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The Inimitable Derek

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THE INIMITABLE DEREK (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring

1- 8 1s+2s turn 1¼ times on sides (Ladies LH, Men RH) to end in line across 1s BtoB, 1s+2s set, Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men turn ¾ LH. 213
9-16 1s dance ½ reels of 3 on sides (1L in and up, 1M in and down), 2s+3s continue reel while 1s cross to join other reel (1L crosses down to 3rd place Men's side while 1M crosses up to 1st place Ladies' side) and 1s turn 3M/2L RH to end in a diagonal line between 2nd corners
17-24 1s Balance-in-Line with 2nd corners, 1s turn LH and Balance-in-Line with 1st corners, 1s turn LH to...
25-32 1s dance RH across on sides (1L with 2L+3L, 1M with 2M+3M), 1L dances up and casts to 2nd place own side while 1M dances down and casts up to 2nd place

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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This reel, The Inimitable Derek, was devised by Roy Goldring as a tribute to Derek Hayne's life and commitment to the RSCDS.

Derek Haynes was born a Lancastrian, whose ancestors may well have fought in the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century in which the House of Lancaster (Red Rose) defeated the House of York (White Rose) to gain the English throne. As a Scottish country dancer, he devised over 60 dances to attain the stature of those other iconic SCD devisers, John Drewry and Roy Goldring.

Check these examples of his devising skill. He was responsible for Miss Gibson's Strathspey, The Clansman, the fearsome (for some) five-couple Black Mountain Reel, the cute, partnerless and very simple Domino Five, and a jig called The Famous Grouse, which I don't think I have ever sampled, except in its liquid form as a premium blended Scotch whisky. With regret, nor have I ever experienced Jennifer's Itchy Fingers, which he devised as a reel.

I believe that all of Derek's dances are contained in his Carnforth Collection. Carnforth is another English town in Lancashire, just a few miles north of his Lancaster home.

In 2005 at the age of 73, Derek shuffled off this mortal coil (as Shakespeare might have said), although he more likely left us by dancing down - but not back.

The Barry Pipes Canon 081- February, 2016.

(Dance information from set and link, RSCDS Toronto Newsletter - What's In A Name? The Barry Pipes Canon 2005-2018, reproduced here with kind permission. Copyright Barry Pipes. All rights reserved)

Derek Haynes
Derek Haynes

Image copyright C Moran, all rights reserved, 2021.

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