BILL McIVER'S FANCY
32 bar strathspey for 3 couples in a 4-couple set
Devised by Tim Wilson May 3, 2010
1-4 1st couple set and cast off one place. 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5-8 1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple dance right hands across once round; 1st couple finish back to back in the center and face 1st corners.
9-12 1st couple set to 1st corners and turn them with right hands once round. 1st couple pass right shoulders to face 2nd corners.
13-16 1st couple set to 2nd corners and turn them with left hands once round. 1st couple pass left shoulders to meet in the center, face up, nearer hands joined. 1st man pulls left shoulder back.
17-24 1st couple nearer hands joined lead out the top of the set and cast off one place to meet in the center of the dance and face down; 1st couple nearer hands joined lead out the bottom of the set and cast up one place to meet in the center of the dance and face up. While 2nd and 3rd couples set and cross over with right hands; set and turn partner with right hands halfway to face up.
25-32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance the promenade. (The final figure could be adapted to an allemande for a 3-couple set dance.)
Repeat having passed a couple.
This dance was devised for Bill and Carolyn McIver of Reno, Nevada. For several years they have hosted a number of dancers in their home for the annual Truckee, California workshop. They are the consummate hosts and really see to the well-being of each guest. Bill is a gourmet chef; so the vittles are always top-notch. I won't even touch on his Scotch collection but you can imagine. What is a special pleasure is to see the loving care that Bill and Carolyn show each other in many small ways. It is clear that they still fancy one another quite a bit.