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Budapest Fun

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Budapest Fun 32 bar reel for three couples in a four couple longwise set Catriona Bennett, 2018

1-8 1st couple lead down the middle and up to 2nd place (2s step up on bars 3-4).
9-16 2nd and 1st couples dance right hands across, 1st and 3rd couples dance left hands across. 1st couple finish facing first corners.
17-24 1st couple dance a half reel of four with 1st corners and pass right shoulder to face 2nd corners, 1st couple dance a half reel of four with 2nd corners. 1st couple finish in 2nd place opposite side and all couples face clockwise.
25-28 All three couples chase clockwise halfway back to own side.
29-32 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round or birl.

Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Catriona Bennett, 14/10/2018)

Dance Information

This dance, Budapest Fun, was inspired by the fun I had on a long weekend in Budapest in October 2018.
The first 8 bars is travelling into the city and then onto dancing; the second 8 bars is the dancing; the third 8 bars is walking around visiting 45 places; and the last 8 bars is the musical fountain on Margaret Island which has become a favourite place of mine.

Recommended music: Budapest Birl by James Gray.

(Dance information by the deviser, Catriona Bennett)

Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, and the tenth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits.

The city has an estimated population of 1,752,286 over a land area of about 525 square kilometres (203 square miles).

Budapest is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the Budapest metropolitan area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres (2,944 square miles) and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33% of the population of Hungary.

Budapest attracts around 12 million international tourists per year, making it a highly popular destination in Europe.

The city was chosen as the Best European Destination of 2019, a major poll conducted by EBD, a tourism organisation partnering with the European Commission. It also topped the Best European Destinations 2020 list by Big7Media. Budapest also ranks as the 3rd best European city in a similar poll conducted by Which? Magazine.

Buda Castle With Matthias Church, Budapest

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Dance information from A Reel Goulash 2, Budapest Book of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with kind permission.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Budapest article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright hpgruesen [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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