Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Birthday Cake (Pollock)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE BIRTHDAY CAKE (R4x32) 4C set Pollock Sisters Newcastle Half Century Book

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-10 1s+4s change places, 1s dancing under arch made by 4s. 4231
11-12 1s+3s turn on sides (Ladies LH, Men RH) while 4s+2s turn on sides (Ladies RH, Men LH). 2413
13-14 1s+4s cross, 1L+4L nearer hands joined dance across under arch made by 1M+4M. (4)23(1)
15-16 1L+3M turn LH, as 1M+3L turn RH, as 4L+2M turn RH, as 4M+2L turn LH. (4)23(1)
17-18 2s+3s cross, Ladies dancing under arch made by Men
19-20 2L+4L turn RH, as 2M+4M turn LH, as 3L+1L LH, as 3M+1M RH. Finish (2)(4)(1)(3)
21-22 2s+3s change places up/down dance, 2s dancing under arch made by 3s
23-24 2L+1L turn RH, as 2M+1M turn LH, as 3L+4L turn LH, as 3M+4M turn RH. (4)(3)(2)(1)
25-28 4s followed by 3s and 2s dance towards each other and cast, 4s to 3rd place, 3s to 2nd place, 2s to 1st place. (2)(3)(4)(1)
29-32 All couples Set&Cross. 2341

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


Dance Information

Also see the dance The Birthday Cake (Sherman) by Holly V Sherman.
Birthday Cake
"The Birthday Cake" Augusta Ludwig (1834-1901)


Image copyright Augusta Ludwig [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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