A TRIBUTE TO FRED DeMARSE or THE NONDESCRIPT CARPET COURT
32 bar reel for 3 couples in a 4-couple longwise set
|1-8||1st couple cross giving right hands, cast off 2 places, dance up to top Nearer Hands Joined and cast off 1 place. 2nd couple step up 3-4|
|9-14||Chain Rights & Lefts for 6 bars;
9-10: 1st man changes diagonally giving right hands with 2nd man, while 1st woman changes diagonally giving right hands with 3rd woman.
11-12: 2nd man changes diagonally giving left hands with 3rd man, while 3rd woman changes diagonally giving left hands with 2nd woman.
13-14: 1st man changes diagonally giving right hands with 3rd man, while 1st woman changes diagonally giving right hands with 2nd woman.
|15-16||1st couple turn 3/4 right hand to face 2nd corner position, while 2nd and 3rd couples cross giving right hands|
|17-20||1st couple dance ½ a reel of 4 with 2nd corners, 1st couplet urn left hands approximately 3/4 on bar 20 to face 1st corner position.|
|21-24||1st couple dance ½ a reel of 4 with 1st corners, 1s dance straight to 2nd place own sides from 1st corners' position on 23-24.|
|25-32||2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance 6 hands round and back.|
Tune: Alasdair Fraser's Compliments to Lorna Mitchell (Publ. in The Nineties Collection – Saltire Music)
Devised by Duncan Brown (duncanqlnbrown [at] tiscali.co.uk, sometime in 2008. Named in tribute to Fred DeMarse's great teaching of the Highland Class at the 2008 RSCDS Summer School.
The alternative title - The Nondescript Carpet Court refers to an article in the Nov 2008 RSCDS San Francisco Branch Newsletter 'The Reel and Strathspeyper' where Donna Weidenfeller had told of the demise of the chequered carpet tiles of the Chequered Court in University Hall in St Andrews, which have been replaced by nondescript carpeting.
Comment from: Donna Weidenfeller Visitor
You surely are quick Duncan…what fun; as a tribute dance for Fred and in memory of our dearly beloved "checkered court"!!!!
Comment from: Becky Sager Visitor
Not only quick - more like clairvoyant? The latest Reel and Strathspeyper on the SF webpage is September 2008. Duncan must have had a preview. In American usage, nondescript has no hyphen, and I believe current English usage is the same - tho’ the OED in 1811 had a hyphen!
Comment from: Member
I will email Lara with an update on nondescript.
The Nov newsletter was up on Monday lunchtime (BST), but had disappeared by Monday evening - perhaps it will go back up soon.
Comment from: Member
November edition is now up on the SF Branch website.