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Born To Dance

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BORN TO DANCE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Gaye Collin From Paper To Pearl

1- 8 1s dance down, cast up round 3s, turn LH, finish in centre 1M facing 3s, 1L facing 2s (2s step up 3-4)
9-16 1M+3s and 1L+2s dance ½ RH across (2 bars), all drop hands and 1s lead chase clockwise to finish in lines of 3 across, Ladies at top facing down, Men in 3rd place facing up
17-24 All advance, set turning Right about. 2L followed by 1L+3L also 3M followed by 1M+2M dance down/up own sides (2L pull back RSh to face up) 312
25-32 ½ RSh reels on sides (1L+2L, 1M+3M pass RSh to start), 1s turn LH to 2nd place own side, 3s+1s+2s set

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


Dance Notes

The following alternative version for bars 17-24 has the deviser's approval:

17-18 all set advancing, pulling right shoulder back to finish facing clockwise around the set;

19-24 2L followed by 1L3L, 3M followed by 1M2M, cast clockwise and chase (more sedately in this version) to finish 3s1s2s on own sides.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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Dance Information

The recommended music is Father Connolly's Jig as on Marian Anderson's Scottish Dance Band CD, Scottish Dances Vol 12.

The dance was devised for Diane Bradshaw for her 50th birthday.

Born To Dance Painting Image
Born To Dance
"Playing Children" Federico Oliva (Spain, Late 19th century), Oil On Canvas, 19th Century


Image Copyright Federico Oliva [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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