/4L · S32

1W (1M follows) casts off and crosses to 2plx (2c up) ; Turn P LH 1¾ (2,1,3)
2c+1W ½ RHA while{2} 1M casts up on W side and pass 1W Lsh | 1M+2c ½ LHA while{2} 1W cast to2pl ; Repeat with 3c (1M LH, 1W RH) (2,1,3)
1c+1cnrs ½ diag Reel4, 1M passes P Rsh and follows her into ; 1c (Rsh to 3M)+2cnrs ½ diag Reel3 (3x,1,2x)
1c (Rsh to 3Wpl)+1cnrs ½ diag Reel3 ; 1c split, 1W veering R, and face 2cnr pos, 1c+2cnrs ½ diag Reel4, passing Rsh to (2,1,3)

After 2nd time through, 1c may dance [1-8] to reach 4pl

The Gloomy Winter 3/4L · S32

1L followed by 1M casts & dances across to 2nd place opp side (2s step up 3-4); 1s turn 1.3/4 LH
1L+2s dance 1/2 RH across while 1M casts up on Ladies' side, 1s pass LSh at top, 1M+2s dance 1/2 LH across while Ladies casts down on Ladies' side
1L+3s dance 1/2 LH across while 1M casts down on Ladies' side, 1s pass RSh, 1M+3s dance 1/2 RH across while 1L casts up Ladies' side
1s pass LSh into 1s+1st corners dance 1/2 diag reel of 4, 1s pass RSh & 1M curves round to follow 1L
2nd corners+1L+1M in tandem dance 1/2 diag reel of 3 (RSh to 3M)
1st corners (pstn)+1L+1M in tandem dance 1/2 diag reel of 3 (RSh to 3L place)
1s separate, 1L curves right to face 2nd corner (pstn) & 1s+2nd corners (pstn) dance 1/2 diag reel of 4. 1s end in 2nd place own side. 2 1 3

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Eric Ferguson
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NameDateOwnerLast changed
Youth Weekend West Ball 2016 2016-05-21 Rachel Pusey March 24, 2016, 7:21 p.m.
Scottish Dance Weekend Siófok 2016-06-04 Zoltán Gräff June 13, 2016, 3:41 p.m.
SGVB Summer Series 2022 Challenge Dances 2022-06-07 Anthea Macdonald July 3, 2022, 8:44 a.m.
Kuckucksnest Summer Course 2019: classes 2019-06-27 Ian Brockbank July 22, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

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