Winter 2017 two-hand set dance

Face each other, skip forward take hands, lady passed on front (her arm in from)

Skip forward 2 beats, sevens outward, sevens inward, lady in back, her hand on partner’s left shoulder

Pop234567 (sevens outward), sunshine arms send in place, sevens while turning over right shoulder, sevens inward, lady in front (partner’s hands on her right shoulder)

Pop234567 (sevens outward), sunshine arms send in place, sevens while turning over left shoulder, sevens inward, face each other

Skip around in circle (be back by 6), face each other.

Take hands and sevens to back, open arms and circle to right, close arms and sevens to front, open arm and circle to right.

Spin lady, skip to back, spin again, face front, point and bow.

Spring 2017 slip jig and hornpipe

Slip jig: keep the momentum going

Step lift-hop-down step lift-hop-down

Skip1 skip(left)2-3 leap2-3 (right, end with left in front), hop-buttkick(rightfoot), place right foot in front

Hop(leftbuttkick) slide-left, hop(rightbuttkick) slide-right

Cut left, cut right, point right.

(Turn around walk) step left, step right, step left.  (Immediately go into next step)

(Old: Gallop, turn switch-kick, turn-on-right, point left. Twist-twist-twist forward something something)


Hop cross-step-step step-heel(left) (half grapevine), hop-over step-right hop-onto-right (left buttkick)

Rally rally rally back (right in back)

Rally-right back-toe-right back-toe-left whip-right, rally-right  toe-toe-toe cut-left-bang

Rally-left hop-over-right, rally-right hop-over-left

Slide-right slide-left

Rally rally rally back (while turning), rally up rally back.

Emerald City and 12-hr Rey

That’s right, I survived Emerald City Comic Con 2017 without having slept for 36 hours and I busted out Rey’s vest in 12 hours.  I keep telling myself that I’ll start things ahead of time and that I’ll do things right next time… fast forward to the night before a costume deadline, hunched over the sewing machine, cutting corners left and right, fueled by the ridiculous levels of caffeine in boba….

Next time, next time.

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Star Wars everyday

Art and I were watching Rogue One at the Cinerama for the third time yesterday* and I had a realization: “Why not Star Wars everyday?”


I was sitting there studying Cassian Andor’s parka and mulling over a comment that friend made to me last month: “Hey, you should totally make Jyn Erso’s jacket, you could totally pull that off.”  Yeah, thought I, I do like Jyn, but I preferred her badass self in the trailers than the final movie cut (COME ON: and her out fit is not really a “costume” costume and it would be hard pressed to feel like I was dressed up at a convention rather than everyday life… Wait.  EVERYDAY LIFE.

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First Irish Dance class of 2017

I had dance class the day after the 2016 election and Addi, our dance teacher sub and public school teacher, was like, “I have spent the whole day watching grown adults cry.  I am going to enjoy the heck out of dance class today because it will be the highlight of my week.”  So.  Yes.  Sounds like a good way to start the year.

We did receive my favorite presents ever for Christmas from our amazing friends in Alaska: duel-ready lightsabers!   Art & I totally wandered around the house whacking each other for at least a half hour.  Now all we need is a lightsaber dueling dojo and we will be set.


Half a slip jig step from Janelle:

(Right foot) Point in-out-in kick butt back

Jump-switch jump-switch (right foot in back)

Step right foot front to point

Skip-1 Skip-1-2 Leap 2-3 Step front point

(Grapevine) Whip right 1-2-3-4-5 (Legs are uncrossed)

Gallop-right walk-turn

Step-right left-lift step-right kick-butt-left whip-left to turn (the last bit may be wrong footed)

New Treble Reel Step from Jessica:

Bang rally-right back-toe-right

Rally-left back-toe-left step-back-left whip right


Rally-back rally-back rally-back


Charleston-whip right foot from back to front

Swivel feet 1-2-3-4 < > < >

(Then repeat on left)

Maggie’s Christmas step:

Step-right step-left

Swivel feet 1-2 <>

Rally back

(repeat on left)

R dance slip jig swingy:

Skip 1 skip 1 skip 1-2 leap-2-3 step en pointe kickbutt pause

Skip 1-2 switch skip leap 2-3 whip-up