JENNIFER'S DANCES

A selection of 24 social and performance dances choreographed by Red Thistle Dancers founder

Jennifer Kelly

 

presented in a booklet, DVD, and two music CDs from Red Thistle Music!

Dances performed by The Red Thistle Dancers

The Jennifer’s Dances project consists of four elements, designed to work together:

 

• A CD presenting the music for the Performance Dances recorded by Red Thistle Music

• A CD presenting the music for the Social Dances recorded by Red Thistle Music

• A booklet containing dance descriptions of 12 social dances and 12 performance dances, intended to work in conjunction with the DVD.

• A DVD showing all of the dances as performed by the Red Thistle Dancers, intended to work in conjunction with the booklet.

 

These items may be purchased individually, or in various combinations.  For more information, visit Red Thistle Music, House Band of the Red Thistle Dancers!

Performance Dances CD

Though this album was designed to work in conjunction with the Jennifer's Dance booklet, perfect for teachers and dancers wishing to learn these new dances, it was also sequenced to present an enjoyable listening experience for dancers and non-dancers alike. The variety of tempos and tunes across this album will keep toes tapping and provide a lovely audio tapestry for dreams of Scotland. This CD presents music for the 12 Performance Dances from the Jennifer's Dances project, with two versions of music for the dance Unravelling bringing the track total up to 13.

1. Dancing Feet (1 x 88R) 01:45
2. The Thornes Among The Thistles (1 x 64J) 01:19
3. Morning Mist (2 x 40S) 02:41
4. Corn Rigs and Variations (4 x 32R) 02:31
5. Jack's Dance (2 x 32S + 2 x 48J) 03:51
6. Californian Bumpkin (1 x 96R) 01:54
7. Mr. Smith's Delight (2 x 40S) 02:44
8. Scottish Spirit (4 x 40J) 03:04
9. One Hundred and Fifty Plus Fifty (1 x 64S + 1 x 64 R) 03:18
10. Unravelling (Medley)(1 x 32S + 1 x 32R) 01:46       
11. Summer's End Suite (1x40J + 2 x 32S + 4 bars + 1 x 88R) 04:39
12. Unravelling (2 x 32S) 02:13
13. Ebb and Flo' (1 x 80R w/ double chord at end) 01:42

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Social Dances CD

The reels, hornpipes, jigs, and strathspeys that fill this album will transport you, whether you are on the dance floor, or at home with your feet up. Red Thistle Music has recorded arrangements for the 12 Social Dances from the Jennifer's Dances project. This CD complements the Jennifer's Dance booklet and DVD, ideal for teachers and dancers wishing to learn these new dances, as well as providing a wonderful listening experience for anyone who enjoys Scottish dance music.

1. Armin's Dance (5 x 40H) 03:48
2. The Scallywag (8 x 40J) 05:58
3. Marianna's Strathspey (8 x 32S) 08:20
4. C. Stewart Smith (4 x 32R) 02:28
5. A Garden Wedding (4 x 40J) 03:02
6. Serendipity (5 x 40S) 06:30
7. Cairngorm Magic (8 x 40H) 05:53
8. Red Wine and Straight Lines (1 x 32J + 1 x 32S + 1 x 32R) 02:16
9. Meeting and Greeting (6 x 32J) 03:41
10. Rosemary's Reel (6 x 32R) 03:38
11. Jonathan's Farewell (8 x 32S) 08:15
12. Forty Something Reel (3 x 40R) 02:19

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Jennifer’s Dances DVD

Jennifer’s Dances presents dances composed during the many years that Jennifer Kelly worked as artistic director of The Red Thistle Dancers. This DVD contains video demonstrations of the 12 Social and 12 Performance Dances performed by the Red Thistle Dancers, and is designed to work in conjunction with the booklet, as an aid for those wishing to learn and teach the dances.

The Jennifer's Dances DVD includes demonstrations of the following Social Dances:
1. Armin’s Dance (40H for five couples)
2. C. Stewart Smith (32R for four couples)
3. Cairngorm Magic (40H for three couples)
4. Forty Something Reel (40R for three couples)
5. A Garden Wedding (40J for four couples)
6. Jonathan’s Farewell (32S for two couples)
7. Marianna’s Strathspey (32S for three couples)
8. Meeting and Greeting (32J for three dancers round-the-room)
9. Red Wine and Straight Lines (A 32 dance for three couples in any tempo)
10. Rosemary’s Reel (32R for three couples)
11. The Scallywag (40J for three couples)
12. Serendipity (40S for five couples)

... and the following Performance Dances:
1. The Californian Bumpkin (1 x 96R)
2. Corn Rigs and Variations (4 x 32R)
3. Dancing Feet (1 x 88R)
4. Ebb and Flo’ (1 x 80R w/ double chord at end)
5. Jack’s Dance (2 x 32S + 2 x 48J)
6. Morning Mist (2 x 40S)
7. Mr. Smith’s Delight (2 x 40S)
8. One Hundred and Fifty plus Fifty (1 x 64S + 1 x 64R)
9. Scottish Spirit (4 x 40J)
10. Summer’s End Suite (1 x 40J + 2 x 32S + 4bars + 1 x 88R)
11. The Thornes Among the Thistles (1 x 64J)
12. Unravelling (medley) (1 x 32S + 1 x 32R)
13. Unravelling (strathspey) (2 x 32S)

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The Jennifer’s Dances Booklet

The Jennifer’s Dances booklet presents dances composed during the many years that Jennifer Kelly worked as artistic director of The Red Thistle Dancers, and is intended to work in conjunction with the DVD.

The Jennifer's Dances booklet includes instructions for the following Social Dances:
1. Armin’s Dance (40H for five couples)
2. C. Stewart Smith (32R for four couples)
3. Cairngorm Magic (40H for three couples)
4. Forty Something Reel (40R for three couples)
5. A Garden Wedding (40J for four couples)
6. Jonathan’s Farewell (32S for two couples)
7. Marianna’s Strathspey (32S for three couples)
8. Meeting and Greeting (32J for three dancers round-the-room)
9. Red Wine and Straight Lines (A 32 dance for three couples in any tempo)
10. Rosemary’s Reel (32R for three couples)
11. The Scallywag (40J for three couples)
12. Serendipity (40S for five couples)

... and the following Performance Dances:
1. The Californian Bumpkin (96R for nine dancers)
2. Corn Rigs and Variations (32R for 16 dancers)
3. Dancing Feet (88R for twelve dancers)
4. Ebb and Flo’ (80R for twelve dancers in a square)
5. Jack’s Dance (32S + 48J for three couples in a triangular set)
6. Morning Mist (40S in a square set)
7. Mr. Smith’s Delight (40S in a square set)
8. One Hundred and Fifty plus Fifty (64S + 64R in a suare set)
9. Scottish Spirit (40J round-the-room progressive couple dance)
10. Summer’s End Suite (40J + 32S + 88R medley for eighteen dancers)
11. The Thornes Among the Thistles (64J in a suare set)
12. Unravelling (A medley [32S + 32R] or strathspey [2 x 32S] for two couples)

 

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