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10 Dances by Yuko Kondo with music by Kana Otake and Akiko Kasama

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14-11-2015

Happy Tartan Book

The Dances
The whole book of dances is inscribed to Ann Dix, who was Yuko Kondo’s first teacher at St Andrews Summer School, and who encouraged her enthusiasm for choreography.
The first dance, Happy Tartan, is a very simple dance aimed at teaching reels of three to a beginner. It also works well as a warm-up dance.
The dances that follow, however, are of greater substance, making use in imaginative ways of both standard and more recently introduced formations like the bourrel and the Celtic reel.
There are dances for small groups, two couples or three couples, as well as four couples and one for five couples, though this is a variant of Happy Tartan, a ‘three couple in four’ dance. One dance is for ‘three persons’, A Geometry Class, a useful alternative to The Shepherd’s Crook!
Two of the dances helpfully give an opportunity for steps from the Highland tradition: Chasing the Elf, a two couple dance in a three couple set, introduces coupé/pas de basque, while A Geometry Class allows any Highland strathspey setting step.
Sakura, cherry flowers, is an interesting medley, 64 strathspey + 64 reel, with solos for women and men in the strathspey and for head and side couples in the reel. It introduces the Celtic reel, and finishes with a lively birl (turn, and turn, and turn!).

The Production
The attractive design and typography deserves a mention, the work of Natsumi Iino. The book includes a very clear pull-out section of ‘Pilling’ style diagrams.

For more information about the Scottish Country Dance club Happy Tartan, see The Japan-Scotland Society web site.

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All proceeds from the sale of this Book  (and accompanying CD) will go to 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

10 Dances by Yuko Kondo with music by Kana Otake and Akiko Kasama

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