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Monday, September 28, 2015


Scottish Country Dance Classes
at the Malak Community Centre
Our next 12 week BEGINNERS COURSE for adults and teenagers is coming up!

Courses are run at the Malak Community Centre on Malak Crescent.


Protect your HEART — excellent aerobic activity.

Delay or prevent OSTEOPOROSIS — regular weightbearing activity for the bones.

Keep ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE at bay — the brain is kept constantly challenged.

Prolong a HAPPY LIFE — regular social interaction with good company.

The  Scottish  Country  Dance Society  Inc  will  be  commencing  Darwin's  next  Beginners  Course  at  the MALAK COMMUNITY CENTRE in Malak Crescent on Saturday 13 February  2016
for 12 weekly sessions each Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

These courses assume NO prior knowledge, experience or ability whatsoever (ancestry is immaterial!), and are structured so that participants completing the course are then able to continue dancing with skill and pleasure at the Society's weekly sessions in the Malak Centre on Saturday afternoons, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
They are also able to join in with the thousands of other groups world-wide when travelling interstate or overseas.

You can enrol by yourself, with a friend, as a couple or in a group; there is no requirement to bring a partner to join.

  • 12 intensive lessons, starting completely from scratch, covering ALL the basics and more with internationally qualified teachers.
  • Graded exercise to develop fitness and skills as required.
  • Printed details of instructions for all techniques and dances covered.
  • Specific instruction and practice in a graded set of 21 dances.
  • Good fun, good company and good exercise. 

Regular attendance, punctuality and effort.   The course is sequential and quite intensive; partial attendance is not likely to lead to either success or maintained interest.   Obviously if you lose interest you are free to drop out, but we don't think you will.

Lightweight very casual clothing, e.g T-shirt and shorts.

To start, very light supple shoes or dancing pumps (no high heels).   Heavy or clumsy footwear is not suitable.   Correct Scottish Country Dance shoes can be purchased in Darwin (from Dance World, Darwin, 6 Charlton Place, Woolner; phone 8981 9398) as soon as you decide to continue.

It is necessary to charge participants a nominal fee of $50 for the course to cover basic costs, but the maximum total fee for family enrolments is limited to $100 to encourage families to dance together, and for groups of 4 or more like-minded friends, half price!
Early applications accompanied by a $10 non-returnable registration component of the fee will guarantee a place on the course, with the balance payable by or on the commencement of the course.

phone Angus Henry on 8927 9203, or contact us.
Monday, December 29, 2014
The Copthorne Steamie

The Copthorne Steamie

The Copthorne Steamie
A 40-bar jig for 4½ couples in a longwise set
(the ½ stands at the top of the set as the “Umbrella” with a small part-filled
laundry basket )

1 – 4 1st with 2nd couple and 3rd with 4th couple advance and retire diagonally, touching
right hands with a pushing or punching motion in the middle.

5 – 8 1st and 4th couples advance and retire to partners twice, touching right hands in a
similar manner to previously, while 2nd and 3rd couples dance four hands once round
to the left.

9 – 12 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples dance half reels of four on the sides; instead of completing
the left shoulder pass at the end, 3rd with 2nd men and 3rd with 2nd women finish
when side by side giving left hands, 2nd couple facing down and 3rd couple up, in a line
across the dance.

13 – 16 4th and 1st couples turn partner once round with the right hand, while 3rd with 2nd
men, and 3rd with 2nd women, turn three quarters round with the left hand. Finish in
order 4,2,3,1 with 2nd man facing up.

17 – 24 all stand chatting to all and sundry, while 4th and 2nd men change places with both
hands and two pas de basque on bars 17–18, then 3rd and 1st women on bars 19–20,
3rd and 1st men on bars 21–22 and 4th and 2nd women on bars 23–24. Order is now

25 – 32 2nd and 3rd couples chase clockwise right round the outside of the set while 4th and 1st
couples turn right about on the spot with two pas de basque then chase anticlockwise
once round inside the set in six bars. On the last bar, as he arrives at the top, 2nd man
is given the laundry basket by the “Umbrella”.

33 – 40 The laundry basket is passed, one bar for each pass, from 2nd man to 4th man, to 1st
man, to 3rd man, to 3rd woman, then to 1st woman, to 4th woman, to 2nd woman, then
back to the “Umbrella”.

