Programme for Wednesday 15th April

Third virtual club night

Warm-up Amazing Grace (again).

Dance. Domino Five. Here’s a video (it’s not a demonstration but it has the great merits that the dancers look as though they are enjoying themselves and the set is the right way round – a couple of demo videos have the set upside down) Domino Five

Here’s the diagram:

And instructions:

Bars 1 to 4        Dancers 1+2+5 dance right hands across

Bars 5 to 8        Dancers 3+4+5 dance left hands across

Bars 9 to 16     Dancers 1+3+3 dance a right shoulder reel of 3 (5 and 1 pass right shoulder to begin)

Bars 17 to 24   Dancers 4+5+2 dance a left shoulder reel of 3 (5 and 4 pass left shoulder to begin)

Bars 25 to 28   Dancers 1+5 change places passing right shoulder, dancers 4+1 change places passing right shoulder

Bars 29 to 32   Dancers 3+4 change places passing right shoulder, dancers 2+3 change places passing right shoulder

Points:

  • Each formation flows smoothly into the next, dancer 5 is passing through their starting place every 4 bars until bar 24
  • Dancer 4 needs to watch the reel in bars 9 to 16 carefully so as to not try to start their reel before bar 17 (often dancer 4 sees dancer 5 coming towards them on bar 12 (half way through the right shoulder reel) and mistakes it for the end of bar 16). At the same time dancer 5 should try to avoid catching dancer 4’s eye.
  • The change places in bars 25 to 32 are quiet slow and should be graceful arcs passing through the central position

Now a challenge – Double Domino 5 – add 3 more dancers to the “ladies side” of the set and the dancers in positions 1 and 2 also dance as 4 and 3 in the other part of the set. I came across this in a JAM class I stooged for one Easter School, the dance fell apart on about the 6th time through! The dance has not been published anywhere but I’ve managed to cobble together a diagram for those who like the “Pilling” diagrams, with acknowledgement of Keith Rose whose diagrams I have “copied and paste” to make this poor imitation.

And the instructions:

Bars 1 to 4         1+2+5 also 6+7+8 RH across

Bars 5 to 8         3+4+5 also 1+2+8 LH across

Bars 9 to 16       1+5+3 also 6+8+2 RSh reel of 3

Bars 17 to 24    4+5+2 also 1+8+7 LSh reel of 3

Bars 25 to 26    1+5 also 6+8 chg pl RSh

Bars 27 to 28    4+1 also 5+6 chg pl RSh

Bars 29 to 30    3+4 also 2+5 chg pl RSh

Bars 31 to 32    2+7 (only) chg pl RSh

The dancers in positions 1 and 2 have to keep their wits about them and be ready to dance the LH across as well as RH across and both the reels and dancers 2 and 5 have to be prepared to take part in the change of positions in both parts of the set.

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