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Braes of Dornoch

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Published on Oct 11, 2016

Charles Bolton reconstructed Braes of Dornoch (Johnson, 1757) as a 3-couple dance, publishing it in1989 in Retreads 4, part of a series of reconstructions of 17th and 18th century dances. If you compare his instructions to the video, you’ll see that the dancers at this Wilton, CT, event substitute a lively Rights and Lefts without hands to add energy at the end and a simple setting step instead of a balance as more fitting to the overall character of the dance in the first half of the B section.

Gene Murrow called the dance twice, accompanying A Joyful Noise on recorder in the second round. Their collaboration was inventive, uplifting, and a joy to dance to. Adding to the overall joy of the moment was the celebration of Carl Andersen’s 75th birthday and Sandy Taylor’s 65th, showing once again how dancing keeps us young at heart! –Paul Ross

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