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A Trip To Bavaria

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A TRIP TO BAVARIA (R4x32) 4C set James MacGregor-Brown Collins Pocket Ref

1- 4 1s and 4s cross RH while 2s+3s dance ½ RH across, 1s+3s and 2s+4s change places LH on sides
5- 16 Repeat 1-4 another 3 times (end couples cross RH, middle couples ½ RH across; couples in 1st+2nd place also 3rd+4th place change places LH) All finish in original places
17-24 1s set to 2s and cross over to face 3s, set and cross to face 4s
25-32 1s set to 4s and cross over to 4th place on opposite sides, all Adv+Ret 2 steps and 1s change places RH (2H popular) to retire to own sides. 2341

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


A Trip to Bavaria
James MacGregor-Brown   Collins Pocket Reference
Reel   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2   1s cross WHILE 4s cross WHILE 2s3s right hands across halfway;

  3-4   1s3s 2s4s cross by the left on the sides, finishing 3s1s4s2s, all on opposite sides;

  5-8   repeat bars 1-4 from new places, those in 1st place dancing as 1s and so on, finishing 4s3s2s1s;

  9-16 repeat bars 1-8 from new places, those in 1st place dancing as 1s and so on, finishing in original places, 1s facing down, 2s facing up;

17-18 1M2M 1L2L set;

19-20 1s cross down to face 3s;

21-22 1L3M 1M3L set;

23-24 1s cross down to face 4s;

25-26 1M4M 1L4L set;

27-28 1s cross down to 4th place;

29-32 2s3s4s advance and retire WHILE 1s advance, turn both hands and retire, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  1-16 Beware of going too far in the right hands across halfway; pull the left shoulder back slightly at the end to face up if now in 2nd place, down if now in 3rd place. Note that 2nd couple must progress all the way to 4th place before returning to 1st place and then back to 2nd place; similarly, 3rd couple must progress all the way to 1st place before returning to 4th place and then back to 3rd place.

19-20 1s should take right hands while crossing down.

23-24 1s should take left hands while crossing down.

27-28 1s should take right hands while crossing down.

29-32 The first step of the advance should be long so that the 1s can more easily turn both hands; the first step of the retire should be short so that the 1s can more easily join in.


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Bavaria is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of the country. With an area of 70,548 square kilometres (27,200 sq mi) and almost 12.5 million inhabitants, it is the largest German state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Its capital is Munich in Upper Bavaria.
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