Repeat from new positions.
At the end of the fourth time through the “Umbrella”, carrying a raised umbrella,
dances round the inside of the set sheltering the laundry basket as it is moved round,
then dances off followed by the top woman who retains the basket then the other women
and the men in clockwise order round the set.

Devised by Angus Henry at very short notice as a ceilidh item, to represent a technically trying but
socially stimulating New Year’s Day working in the residents’ laundry at a NZ Summer School, and
inspired by people coming and going, looking for a chance to use the single washing machine and
dryer, wrestling with attempts to get the coin/token slots to work and to interpret their
dysfunctional warning lights, joking about sharing washing, and suggesting this dance to
commemorate the occasion, before getting their washing safely home in the rain. 1 January 2012.
Courtney Jane

Courtney Jane

Courtney Jane
A 32 bar jig for 3 couples in a 3‑couple set

1 – 8 1st and 2nd couples dance set and rotate.

9 – 12 1st and 3rd couples dance right hands across once round; keep facing

13 – 16 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples chase clockwise half way round, to finish in
order 3, 1, 2, all on opposite sides.

17 – 18 3rd woman (in 1st man’s place) and 2nd man (in 3rd woman’s place)
change places giving right hands.

19 – 20 3rd man (in 1st woman’s place) and 2nd woman (in 3rd man’s place)
change places giving left hands.

21 – 22 1st couple turn halfway round giving right hands while moving down
one place to own sides; 3rd couple step up.

23 – 24 2nd, 3rd and 1st couples, joining near hands on the sides, set.

25 – 32 2nd, 3rd and 1st couples dance six hands round and back. Finish in
order 2, 3, 1.

Repeat with a new top couple.

N.B. The dance can be adapted for four couples by 2nd, 3rd, 1st and 4th
couples all joining near hands and setting on bars 23–24, then dancing
eight hands round and back on bars 25–32. 4th couple then step up on
bars 1–2 as the new top couple are starting.

Dance devised by Angus Henry, Darwin, in February 2010

Music: “My Dungannon Sweetheart” (G Townsend); (lead tune for “Upper Tarr”
(8x32)J on the Ian Muir Sound CD “Second Kirkbrae Collection”).

Commissioned by Lynette Westwood for the commemoration of 10 years of Scottish
Country Dancing in Kununurra, Western Australia and dedicated to the memory of
Courtney Jane Kuiper, a beautiful dancer and friend of six years. The dance captures
her lively and happy nature.
Eighteen Years On

Eighteen Years On

Eighteen Years On
A 32-bar reel for 3 couples in a four-couple longwise set.

1 – 4 1st couple, giving right hands, cross over and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up
on bars 3-4.

5 – 8 1st woman dances a half figure of eight round 3rd couple while 1st man dances a half
figure of eight round 2nd couple, to finish facing first corners.

9 – 10 1st couple and 1st corners pass by the right, 1st couple finishing in their first corner
positions while the corners continue and pass each other by the right to face second
corner positions (one place on anticlockwise).

11 – 12 1st couple set, while 3rd and 2nd women and 2nd and 3rd men pass by the right. 3rd
woman and 2nd man finish in second corner positions while 3rd man and 2nd woman
continue and pass each other by the right to face next corner positions one place on

13 – 14 1st and 2nd women and 1st and 3rd men pass by the right. 2nd woman and 3rd man
finish in corner positions while 1st couple continue and pass by the right.

15 – 16 1st couple, giving right hands, turn once round to finish back-to-back, woman facing
down and man facing up, while all four corners dance clockwise to the next corner
position. 2nd couple face down and 3rd couple face up.

17 – 24 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance bars 3-8 of crown triangles, then 1st couple dance
round partner by the right to face out in second place on opposite sides.

25 – 32 1st woman with 2nd and 3rd men and 1st man with 2nd and 3rd women dance reels
of three on the sides. 1st couple pass first corners by the right to begin. On bars
31-32, 1st couple dance from opposite ends of the reels into second place on own sides.

Music: “Aileen’s Reel”, for “Dancing On” on the Vintage Goldring CD by M Johnstone & K Smith.

Devised by Puka and Angus Henry, 31 January 2008, for Pat McGregor, the only dancer left from
the 12 weeks beginners’ course held early in 1990. She has been a loyal and supportive member
of our weekly classes ever since joining the group.
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